I am going to break the "Wildlife up close" digiscoping series for a short interlude about Robins.
Robins are the greatest birds on earth. ever. you may have heard me say this before about other bird species, but this time I really mean it.
Southern Africa has a real wealth of robin species. well, at least we call them robins, but they are more like the chats and redstarts of the Palearctic. and what the north americans call robins, I'd call a thrush. but that is all just splitting feathers.
Just on this last trip to South Africa, I saw these robins:
White-starred Robin (Krantzkloof NR, KZN)
Brown Scrub-Robin (St Lucia, KZN)
White-browed Scrub Robin (Isimangaliso Wetland Park, KZN)
Kalahari Scrub Robin (near Bloemfontein, FS)
Karoo Scrub-Robin (near Bloemfontein, FS)
Chorister Robin-Chat (Magoebaskloof, LP)
Red-capped Robin-Chat (Berg-en-Dal, KNP & KZN)
Cape Robin-Chat (pretty much everywhere)
White-browed Robin-Chat (Lower Sabie, KNP)
White-throated Robin-Chat (W Swaziland)
and an Orange Ground Thrush (Swartbos, LP) - not a robin but kinda robin-like and a very very cool bird!
That is 10 robin species!
White-browed Robin-Chat (aka Heuglin's Robin)
Red-capped Robin-Chat (aka Natal Robin)