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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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A lovey feel good story James. It is amazing how many chicks actually survive, although there are thousands more birds to probably make up for the lossses. I remember a blog about a scrub robin nest in chef Anna’s garden. Does the same parents nest in close proximity to the previous year’s nest or is it impossoble to tell?

Hi Marinda,
Robert’s Birds has the population density as being about roughly one pair per hectare (100mm x 100m). I imagine since decent nests sites could be limited (depending on the nature of the territory), they may well reuse nests.

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Thanks, James, for a glimpse into the very early life of this Robin. For however long “ever after” is, I hope it has a life that is happy and long enough to reproduce.

Thanks for the comments Lucie,
I don’t imagine the chick will go far, as scrub robins don’t have particularly big territories.

I loved this series of photos, James. What a transformation birds make from birth, and so quickly! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Darlene. It’s incredible how fast they grow!

Hi James, very interesting post and amazing how quickly this little one grew! I think the mother is quite pretty though, so there’s hope for this little one yet to grow into a beauty! I love the happy ending to your story!! ?

Bravo to the chick’s parents for nurturing this little one. It’s the responsibility of any parent to provide food, shelter and love but some perform better than others.

I have a hanging flower pot here in Northern California that has been the nesting site for mourning doves. On average two eggs are laid – one year both chicks hatched and fledged and the second year, only one egg hatched. Seems a predator ravaged the other one. So yes, a lot of luck is involved to raise these tiny birds. Great that you discovered this nest and were able to record the development. Always enjoy the happy ending!!

Wonderful post, James. Magic happening everywhere!! A few years ago a robin built a nest right outside my dining room window at eye level; what a treat to watch a similar process unfold as you describe.

Hi Susan. Lovely to have them right outside the window. Did the chicks make it?

They did! Such a privelege and joy to watch in process.

Fabulous images. Loved the piece. Thanks!

Thanks Jazz,
Glad you liked it!

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