The Cape Robin is – as many of you know – regularly seen in our garden. It breeds here quite successfully and brightens most early mornings with its beautiful melodies.

Another pretty robin – although many describe it as being drab – is the Karoo Scrub Robin which prefers more arid areas and so we have to travel to the Addo Elephant National Park if we want to see one. There we can be assured of spotting at least one of them at the Domkrag waterhole. They boldly hop around in front of the Spekboom hedge and can often be seen eating ants, catching beetles or even flies – quite unfazed by the visitors peering over the hedge at the birds and animals that may be at the waterhole below. It appears to be quite tame, although flies away if one approaches too close.

Karoo Scrub Robin


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