Cape Robin-Chat longevity record — by Geoff Lockwood
F68667 Red/Metal is getting old. On 27 May 2000, an adult female Cape Robin-Chat flew into the Delta Environmental Centre building and, before releasing her, I fitted ring number F68667 to her right tarsus. 21 days later (on my birthday) she was caught in the building again, and I decided to add a red plastic colour ring.
Since then she has been a feature around the Centre and I have sighted her numerous times. I also re-trapped her on 30 June 2010 (during the Football World Cup) and again 12 October 2015. This season she is sporting a white outer tail feather (is she going grey?) – just visible in the photograph taken in the car park in June 2016 – over 16 years after she first ringed.
On the 17th December 2016 she became the longest-lived Cape Robin-Chat in the ringing data base – at just under 16 years and 7 months old. Since then, I have had a number of sightings – the most recent being on 09 February 2017
We have come a long way together!