Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 79 - Superb Fairy Wren

Greetings one and all - lead is melting in the garden and steam is coming from my ears and the back of the computer - local temps got to almost 112!  That too hot to even think.

So, here are some images that were taken on a much cooler day.

This is a male Superb Fairy-Wren.  I was surprised when this bird popped up on to the top of a reed stem and stayed there for a while.

I'm not sure if I like the reeds that cut across some of the images - but I do think they give the whole picture a depth.  Also, I think it makes the bird look a little more hidden and secretive.

Thats all from me - its too hot!





Hope the weather is a little less brutal for you - please pass the WBW around any networks you have - the more links the merrier.

44 comments:

  1. What a beauty of a bird and I think that the reeds and grasses add an interesting texture. Wow sounds really hot, hot hot. Stay cool~

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  2. such a sweet little pip of a bird. :) do try to stay comfortable (as i have the space heater running in my room next to me...)

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  3. I really, really like that little Wren. I hope it gets a bit cooler for you soon. From Findlay

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  4. Love this little bird.....like a cross between gnatcatcher, warbler, chickadee and hummingbird:) Look forward to the day when I get to observe one in the wild:)

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  5. Cute little guy! Stay cool Stewart. I would melt in that heat!

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  6. Good to hear its hot out there, we have a cold front here at the moment, so a little jealous. Nice bird and capture Stewart. Peter

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  7. A lovely post, Stewart! It must be a very small one?

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  8. What a little stunner Stewart, that blue is unbelievable, great shots.
    All the best Gordon.

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  9. I love wrens. This is a particularly beautiful one. Great shots.

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  10. What a cool little bird!! Congrats on a series of great photos!

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  11. Great shots I like the reeds in the photos it gives more of the birds environment. Sending you cool weather thoughts.

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  12. What a beautiful little bird. A Fairy Wren you say? I want one. I have a Fairy collection (Something I used to do) and that little birdie is so sweet.

    112 degrees--OUCH---You are right when you question if we live on the same planet. amazing eh. MB

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  13. wat is hij mooi ,dit is toch genieten als je dit voor je lens krijgt.

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  14. wat is hij mooi ,dit is toch genieten als je dit voor je lens krijgt.

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  15. These are keepers, Stewart. I can't ever be glib about these pictures ... beautiful bird, but it is the background, the reeds and the bird all together that make it so perfect. I do love this one.

    112 degrees? I hope you have your head stuck in the refrigerater ... I think I would explode. I have lots of ice and snow I could send you and would love to include the subzero temperature but the post office isn't cooperating. So sorry, Stewart. I can't even imagine ... how's the humidity?

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  16. Hi Stewart, take care and survive the heat! The photos of the little Fairy-Wren are great. I find that all the Fairy-Wrens have a habit of staying in behind some sort of vegetation - lots of glimpses of them possible but few chances of clear photos, unfortunately.

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  17. "The heat is on"!!!

    Love the Fairy Wren Stewart

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  18. The blue of this little one is such a bright gem-like spot of colour among the grass textures. Beautiful.

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  19. I love our local Carolina Wren and I'm sure this one would be one one of my favorites too :) We've had bitterly cold weather lately. - Wish you could send some warmth up here!

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  21. Sweet little birdie! As for me, I like the reeds in the photos - very natural habitat.

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  22. Stewart, I love this cute little wren. Adorable photos. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  23. That's a beautiful wren and great images, Stewart!

    Sure hope you get relief from the heat, soon!

    Have a great week.

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  24. Beautiful photos, especially the last one. I think they are the best posers of the Fairy-wrens (Variegated Fairy-wren sticks to deep cover at all times!) but this one seems particularly obliging!

    Crazy temps you are enduring - I heard that the Melb temperature ROSE in the early hours of the morning, from 30C to 36C or something like that!

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  25. I always enjoy seeing this little bird. Really like that last photo.

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  26. top of many bird-lovers list, the Superb Fairy Wren; beautiful poised photos Stewart. Right place, right time. Sorry I can't join in this week, Blogger is still trying to 'fix' the issues created by various OS or browser updates. I'll get back here as soon as it's possible though

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  27. Beautiful shots! I love the different species of Fairy Wrens! Our wrens don't have the bright colors or long tails.

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  28. I have never seen a wren with a long tail. Lovely photos! It was 48 degrees here in Northern Nevada today. Our summer temps can reach into the 100's, so I know how you feel with it being 112! Find a shady spot and stay cool!

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  30. Too hot to breathe!
    Your wrens are so much more colorful that the wrens here in the USA, but they sport the same perky tail up positions.
    Hope you get some relief from the heat soon.
    Lea

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  31. Fellow Melbournian melting along with you Stewart! Nice photos as always. The green reeds seem to make him look quite cool!

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  32. And SUPERB he is! What a Gorgeous bird! and I LOVE the reeds and grasses that he is in!

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  33. I think the reeds add to helping readers appreciate what a tiny thing the bird is.

    112? I could do with some that Stewart - maybe next week in Lanzarote.

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  34. Be thankful your not playing Tennis. Lovely bird Stewart.

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  35. Yes it is most definitely too hot to think at 112 degrees. Heck, I stop thinking at 101 :)

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  36. What a sweet little bird! Love the pose. There was a small goldfinch in Oregon that posed similarly for me and I did not crop in because I thought it was too cute.

    We've been watching some of the Australian Open and the players look absolutely miserable. Bless your heart with heat like that. Ugh! Ours will come soon enough.

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  37. That is an exquisite little bird and the pictures are very beautiful!
    Congratulations!
    Keep cool!!

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  38. Definitely superb photos of a superb little wren.

    So sorry to hear of the extreme heat there. Do take care!

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  39. The sweetest little bird in the world! Lovely pictures -- they look like watercolors.

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  40. How nice of him to cooperate! Very cute little fellow.

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  41. Beautiful photo of a beautiful little bird! Very nice...

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