Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 385 - Splendid Fairy Wren

This rather splendid little bird is in fact a Splendid Fairy Wren (Malurus splendens) from Alice Springs in central Australia.

This bird was feeding around some table in the cafe area of the Desert Park - and at one time was sitting on the table in front of me all of 30cm away.  This was one for the few times I have had too much lens when photographing small birds!

This bird seems to occur in 3 distinct areas, with a population in Western Australia, one on Central Australia and the third just clipping the NW of Victoria and going up through NSW and Queensland. I had never had a chance to photograph this bird before.

I would have liked to have sat and waited for this bird - and a far more nervous female - to present themselves in a little better light.  But, alas I had to leave.






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PS: I can feel the frenzy of the approaching season already! 

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17 comments:

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Any of the Fariy Wren are one of my favourite small birds seen in Australia Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week ahead.

Ludmiła Jabłońska said...

Awesome! Congratulations on observing! Photos beautiful, good light!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I had the delight of spotting a couple on a trip to lower NSW, once - no camera at the time, of course...sigh... Little Jewels they are. YAM xx

David M. Gascoigne, said...

All of these Fairy-wrens are delightful, Stewart, and I never tired of seeing them. You were fortunate to have this Splendid character so close. It was no doubt tempting to delay your departure, but I suppose the chorus of three other voices would have mitigated against that,

Brian King said...

I love these little guys! Such beautiful blue plumage!

Marcia said...

Such a wonderful color. to at all what I was expecting to see.

Marie Smith said...

The name is perfect for that gorgeous little bird!

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Beautiful blue bird Stewart, I love the colour. Greetings Caroline

Rohrerbot said...

My gods is that bird gorgeous. One day. One day!

Sharon Wagner said...

Small, but mighty in neon color.

Rhodesia said...

I do love them and you have picked the colour up perfectly. I lake the European wrens, but if only they had a bit of colour !! Cheers Diane

This N That said...

What a beautiful little bird..The frenzy is a little late this year but it is there..Enjoy!!

Lea said...

Love those colors - so pretty!

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

What a joy for you to meet him!
Beautiful.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What an absolutely gorgeous little bird! It points out how much duller our bird colours are here, though I love them anyway!

Ranten said...

What a beautiful bird! Fairy Wren is welcome in my garden!

Wally Jones said...

What a superb visitor with which to share a table! If I had a bucket list for birds, the Splendid Fairy-wren would be very near the top.

Thank you for sharing this beauty, Stewart!