Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red-backed Fairy-Wren

I had walked right along the forest track without seeing or hearing any birds except way up in the canopy of the trees. I stopped at the end of the track close to the car park - and still nothing. So I got in the car and started the engine - then decided to look at the photos in the camera that I had taken out on the sand bank. Finally, I put the camera down and looked around before I began to back out and drive off. There - sitting just a few meters from the car and quite unafraid of the engine noise, were two Red-backed Fairy-Wrens (Melurus melanocephalus). They were sitting on a small branch that poked out from among the bracken fern and preening. All I had to do was open the window and point the camera out and take some photos. I am not sure if they were females or males in eclipse plumage. The books say that they are very similar. I guess if I spent as much time looking at "bush" birds as I do at shorebirds I would eventually get better at some of the finer points of ID. If anyone reading this knows - then please let me know.
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18 comments:

Kah-Wai Lin said...

Lovely capture! They are cute!

Amila Kanchana said...

A cute pair!

mick said...

Thanks for commenting Amila Kanchana, and Kah-Wai Lin.

NatureFootstep said...

how sweet. :) And such fine birds.

I am surprised you was a long walk and found nothing. It seem to be so many birds down there. What you describe is what usually happens here. And, really, sometimes I wodner if it is worth it. :( But, then, someone shows up.

gwendolen said...

Aww, look at them sitting there together. Lovely shot, Mike.

Modesto Viegas said...

Good series!

texwisgirl said...

they're so beautiful.

mick said...

Thanks for commenting NatureFootstep, Gwendolen, Modesto Viegas, and Texwisgirl.
I was walking the forest track very early in the morning and it might have been a bit too early for birds to be visible down under the tree canopy.

Larry said...

These are great shots of the Fairy Wrens Mick! Sorry I can't help with the ID but I think you are fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph these little cuties from such close range!

Birding is Fun! said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. I even busted out my Birds of Australia to study up on them.

mick said...

Hi Larry, it was a very lucky chance that had these two come and roost so close to the car. Apparently a car can make a good bird hide!
Hi BirdingisFun - I like it that you have a book of Aussie birds!

Kelly said...

...what a sweet bird...and what a perfect name! I love it. Glad you looked up as you were pulling out...lovely photos.

BirdingMaine said...

Adorable captures Mick!

mick said...

Thanks for commenting Kelly and BirdingMaine.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Mick,
See, I've been telling you for years how sweet the bush birds are. Nice captures - chance encounters are often the best, hey?
Gouldiae

mick said...

Hi Gouldiae, I agree they are really nice little birds - BUT - a good bit harder to find than hundreds and even thousands of shorebirds!

JM said...

So VERY cute! Awesome.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're such sweet little guys (or gals)! Adorable birds. Glad you waited a while in the car.