Fairy-Wrens – A Fantastic Show

Splendid Fairy Wren (Male)

Splendid Fairy Wren (Male)

It’s been a fantastic week for Fairy-Wrens, and this one certainly lives up to his name – ‘Splendid’.  His colours really are amazing.

You may remember that the Fairy-Wren featured on my Top 10 Classic Australian Bird list.  Pictures of them appear on so many items like on calenders, mugs and tea towels.  I was keen to see them but, since I arrived, I hadn’t seen the males in their breeding colours.

Male Splendid Fairy-Wren

Male Splendid Fairy-Wren

 

This male was showing off at Yanchep National Park.  Not the least bit concerned about me, or even my umbrella, he was out in the open for more than 5 minutes.  I’m sure he would have let me get closer to photograph him, but he was in the tiger snake reserve so I decided that the lawns were close enough.

 

Splendid Fairy-Wren (Female)
Splendid Fairy-Wren (Female)

 

There were 5 others with him.  This was one of the females. There may also have been immature males in the group who look very much like the females.

 

 

White-Winged Fairy-Wren (Male)
White-Winged Fairy-Wren (Male)

 

This little White-winged Fairy-Wren put in an appearance on the coastal path the following day, giving me a great opportunity to get a photo for a comparison.  He wasn’t quite such a show off.  He spent more time in the bushes and moved about very quickly, so it was a bit harder to get a photo.

White-Winged Fairy-Wren (Female)

White-Winged Fairy-Wren (Female)

 

He also had several others in his group.  This was one of the females.

There are still several types of fairy-wrens left for me to see, but I’m really happy with the ones I’ve seen this week.

White-Winged Fairy-Wren (Male)

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