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.
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.
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.
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.
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.