Immature Red-backed Fairy-wren

There were several young wrens at North Pine Dam yesterday, frollicking amoungst the dry foliage. This one landed quite close and I managed to get a quick shot before it disappeared again.

View all photos taken: Monday, 17th August 2009, This photo: 10:36am

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  • James Lagden said:
    I didn't get any fairy wrens yesterday. This one has a nice hairdo.
  • SkattyKat said:
    This one is just delightful !! & ohhh soo sweet.
    could see that from the thumb
    Well captured David
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah quite the little punk eh?
    Thanks Kath, there were two playing together, but alas, I miffed the focus somewhat on those.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Very cute, great capture!!
  • accesser said:
    Love his fuzzy haircut just like Bart Simpson in the bird world.
    Are you using manual focus are you over AF ? I sometimes correct focus a bit after the AF has locked on
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Cecily :)
    For this one, complete manual focus as the camera won't AF with the 400+1.4x on it (max. aperture of f/8, I'd need a 1 series body to AF).
  • imtoootall said:
    Spectacular image!! I love it!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Bob :)
  • EclipseAu said:
    Don't you hate it when these little dickens' just wont turn around to face you, even when you have been waiting patiently for so long.
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, but you take what you can get and hope for better ;-)
  • anitabromley said:
    Aw, he's sooo cute! Love the composition.
  • Ross_M said:
    Nice one Dave. I think my days of manual focus are gone. Eyesight went with night school!
  • Clarky the Lion said:
    lovely David, nice and elegant
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It was indeed very cute :)
    Mine's not fantastic either, but the smaller darker viewfinder on the 30D, and the fact I haven't verified the diopter setting on it, didn't help.
    Thanks :)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Very cute David.
    The background is good, works well, makes this little guy pop nicely... I might have to come birding some time!
  • David de Groot said:
    Beware Kane, it can lead to lusting after longer and longer lenses, spending large amounts of time sitting fairly still in the bush and generally seeing birds just about everywhere you go ;-)
  • Thea M said:
    Gorgeous photo, Dave. Just too cute. I haven't seen any youngsters around our neck of the woods yet, but now I have the lens to catch one! If only I can keep it steady...
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah yes, I noticed you have a new lens - nice one! :)
    With spring rapidly approaching, I'm sure you'll see lots of birds appearing :)
  • Cass n Dan said:
    I love this little guy. Love his head feathers :P
    Great shot Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, yes it is a little cutie eh?
  • fatimka said:
    ayyyyyyyyyy what a cute bird! big head :)
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Awesome expression on the bird
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    LOL what a great shot Dave. Very cute.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Cheeky little bugger eh ?
    Thanks Warwick, sure is :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    soooooooo cute :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Howdy Stranger! :P
  • BouncedPhoton said:
    Nice hair style, great capture David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Rod.