Red-backed Fairy Wren

Malurus melanocephalus.


Shot from my veranda.

View all photos taken: Friday, 25th July 2008, This photo: 3:48pm

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  • teejaybee said:
    Interesting choice of landing locations!
  • The_Munchable_Is said:
    I like the stark contrast. Man I envy you for having so much nature at you doorstep
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Great detail in the feathers on its back. Is that a stinging nettle it landed on?
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Im lovin these little fairy wrens :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, darn thistles. ;-)
    It's definitely nice, that's for sure :)
    Some sort of thistle I think.
    They're very cool (not to mention small and quick).
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Purty purty tweet tweet.
    Incredible contrast you've got in this pic.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Andrew, they're definitely not camouflaged in this environment ;-)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Thistle flowers are good to photograph :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Ok, I'll pay that, but the plant is usually quite ugly.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    pay that? translation required! :) That must be Cedar Creek speak !!!
    Don't know about that - it's green and I like green and I like thistle flowers :D I've seen thistles growing in the gardens of a castle in Scotland - they had their own section of the flower bed - I really liked it :D
  • David de Groot said:
    'tis old slang from somewhere (too long ago for me to remember) - I thought it was fairly common.
    Lots of things are green though - thistle plants are well, prickly, or in the case of this variety, not very attractive (as plants go). Still if it means the wrens visit, I can put up with them :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    I never heard it before!
    Ya, wrens are awesome :D
  • said:
    I don't know how I missed this photo - but what a beautiful bird and a stunning photo. I can't wait to get my lens!!!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, they're very pretty birds. This one is fairly heavily cropped in post as I took it from the veranda.