Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus.

I stalked this little fellow from tree to tree until I managed this shot through the branches.

View all photos taken: Monday, 29th December 2008, This photo: 4:52pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    Mr De Groot! back to birds! love it....
  • David de Groot said:
    Well gotta keep the stream stirred up after all :P Besides, who couldn't like a lovely wren ?
  • renanluna said:
    The color of this bird is spetacular! Nice contrast!
  • blueriotriver said:
    great capture!
  • aramisfirefly said:
    And nicely snagged too - well done!
  • accesser said:
    Good to see your only stalking the feathered kind of bird, lol Nice work with the focus, I never have any luck with stalking birds I tend to go where I see some and sit down for a bit and let them relax a little then try and shoot, more often than not they still fly away thinking I must be planing something
  • Wes Cooper said:
    Absolutely beautiful shot David, I love the layers through the image of the branches, and of course the wren itself.
  • Scott Leach said:
    Beautiful shot. Love the DoF.
  • David de Groot said:
    They're pretty little birds (and I mean little, about 13-14cm long).
    Thanks :)
    About two seconds later he was gone.
    Yeah quite often I'll camp out for them too, but sometimes you just have to go after them. After a while you get better at moving quietly and slowly.
    Thanks Wes, I though about cropping this, but I too like the layers. It's one of those shots that despite breaking the rule of thirds, I think still works reasonably well.
    Thanks :)
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    These little poppets are like the rodents of the skies (in that they dart around really quickly) - only pretty :-)
    NIce catch Dave - nicely framed me thinks :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm rodents, there's an analogy I've not seen associated with these guys before :P They are quick though, and seldom still.
  • leadegroot said:
    The rule of thirds is more what you'd call a "guideline" than an actual rule.
    Its like anything else - once you've mastered your craft, you know when you should adhere the rules and when you don't need to ;)
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    Beautifully focused through the branches. They are hard to capture. Lovely shot
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alexandra :) Yes, they're tricky to get.
  • ferahfeza said:
    Excellent capture...
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Beautiful shot...I love the layered effect :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Yeah, it's neat eh ?
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Sure is :D
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    very pretty little ball of feathers
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey David :) Yes, they're quite the showy bird in breeding season. In the off season they lose this colour and go back to a drab brown, but with a blueish tail.