Variegated Fairy Wren

Malurus lamberti.

This is a male wren in breeding colours.

Spotted on the path to next door this afternoon when I went birding. Est. distance to subject, 5m.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 15th July 2008, This photo: 3:23pm

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  • HouseOfTurtle said:
  • InterfacePublications said:
    Great capture, David
  • teejaybee said:
    beautiful pose and colours
  • allan_niels3n said:
    This is terrific. Love the composition too.
  • David de Groot said:
    'tis isn't it ?
    Thanks Rob. Quite pleased I got this fellow as they move very quickly and are rarely still.
    They're quite striking eh ? I got three shots in a matter of maybe 5 secs and then he was gone.
    Thanks. We have a good selection of wrens around here - this one and his flock, Superb Fairy Wrens, Red-Backed Wrens and probably another species or two I've not spotted yet.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    These are very pretty birds - and very hard to get standing still! :-)
    Nice image David :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Voodoo. There was a moment this arvo where the birds where everywhere - a real cacophony of bird calls. This was shot during that time, then the clouds started to move in and the birds flitted off to find shelter (I presume).
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    What a handsome fella! Well captured, David.
  • David de Groot said:
    He is indeed. Difficult to catch usually too, as they're so small and fast.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    wow, very nice :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - and this time I didn't have to camp in long grass or something ;-)
  • rumblemumbles said:
    i want one! such pretty colours
  • David de Groot said:
    Well you can't have just one - these guys have a whole harem of females that hang out with them ;-)
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    A whole harem you say??
    (jumps out onto balcony and starts making tweet tweet sounds in a deep manly bird kinda way! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah but they're all very small and feathery... :P
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Beggars cant be choosers David :-)
  • circle j said:
    very hard to get a good photo of these birds
    top photo
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - too right though - they definitely don't sit still for long.
  • jen76me said:
    Wow he is pretty cool!
  • David de Groot said:
    I love our little wrens, they're so bright and pretty.