Variegated Fairy-wren (male)

At North Pine Dam.

I took a wander into the forest and found this little guy and his harem chirping away on a pile of dried weeds.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 11th August 2009, This photo: 9:08am


  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Hmm you make me want to get a 400mm lens Dave. what a cute little fella.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    A beauty mate.
  • David de Groot said:
    They're very handy (the lens, not the bird, although I'm sure they fill an ecological niche). ;-) Alas, your choices in the Nikon world are expensive (no relatively cheap 400mm prime in the Niklkor range).
    Thanks :)
  • James Lagden said:
    Thought you might want to use your 30D more for birding for the added crop factor. Then again, if I had a 5d I would use my 30D as a backup!
    Nice photo btw.
  • David de Groot said:
    Exactly! ;-)
  • colographicalchemy said:
    What a thoroughly exquisite creature!
  • evankok said:
    Wonderful mate! Great work.
  • ronnietan15 said:
    wow how do you even see these things from far away? nice bokeh too :)
  • baar_01 said:
    colourful little guy isn't he?
  • Ursula Skjonnemand said:
    Gorgeous capture. A great recording of stereotypical behaviour too.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed it is :)

    Definitely. On the same morning I also saw Superb and Red-backed Fairy-wrens.
    Well first you hear them, and then you look out for movement or the splash of colour of the males.
    Thanks :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    very colourful little ball of feathers
    its been a while - hope all's well Dave
  • robertahynes said:
    How cute is he! Love the shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey David, yeah has been a while. Currently recovering from the flu, but getting better on a daily basis.
    Thanks :)
  • SkattyKat said:
    such a delicate litte thing - I think you have captured this one really well (as per usual really lol)
    Thanks for sharing David
  • Garry' said:
    Yeap...really nice work David. There are a very busy breed and hard to catch on camera. Love how the blue separated from the green background, really draws the attention to the bird.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kath :) I want to get some camo netting at some stage, take a folding chair and tripod, through the netting over me and see if I can get one closer than that.
    Thanks Garry :) The stream's a bit bird-centric of late as that's all I've been able to get out and shoot.
  • Cass n Dan said:
    This is great
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • frednaut said:
    Well it's been covered already - but this is a fantastic photo - the colours are just amazing.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Geoff. :)