Fairy Wren visitors

I had a couple of visitors enjoy some Spring sunshine with me. I just love these wrens! :).

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A Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) aka Blue Wren couple.

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Eastern Rosella beauty

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I had a lovely visitor to my garden. He cheered my day! 🙂

Arrival

Wedge-tailed eagle flies over the Pinnacles, in Western Australia.

Wedge-tailed eagle flies over the Pinnacles, in Western Australia.

Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus)

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I’ve been trying to capture the image of one of these beautiful birds for such a long time, almost as long as my memory serves me. They are quite rare and to catch the  fleeting aqua/blue as they fly past is quite extraordinary. It is only the male fairy wrens that have the bright blue aqua plumage, and only when they are breeding. When they are not breeding, they take on the brown colours of the female wren, although parading a blue/purple tail.  Males are usually found with females, as they are socially monogamous. The females brown plumage support a blue tail and they have red feathers around the eyes.

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED that crafty fairy-wrens can understand and respond to the danger calls of other birds, suggesting that they have an advanced level of awareness about the world around them. For more information about this, please read this article at Australian Geographic.

Fairy-wrens eavesdrop to avert danger.

p.s. Most images of superb fairy wrens have been enhanced to a more cyan/blue colour, yet their plumage in reality is closer to the photograph that I have taken above. I hope you enjoy his image!  I most certainly do… :).

MUSK LORIKEET

MUSK LORIKEET

Look what I observed outside my bedroom window. It’s a gorgeous musk lorikeet, Glossopsitta concinna ( “elegant”). She brightened my day!