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Superb Blue Fairy Wren


Mid morning today I drove a few miles north out of town where I had previously noticed a Whistling Kite overhead.
It was quite hot so I expected to see it riding the thermals off the wide bitumen highway, but as I waited a Superb Blue Fairy Wren showed up.

So I changed tack and concentrated on capturing a few shots as it flitted about.

The M5 Mkii was set for hi speed continuous (10fps), which is how I got lucky with a bird that is not in the habit of posing for more than a split second or two.
The lens btw was the 40-150mm F2.8 Pro with the X1.4 converter. Settings: 1/2500, F4, ISO 400, 210mm, shot and processed in RAW

I used to think that I was going out looking for some nice pictures, but I'm beginning to believe that nice pictures come looking for me.

After an hour or so (me perched on a camp stool) lo and behold two Whistling Kites came circling above at about a thousand feet.

Would a decoy mouse deployed on a hundred metres of fishing line fool them into attack, I wondered?
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

You are getting to be quite a twitcher with that lens Mark. Excellent shots, of your unusual bird life. I've never seen a Blue Fairy Wren before and you caught it superbly.
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Thanks Phill, yes I love the new lens, which with the converter lives on the M5 Mkii. But still not long enough to reach those damned Kites. I'm thinking of buying a drone disguised as a mouse to get right up amongst 'em!
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Yes there is always the need for more range 300mm f4 maybe? plus x1.4 of course!
Or you could go for the Lumix 100-400 cheaper but not as bright. Mind you with your Ozzy light levels that probably wouldn't be an issue. Either way it's quite a bit more of the kids inheritance gone
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Lovely, colourful shots of a very pretty little bird. It makes out native species look rather dowdy in comparison. You are getting some great shots with your new equipment Mark.

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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Great shots. Love the Fairy Wren flight shot. Great stuff.
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

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Lovely, colourful shots of a very pretty little bird. It makes out native species look rather dowdy in comparison. You are getting some great shots with your new equipment Mark.

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Yes, very pretty bird with an apt name.

'Our' wren also has its charm and I think its German name is also more apt than ours - Zaunkönig, which translates as 'fence king', I guess from its habit of sitting on a fence yelling its head off!

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Yes there is always the need for more range 300mm f4 maybe? plus x1.4 of course!
Or you could go for the Lumix 100-400 cheaper but not as bright. Mind you with your Ozzy light levels that probably wouldn't be an issue. Either way it's quite a bit more of the kids inheritance gone
Yeah, the kids inheritance ... I am getting on, I must get around to it before I die!
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Lovely, colourful shots of a very pretty little bird. It makes out native species look rather dowdy in comparison. You are getting some great shots with your new equipment Mark.
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Thanks Ron. After several shoots I'm gaining more confidence with it. Even at full reach with the converter I am not seeing any drop in IQ.
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Great shots. Love the Fairy Wren flight shot. Great stuff.
Thanks Keith. The bird's full generic name is prefixed with the word, "Superb" ... it is not an adjective that I added myself. I don't know what it's latin name is.
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Yes, very pretty bird with an apt name.

'Our' wren also has its charm and I think its German name is also more apt than ours - Zaunkönig, which translates as 'fence king', I guess from its habit of sitting on a fence yelling its head off!

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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

#3 is a great shot. Never even heard of these before.
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Info Ron,
Excerpt from Wikipedia:

"Like other fairywrens, the superb fairywren is notable for several peculiar behavioural characteristics; the birds are socially monogamous and sexually promiscuous, meaning that although they form pairs between one male and one female, each partner will mate with other individuals and even assist in raising the young from such pairings. Male wrens pluck yellow petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display."

Which explains what he was doing among those yellow weeds/wildflowers.
I suppose you could say that from a human perspective, they're a bunch of amoral swingers, depending upon whom you talk to.
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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Great shots. I never knew a little smasher like this existed. Good to see you out enjoying your photography again.
I log on every day but I have been neglecting my camera lately I've got a couple of excuses.
1. I have been restoring a vintage 49cc French moped ( a Velosolex) and having fun with it out on the road at a fantastic 16 - 18 mph with 200 mpg!
I now have started carrying the camera on my travels.
2. I have been building a " tree house" for my grand daughters (without a tree) it is on stilts with walled concrete slab for a sand pit below.
Maybe they should give me excuses to post some shots.
3. Have been suffering from gout over the last few months and have problems with the meds given to relieve it.

Now to upload some shots?

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Re: Superb Blue Fairy Wren

Good to see you back again, Ed. Only the other day it crossed my mind that I hadn't seen you posting for a while. Sorry to hear about the gout, we're all suffering from some dammed ageing thing, it sucks. Well, the tree house sounds like a great subject for a photo, maybe you'll let us see the handiwork.
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