Fairy-wren on banksia

The exhibition images were hung today ready for the opening tomorrow! I feel as though my part of the exhibition is a kind of walk-through lirralirra with high res images to savour at leisure before wandering around the beautiful gardens of the Mont de Lancey historic homestead and enjoying a cuppa in the newly opened tea rooms.



Young Male Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) – young male
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 800


Unless they’re sporting their bright blue breeding plumage it can be tricky to tell a male fairy-wren from a female. Both genders are brownish-grey above with pale underparts and both can have a bluish tinge to their tail. The biggest clue that the bird above is less than a year old, and is male, is that the end of his bill is turning black. Adult males have black bills, adult females have brown bills and brown lores (the area between the bill and the eye).

It’s been a hectic week with much effort put into ensuring that the exhibition images are the best they can be. My warmest thanks to everyone who has helped with setting up the exhibition, including Glenn, Greg, Joy, Stephen and especially David Burren and Fiona – without you the walls would be empty.

If you would like to visit the exhibition please check last week’s post for details.

Happy birding, Kim


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