Fairy-wrens making fairy-wrens

I’ve been on several trips recently and have more new images than I can shake a monopod at; many of which I’m looking forward to sharing on lirralirra – Malleefowl are a definite highlight. In the meantime the spirit of spring prompted me to share this week’s images of fairy-wrens making fairy-wrens.

 

fairy-wren 1 - Kim WormaldSuperb Fairy-wrens – male and female

 

The male called from the apricot tree and, as I was photographing him, the female arrived. At 08:54:10 the action began. All three of today’s images were taken at 08:54:10 – these birds don’t waste any time!

 

fairy-wren 2 - Kim Wormald
Superb Fairy-wrens – male and female

 

Superb Fairy-wrens nest on the ground where they are horribly vulnerable to attack from predators. Their nests are tiny balls with side entrances, made from grass stems, lined with feathers and generally hidden in long grass, reeds or ferns. They lay three or four speckled eggs that are incubated by the female for 14-16 days.

 

fairy-wren 3 - Kim Wormald
Superb Fairy-wrens – male and female

 

It’s good that an increasing number of councils are passing regulations requiring cats to be confined to their own properties, and that increasing numbers of cat owners are keeping their cats inside or creating indoor/outdoor cat enclosures. Several friends of mine have elaborate cat enclosures that protect their cats from fights, traffic and disease while also protecting wildlife – which is a good thing all round.

Happy birding, Kim

 

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