Ground level fairies

There is something soothing about watching fairy-wrens, even when I’m as low as I can get myself and all kinds of stones, sticks and ants are beneath me.


Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 1600


Low level images give the feeling that we have entered the bird’s world – I like that. Superb Fairy-wrens forage on the ground, usually where the plants and twigs are only a few centimetres high. This little bird is probably looking at her reflection in my lens. Her legs look crazily spindly.


Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 1600


These images were taken one minute and two seconds apart but they have captured quite different backgrounds. I often prefer darker backgrounds but I might be in the minority as many others speak fondly about backgrounds speckled with circles of confusion.

I received results from the WPAI international photography exhibition today and last week’s image, The Pollinator, was awarded ‘Best of Birds’, which was a lovely surprise. Many thanks for the kind feedback on that image.

Happy birding



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