Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Red-backed Wrens fairy flitters

Red-backed Fairy-wrens (Malurus melanocephalus) sometimes show up in excited groups, teasing the observer/photographer with the prospect of five or six glowing males caught in focus showing off to similar numbers of females.


No such picture emerges. The small birds flash through scruffy, scrubby tangles of weeds, fallen trees, bladey grass, sedge and scleria. Seldom does one - let alone five or six - pause in clear view. 


Even when one male does come to a brief halt on a sunny day there's the maddening problem of the gorgeous black sheen reflecting so much light that much feather detail is lost.


But on an overcast day the matt black can make a bird look drab.


Then there's the eyes, so dark they are often indistinguishable within the black mass of the head. But one must keep trying ...
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3 comments:

mick said...

Beautiful photos. I shall keep trying for that one clear photo away from the grass stems.

Russell said...

Very nice series. I had a go at these recently but had the problems you described. I ended up with and over-exposed shot on a wire fence being the best result. They're just so brilliant in person.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick and Russell: Looks like we'll all just have to keep on trying for that magic shot or moment.