Several pair of these gorgeous little birds have laid claim to different parts of our garden.
A tiny female Red-backed Fairywren sits quietly in a patch of sunlight, deep in a sheltering bush. Nikon D500, Nikkor 300mm, f-8, 1/500 sec, ISO-1100 (auto)
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus). Greenwood Lakes, Forestdale, Queensland, Australia. Nikon D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 f/7.1 ISO 2200 750 mm (effective FL)
Female Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus). Prior’s Pocket, Moggill, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + 200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6 1/400 @ f/7.1 ISO 1000 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
A Red-backed Fairy-wren (male) poised ready to spring into action. These birds form very tight family units, they sing with a beautiful voice that sounds louder than you’d expect from such a tiny bird and are always enjoyable to watch going about their little lives. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/7.1 ISO 3200 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Red-Backed Fairy-Wren (male eclipse plumage). This young fellow was walking along the fence wire when I snapped him among the dry grass seed heads. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia.
A Red-backed Fairy-wren (male) calling. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, , Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/7.1 ISO 3200 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
A male Red-backed Fairywren pauses on its way to feed his babies. Nikon D7200, Nikkor 300mm, 1/500 sec, f-8, ISO-450
This male Red-backed Fairywren was glad of a break in rainy weather. Nikon D7200, Nikkor 300mm, 1/320 sec, f-7.1, ISO-170
A male Red-backed Fairywren with a Lantana flower offering for one of his ladies. Minnippi Wetlands, Tingalpa, Queensland, Australia. Nikon D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/320 @ f/7.1 ISO 2800 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Photographer: Mick McKean
This male Red-Backed FairyWren is displaying his full red "saddle" of back feathers, most of which are usually tucked away and hidden under the black feathers. This is a display for his hareem of ladies, they are able to do this in an instant with a slight shake and "poof" - look out ladies...
Photographer: Ian Wallace
Driving through the Atherton Tablelands countryside I noticed little birds on the fences here and there. I stopped at the next bird, and this is what it was. My camera, a Nikon D5100, was set on auto at the time, and I quickly snapped 3 or 4 pics. Then he vanished.
Photographer: Eric Tadina
This is a Red-backed Fairywren moulting into non-breeding plumage