It’s August and the Red-backed Fairywrens are starting to nest
This hen is having a break from nest-tending duties
With a flash of brilliant back colour, this male Red-backed Fairywren proclaims its territory
Male Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) with insect wing in its bill. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia. Nikon D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640sec | f/8 | ISO 1400 | 750 mm (effective focal length)
Male Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus). I chose correctly when I waited for this fellow to hop onto this fallen tree branch after it finished hunting for insects on the ground – he almost filled the frame and in nice light. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia. Nikon D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640sec | f/7.1 | ISO 1400 | 690 mm (effective focal length)
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) (male) on a fallen tree branch. I waited for this little guy to come up from feeding on the ground to this log and for a change it went to script – he almost filled the entire frame! Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia.
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)
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