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Splendid Fairy-wren

Splendid Fairy-wren (Image ID 38896)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 12th Jan, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 10th Feb, 2020 .
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ID38896
CommentThis male Splendid Fairy-Wren has just begun to change his breeding season plumage, going into the eclipse stage, and he will probably remain eclipsed until the following July. During this period, like the females, he is of a rather drab, mousey-grey appearance, and has a faded blue tail. Splendid Fairy-Wrens live in family parties, are cooperative breeders, but promiscuous, and they defend a territory. The main breeding season is from September to January, and during this period, the breeding male turns an iridescent blue and takes to singing from exposed perches. The species is mainly insectivorous, but does take some seeds and, interestingly, the parents feed the chicks a different diet to what they themselves would eat. Their habitat ranges from dry shrubland to coastal heath and samphire, extending into forested areas in south-west WA, wherever there’s dense undergrowth. They are extensively distributed across Australia. Creery Island Reserve, Mandurah; GPS. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens; Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2. Camera settings: Exposure Program: Manual; shutter speed 1/800 sec, f7.1 & ISO-250. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’ (5 sensors); Focus Mode: C-AF+TR(acking) and shooting in ‘Drive AE BKT (3frame)’. Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI, DeNoise AI & Studio 2 for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationCreery Island Reserve, Mandurah; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage/features
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