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Blue-breasted Fairy-wren

Blue-breasted Fairy-wren (Image ID 43831)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Mon 23rd Nov, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 11th Dec, 2020 .
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ID43831
CommentThe uncommon Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren’s favourite prey is ants and beetles mainly collected on the ground under low shrub. However, these jittery fairy-wrens may also forage on surprisingly open forest floors while moving around swiftly. Living in groups, a dominant breeding pair will build a well concealed nest, but only the female incubates. 3-4 chicks are hatched and all adult members of the group assist in feeding the youngsters. Many types of habitats with dense vegetation are deemed suitable by this fairy-wren; in WA the species has a very wide distribution, being found in heathlands as well as the Mallee Region and even open floored eucalypt woodlands such as Wandoo, providing some ground cover is available. The range of the Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren extends from Kalbarri via much of the south-western parts of WA to the SA border, after which a gap in their range occurs, only for the species to re-emerge on Eyre Peninsula.
Status (2018): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D850; GPS attached & engaged
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing hidden by shrub using camouflage netting
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1250 sec at f7.1; ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points.
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 155%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBoyagin Nature Reserve, Shire of Pingelly, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage/features
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