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Male Spendid Fairy Wren

Male Spendid Fairy Wren
Photo Information
Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 117] (714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 600D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-20 22:01
Viewed: 2394
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens).
At last I have managed to take a photo of a male in full breeding plumage. The pairs are beginning to investigate potential breeding sites, with the breeding season extending from September to January in Western Australia.
The males are the bluest of all the Australian Fairy-wrens, with glossy violet-blue above, blue crown and cheekpatches, black chest and nape bands and a paler blue tail. Really spectacular and always very inquisitive and very fast!.

In addition to a tripod, I also use speed (Tv) priority fixed at 1/180s and Auto-ISO which let the camera change the aperture and the sensitivity (capped at 800) to make sure the bird was sharp.

For other photos of this species, see:
Male in eclipse plumage: http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=296370
Female: http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=293462

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To manyee: Thanks ManyeeOPYphoto 1 11-07 23:59
To fragman: Spendid Fairy wrenOPYphoto 1 09-26 23:21
To PeterZ: Fairy wren - thanksOPYphoto 1 09-21 01:33
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Hello Odile,
Indeed a splendid bird this Splendid Fairywren. Fine sharpness and very beautiful saturated colours. Beautiful natural environment too. Nice eye contact.

a great flying jewel, TFS Ori

hallo Odile
very nice picture with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-09-22 23:10]

Hi Odile
Striking colors and pattern on this small bird.
Well framed and focused.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-23 4:42]

Hi Odile,the sharpness is a bit soft but were very difficult to do better from this distance,the colors of this specie are magnificent,great composition too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

What a beautiful little bird! A new species for me!
The colors are just gorgeous. Love his long tail.
Nice pose and POV.
Thanks for sharing, Odile!

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