This weeks Photo of the Week was taken Monday
(January 4, 2016)
The Splendid Fairy-wren is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and south-western Queensland across to the coastal areas of Western Australia.
Known colloquially in Western Australia as the ‘blue wren’, male birds dressed in their breeding plumage are simply stunning and shimmer (as you can see) in the most electric shades of violet-blue, interspersed with a little turquoise and pale-blue, and a few bands of inky black feathers.
Life isn’t all glitz and glamour though, as according to Birdlife.org, males in non-breeding plumage are mostly drab brown, just like the females.
This little guy was darting about in a flurry of jaunty hops and bounces in the Serpentine National Park, possibly seeking a female hiding in the parched surrounds. He was so hard to photograph, and I know the image is a little blurry, but I still think he’s gorgeous all the same.
There are several species of fairy-wren found in Australia and I hope I get to photograph a few more.