A nice welcome home

Male Superb Fairy-wren

I’ve been a little quiet here over the last seven weeks. I’ve been overseas on a wonderful holiday. Stay tuned for plenty of wonderful photos of the birds of Ethiopia, Morocco and Spain in the coming months. In each country I saw about 30 species that I’d never seen before. The actual number is a bit rubbery as I’ve yet to identify some of the birds I photographed. Some long hours of interesting research ahead for me.

After a direct and very tedious journey home via Madrid, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne, we arrived at Adelaide Airport at 8am on Wednesday. Due to the blurriness of jet lag the rest of day was basically survival mode.

Thursday morning (yesterday) was a different matter. At breakfast time we had two Superb Fairy-wrens feeding in our garden, a male as shown in the photos, and a female. This species is widespread and common in our district here in South Australia, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in our garden in nearly 30 years living here. (On 5 occasions we have had Variegated Fairy-wrens visit over the same time period, the last being over 10 years ago.)

So, not only were we greeted with these lovely birds on our first day home, I was able to add a new species to our “home list”. Very nice.

Even better: they were around again this morning. I hope they find our garden enticing and decide to take up residence.

I managed only 2 photos of the male; the female was a little on the shy side and wouldn’t sit still long enough in the open for a shot.

Male Superb Fairy-wren



4 Responses to “A nice welcome home”

  1. Louise says:

    Welcome home, and what a lovely present to receive. I’m lucky to have a family of fairy wrens living either in or very near by my house in NSW. They are daily visitors for us, which is so lovely. I particularly enjoy the male’s song- it’s beautiful. They’re elusive and hard to photograph though.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks Louise,

    We’d love to have them permanently in our garden – or at least visiting every day or so. And you are right – they can be such annoying birds to photograph when they move so quickly.

    I’m hopeful they have moved in – saw them again this morning – third day in a row.

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