Monday, 2 March 2009

Variegated Fairy-wren & Rufous Whistler.

After our latest wader count we took a friend out to Inskip Point to look for the Kelp Gull which we did not find, but there were quite a few bush birds to be seen along the track. As I was walking first I came upon this beautiful male Variegated Fairy-wren which posed very conveniently for a photo. While admiring it I thought what a good photo it would make, forgetting that I had my camera in its bag over my shoulder as I had been carrying a telescope and tripod most of the day in place of this. When the others caught up to me they said "did you get a photo"?

Variegated Fairy-wren (male) (Malurus lamberti)

Luckily it stayed around long enough for me to get my camera out of its bag.

Rufous Whistler (male) (Pachycephala rufiventris)
At the end of the track we came across this male Rufous Whistler, catching only a rear view. Among others seen were Rainbow Bee-eaters, Varied Triller and Collared Kingfisher.

12 comments:

MaineBirder said...

WOW! Cool looking birds!

Thanks for sharing them with us.

Sparverius said...

That Fairy-wren is beautiful. Glad you had friends with you to remind you about your camera. :)

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

What a lovely bird. I know sometimes we get so entranced by the beauty of a bird that we forget we have a camera along. Happened to us, too. :-)

Gouldiae said...

G'day Neil,
That's a nice little list of non-waders.
Sometimes I intentionally leave the camera in the car, just so I can concentrate at getting good views of the birds I want to see. I once remember thinking I'd had a bad day because I didn't get a good photo!

Wisconsin Birder said...

What an appropriate name for such a beautiful little bird. Almost as unreal as a fairy!

Kallen305 said...

That gorgeous colors on teh Fairy-wren!! I am glad you found your camera so you could post these pictures!

Neil said...

Maine Birder, Sparverius, Bob & Cynthia, Gouldiae & Wisconsin Birder thanks for all your comments glad I am not the only one who forgets they have a camera with them.

Neil said...

Thanks Kallen glad you liked them.

Vickie said...

Beautiful Fairy wren...love that name. Glad you had time to pull your camera out. Sounds like something I would do!

Neil said...

Thanks Vickie.

Birdfreak said...

Those are definately birds to stop and stare at...sometimes I get caught up the other way - forgetting to drop the camera and just enjoy the bird!

Good birding to you!

Neil said...

Thanks Birdfreak.