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Old 09-03-2012   #11
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I'd never seen a Superb Blue Fairy Wren before. Cute little guys and very distinctive with their tall tails pointed up. A Google search showed most images with the tail pointed up, but I wonder if that's the usual position for the bird or is it a "pose" that's most attractive to photograph?

Thanks for sharing ... ALL great shots!

Oh! And the Magpie shot is a good one too. Bet it was a fun experience having such a close-up view while at the same time having your food protected. I've been in a park before where the birds have had their way with timid lunch eaters so long they attack sandwiches with no holds barred. It was a shock to me. A couple invaded my bag to steal chips while a couple more did a diversion attack on the sandwich in my hand. In the end I beat a hasty retreat to the car!

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Nice captures Mark.
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Magpies are very wary here, John. They wouldn't approach you like that even if you were playing music...
Clare and John - They will if you play the magpipes.
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Cool magpie shot Mark and the fairy wrens are fantastic. Never managed to see one in breeding colours whilst I was there :>(
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Firstly - apologies to you each for the tardy reply.
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I'd never seen a Superb Blue Fairy Wren before. Cute little guys and very distinctive with their tall tails pointed up. A Google search showed most images with the tail pointed up, but I wonder if that's the usual position for the bird or is it a "pose" that's most attractive to photograph?
Thanks for sharing ... ALL great shots!

Oh! And the Magpie shot is a good one too. Bet it was a fun experience having such a close-up view while at the same time having your food protected. I've been in a park before where the birds have had their way with timid lunch eaters so long they attack sandwiches with no holds barred. It was a shock to me. A couple invaded my bag to steal chips while a couple more did a diversion attack on the sandwich in my hand. In the end I beat a hasty retreat to the car! Mark
Yes Mark, the tail always points upwards, maybe has something to do with their flight pattern which is often erratic. Probably a defense strategy.
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Cool magpie shot Mark and the fairy wrens are fantastic. Never managed to see one in breeding colours whilst I was there :>(
Thanks Kevin - they are quite common and can be seen in our southern States for most of the year.
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Great set Mark , Magpies have more neck than a bagful of Giraffes , The wren images are spot on mate
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Interesting metaphor, thanks Martin!


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