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Malurus splendens

Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Australia


These little fairy-wrens live in flocks where the individuals depend on each other. Each individual is specialised in one form of search for food - in shrubs, in the open, in taller plants. When they pull through, they cover a larger area, often 5-8 individuals spreading out.


But they are relatively frequently seen being physically social as well, in particular when young have just left the nest and are still being fed by the adult birds.


And yes, I agree. These photos are indeed almost too cute. I don't usually favour photos with that feel.

But I have been trying to get a photo of these guys lined up like this, close-up and in focus, since I first came to Western Australia in 2000.

And yesterday, they really posed for me, and I shot a long series. I am very grateful.


This photo has won

Mother Nature’s Best Award

Delicatezza Selezione Admins

The Macro Enchanted Forest I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU AWARD

Saariy's Quality Pictures' Special Admin Award

2nd price in Birds in Beautiful Nature Surrounding by Mother Nature


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Taken on December 2, 2009