Superb Blue Wren male

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Comments (6)

May Margrit B. (Swis… on January 16, 2008

You have superb new photos as always, Ian! Such a pretty picture! The colours of the Wren and the surrounding are beautiful.

Greetings, May

Marilyn Whiteley on January 16, 2008

What a beautiful photo, Ian! And what a wonderful (I might say superb) reminder of an encounter I had on Kangaroo Island. I was sitting in the car while Hugh was off looking at something, and a male Superb Blue came and attacked the rival male in the car's rear view mirror! It was a fascinating performance. Along came the female and she seemed completely uninterested in the supposed interloper and in the conflict.

Greetings, Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2008

Dear May and Marilyn,

It is wonderful to know that you both like the beauty in this photo. The Superb Blue Wren cob is quite spectacular when in full breeding season plumage, although he is much more like the hen at other times. His splash of colour always attracts our admiration. While this was taken inside the Dubbo Plains Zoo, he and his group are not at all captives but natives. As his territory is usually less than a hectare, he might never leave this rather large zoo - a little twist on the concept of zoo!

You are both very prompt in responding to new uploads. You are appreciated by all the Panoramio network for your responsiveness as well as your affirmation, encouragement and willingness to see images from another's viewpoint. Thankyou on behalf of the community.


Palmina Moore on January 17, 2008

These are beautiful birds aren't they? Such a lovely shot!


Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2008

They are indeed, and they are our birds, Palmina. There range extends from Victoria to southern Queensland.

I have very clear memories of watching their behaviour in the most beautiful setting on the summit of the Bunya Mountains, many years ago. As Marilyn describes, the males certainly will defend their territory which may be as small as 1/3 Ha or extend to 1Ha or more.

Though tiny and delicate some of our small birds deserve more recognition.


PS: I passed under the "Coathanger" on the catamaran, today and thought of you!

bdeh on November 1, 2009

One of the many beautiful birds of Australia Ian. It's very difficult to shoot them because they hardly do not sit still. I was lucky at last with this shot at Kangaroo Island. Greetings Berend

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Photo taken in Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Obley Road, Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia

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