Away with the Fairies

(7 photos) – Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus

I see these little fairy’s all the time, hopping about in my paddocks and garden, but they also see me, hopping away and keeping a distance, making them a challenge to photograph. They are always onto me, like most birds, a combination of patience and luck is required to photograph them successfully.

These images were taken on four separate occasions over the past few weeks.

“Fairy Wrens keep their tails cocked while hopping on the ground or through bushes. They usually fly low over the ground or hop. While the males have strong vibrant colours, the females Juveniles and non-breeding males are much duller, being mostly brown bodies, but the males always have blue or dark blue tails.

“All fairy Wrens are social, living in groups that maintain their own territory. These cooperative groups consist of a dominant male, one female, subordinate non-breeding birds of both sexes and first year birds.”
[Field guide to the birds of Australia – Simpson and Day]

These wrens are fairly common in Tasmania and parts of mainland Australia, but it still feels pretty special to have real fairy’s living in my garden 😀 Thanks for visiting.

20 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

    1. Thanks Morgaine, while getting info from my bird book I discovered there is another “Southern Emu-wren” in Tasmania with an even longer tail!! I’ve never seen one, but they live near the coast, so I won’t find them around my place.

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    1. Thanks Marc, we are pretty lucky 😀 The wrens hang out with the Flame Robins too which have bright red chests, they seem to look out for each other – and me. “Fly away, he’s coming again!”

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    1. Thanks David, aa Olympus 75-300 f4.8-6.7 II ED MSC which was a second-hand bargain recently 😀 It’s great when there’s enough light, but begins to struggle on overcast days for birding.


  1. I love Fairy wrens too. We used to see them all the time here, but they have disappeared. I think removal of vegetation next door and the arrival of bigger and bossier birds have forced them out. But my husband did see one in the reeds by our dam the other day. Always a joy to behold!

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