Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'll take it in blue.....!!

EXCITEMENT....!! A few days ago a friend and I were watching a 'willy wagtail' darting about and commenting on how cute they were, and he asked if I'd seen a blue 'fairy wren' (Fairy Wren)..well I had not, as much as I had looked, I never seemed to spot one....WELL.. as I was walking along the coast yesterday I caught a glimpse of bright blue in the scrub at the side of the path and there he was darting about, the picture isn't nearly as clear as I'd like but I had literally seconds to snap before zip..he was gone..The reason I know that he's a male is because the males have the bright blue plumage and the females are more 'sandy brown'.. what's THAT all about, I don't know about you... but I think that's just sooo wrong  haha.....!! and yes, I will happily accept this sighting as a 'happy birthday' from good old Mother N.....!!

42 comments:

  1. A beautiful blue bird. A great shot.

    Greetings from Roberto, Rio de Janeiro.

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  2. Well, he's definitely a beauty.

    Hope you have a great birthday : )

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  3. I think your shot is great Grace! He's a real cutie. Happy Birthday to you!!

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  4. A Grace for Grace!

    A grace shared invites more!!!


    Warm Aloha from Honolulu;

    Comfort Spiral



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  5. I've not see one like this although I've seen a small blue bird that looked similar. Best wishes from the south eastern corner.

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  6. You did well to capture this busy little boy!!! Happy birthday for whenever - yesterday, today or tomorrow.

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  7. Wow...what a great find and capture! He's stunning. (And, happy birthday from a fellow Libra.)

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  8. Great birthday gift! The blue is so breathtaking. Yes, my husband always reminds me that in the animal kingdom the male is always more beautiful than the female.

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  9. Oh my Gali! These blue is just mermerizing! Different shaed of blue in these photo yet everything has its own character! Great Great Shot!

    Greetings from the Philippines!
    Steven^^

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  10. What a beautiful bird - wonderfully photographed! I love all the photos here. I'm jealous (in the good way). Thanks for visiting my blog and happy birthday!

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  11. That style of male-female adornment is common among birds. Think of the peacock, for example. Still, this little one's colors could be the model for an airline's livery.

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  12. I have never even seen a photo of one, but he is exquisite with his sapphire blue cape... You were definitely quick on the trigger!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  13. You are so lucky. I haven't seen a blue wren in years. They seem to have been chased out of the metropolitan area.

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  14. What a handsome little fellow. Great color.

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  15. What an intense blue on that bird! We don't have much color in our birds here; I think they need to blend in with all the brown of the desert!

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  16. Great catch of a strikingly beautiful bird. In Costa Rica, we have more species of birds than all of the USA and Canada combined. I don't know about the diversity of birds in Australia

    You commented about the focus, which I thought was fine. The challenge in taking photos of birds, in my experience, is that the auto focus feature of most cameras have a hard time distinguishing between a bird that is the subject of the photo and the surrounding bush or twigs. A spot focus or manual focus is very helpful.

    And of course there is always the trade off of whether to try to get sharper images by a faster shutter or a wider depth of field through a higher f-stop. If you are shooting with a telephoto, you will likely need the faster shutter unless you are using a tripod.

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  17. To my knowledge there is no bird in the USA with such brilliant blue feathers. We have Bluebirds and Blue Jays but the blue is a softer shade. And the focus looks very sharp to me. Great photo.

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  18. This is a pretty special photograph Grace. The delicacy of the bird is such a contrast to the brittleness of the flora. Congratulations.

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  19. belle photo animalier, il est vraiment tres beau

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  20. Un oiseau d'un tel bleu, je n'ai jamais vu. Presque irréel!

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  21. So unique and soooooo pretty!

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  22. That's a great shot Perth, and such a beautiful bird...

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  23. And no better gift could one have asked for :)

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  24. happy birthday! this fairy wren is granting you your birthday wish, i think. he's spectacular! thanks for sharing him with us!!!

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  25. Birthday....did I hear it was your birthday? Well have a wonderful day of celebrating. This is certainly a colorful bird! What a treat to see and a treat for us!

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  26. Happy birthday! A look at a rare bird is always a nice gift. He's lovely!

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  27. Tender photo. Nice color feathers. In our country these birds are not. Blue is a rare kingfisher. Have a good night! / Peter

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  28. The Bluebird of Happiness??? :) He is almost too blue to believe. I think he "colors his hair" as we say!
    V

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  29. What a beautiful little bird and what a treat for you! The only wrens I have seen are brown. That is a gorgeous shade of blue!

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  30. magnifique
    j'aimerai bien en voir

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  31. So, happy" bird's day"! :o)blue is a sign of happyness, that's great for you!

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  32. Please, let my envy you for these amazing subjects...

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  33. That is bright - all of our desert birds are dull.

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  34. These birds are so difficult to capture! I have just one photo in my whole collection and that was taken through smeared glass of a giftshop in a wetland sanctuary! Good one!

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  35. Belated happy birthday to you! Hope it was a good one and the best year ahead...

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  36. What a cute little guy and so blue. Great shot.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  37. I know I am late but 'gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag' + 2 days now. Absolutely jealous of this beautiful shot :)

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  38. oh, that's just a nice streak of Bleu-ness. ^0^

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  39. Look at that blue! What a cute little creature. Australian birds fascinate me.

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