Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 41 - Perth Birds

There are a number of birds that are found near Perth (Western Australia, not Scotland!) that are not found elsewhere.  And the hope of seeing some of these kept me there for a couple of extra days after my work commitments had been completed.  I was lucky enough to see some of these local birds, but not lucky enough to get any pictures of them.  The weather was positively damp on one day and un-seasonally humid the next.

But my failure to get pictures of some of the "target" birds did not stop me pointing the lens at some of the more widespread feathered inhabitants of the wider Perth region!

So, here are some of my Perth birds - wonderful, but not restricted!
Scarlet Robin 
Scarlet Robin
Scarlet Robin

Scarlet Robin
The Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolour) is a delightful little bird (12 -14cm) that in Australia is only found in the South West and South East of the country.  Its not closely related to either the European Robin or the American one (the American Robin, is actually a thrush).  This bird allowed me to get much closer than I expected before it flew off.  When it flew from cover into this bush, it was like a small red flash - the colour on its chest standing out like a beacon.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
The Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) is a much more widespread bird than the robin.  It was a common enough bird on a "farm" I used to often visit - but the grass in the paddocks was a perfect hiding place for this little (11-13cm) species, and most times I only saw them as the flew away, flashing there yellow rumps.  This one obliged by feeding on an area of gravel and small stones.  This is the first image of any value I have got of this species.

Splendid Fairy-Wren 
Finally we have a Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) which is both its description and its name! This bird is a female, so it does not have the  fully "splendid" plumage - in the male the full breeding plumage it is almost all blue.  That would be a sight to see!

All of these pictures were taken at Wungong Gorge, which is a great place to bird watch and has that most productive of habitat types "The Car Park"!!

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64 comments:

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice birds!!!
Good shots!

Rajesh said...

Amazing beauty.

TexWisGirl said...

that scarlet robin is AWESOME! such a striking little bird! and i always love the fairy-wrens. adorably pert!

NatureFootstep said...

teh Robin and the Wren. Wonderful birds well captured. :)

Revrunner said...

So can I now add these to my life list as I'm unlikely to be able to any other way? :-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You lucky, lucky man! The scarlet robin is breathtaking and the fairy wren totally captivating. What I wouldn't give to see either of these in the wild...

Fergiemoto said...

Beautiful photos of the scarlet robin! I have not seen this bird before, but it's lovely.

Connie Smiley said...

What a lineup, Stewart! I can't think of a bird I'd rather see than the Splendid Fairy Wren, but your Thornbill and Scarlet Robin are delightful as well.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

lovely to see a different robin than ours ... great photos

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots of these cute birds.

Chris Rohrer said...

WOW!!! The Fairy Wren is amazing....as is the Robin. I love these birds. I've heard of the FW before but not the Scarlet Robin is new to me. Nicely done!!!

Ken Schneider said...

The robin really glows against the background. Quite a beautiful little bird!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I like the colors on the Scarlet Robin, I always like the little Fairy Wren. Your birds are so much more exotic than here, but I guess it is just what is common to your area.

i stora drag said...

Wow, what lovely pictures of the scarlet robin, fantastic bird!
The others are sweet too! :)
Have a nice evening! /Pia

Nette Cecilia said...

Very nice bird the first one is my favorit ,have a nice day ,Nette

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love them all.. so very pretty! I'm a little partial to that Scarlet Robin. Thanks, Stewart, it is so wonderful to be able birdwatch all over the world. You make that possible! Have a great week.

Liva`s said...

So beautiful this Scarlet Robin - nice shots :)

Greetings from Liva

HansHB said...

Awesome shots! Lovely, strong color!

Gordon said...

Two cracking birds there Stewart, the Robin and the Fairy wren, the colours on both birds is a joy to look at.
All the best Gordon.

DIMI said...

Hallo Stewart!Scarlet robin is a beautiful bird!!But the little Fairy Wren is also so pretty!!Great photos and captures!!Have a lovely day!
Dimi..

Andrew Fulton said...

Stunning birds to see..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Every one of those birds is exotic to me! The scarlet robin is awesome!

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds. I would love to see the robins. btw - we love visitors up here! but better wait until the migratory shorebirds are back.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Lovely birds, especially the robin and the fairy wren.

Dave said...

Fantastic set here, however the splendid Fairy-wren is ..... rather splendid.

amanda said...

I'm a fan of your Scarlet Robin. And the tail on the little Fairy Wren is Splendid!!
Such colorful birds in your world!

Karen said...

The Robin is so cute. I love the Fairy Wren. Good shots!

DeniseinVA said...

Those sure are pretty birds Stewart, all great photos!

Arija said...

Great shots of the flame robin which I have also photographed on Mt.BawBaw where there are also rose robins that flash in the underbrush like flying bits of watermelon. My garden is awash with yellow rumped hornbills.
The splendid fairy wren you have captured is a female. The female of both the splendid as well as superb fairy wren has that distinctive red eye ring.
A splendid bag of little birds that are so flighty that they are not at all easy to capture.

Carole M. said...

the scarlet robin would be my catch of the day; beautiful photographs Stewart

Pat Tillett said...

All of them beautiful Stewart! I especially like the first one because of that great shade of coloring on it's chest.

Sandy Carlson said...

A beauty!

Tammy said...

Thanks for introducing me to these new birds! The Scarlet Robin is just delightful!

thewovenspoke said...

Beautiful! It's amazing how different the Robin and the wren differ from another part of the globe. Fantastic shots as usual Stewart :)

prairiebirder said...

Really great photos, Stewart! I love the wren!

Carletta said...

You can certainly see how the robin got its name. The little one sure wears the color well.
Beautiful shots Stewart!
I really like that little fairy wren as well. I bet it would be very pretty in all over blue.

Brian King said...

Love the colors on the robin! I've never seen one of those before. The fairy wren is beautiful, too!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, I love your adorable Robin. The colors are beautiful. And the Fairy Wren is one of my favorites, would love to see one in the wild. Great shots. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely collection of birds...

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Faye said...

Well you may not have captured the ones that you really were after, but still managed to find some beauties. Do I understand that mostly you were shooting in a car park? If so, very inventive, Stewart!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Gorgeous photos of the little robin! And the fairy wren is certainly around in my world too, but not so easy to spot and capture in a photo!

Kerri said...

Your scarlet robin is striking.... and that little Fairy Wren is adorable!

Gary said...

Beautiful colours on the Robins. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the robin and the fairy wren. In fact, the name...fairy wren..is so perfect.

Sharon Wagner said...

The background fade color is so pretty with the stunning scarlet. Nice.

Andrea said...

Such sweet birds ... Our Robins are much more robust ... but like you said, they are not related. We have a yellow-rumped warbler here, but they are very different, probably not related either. Your Fairy Wren is my favorite. Does he have a wonderful song like our house wren? Our house wrens are tiny little unimposing brown birds, but they have a huge and very beautiful song. They are one of my favorites over here. Hope you have a wonderful week with many more great photo ops, Stewart.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Sewart.
Photo 4 is my favorite.
Regards, Irma

CabinGirl said...

Wow - what beautiful images, Stewart! I love both the name and the unexpected blue tail of the fairy wren. So neat to see birds that we don't have...

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Lovely, pretty little birds!

I did not know that the American Robin was actually a thrush. Now I've learned something new today. Thank you.

Glad you were finally able to get a satisfactory image of the Yellow-rumped Thornbill. I understand that frustration! ;-)

Thanks for hosting ~
Lindy

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful birds. They are so pretty. I do like the first one, the Robin. Wonderful to see birds from other areas. MB

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful birds the robin stole my heart until I saw the fairy wren!

dancingaspensfarm said...

I love the vibrant colors on all of the birds, especially the robin! Wonderful!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I had only seen images of the Fairy Wren once before, absolutely lovely little bird. The Yellow-rumped Thornbill reminds me a bit of our Yellow-rumped Warbler, and your Scarlet Robin...glorious looking bird and I can only imagine how it stood out so well hiding in the bush~

grammie g said...

HI Stewart...Perth sure has some really gorgeous colorful birds !
The Scarlet Robin is amazingly colored : )!!
The little Fairy Wren is just adorable!!
Love on the shot's!!
Grace
I can't believe two WBW have pasted and I am not on the ball at all, to much to do in the Spring, but I have to make time, and was hoping that WBW would keep me committed
but alas I am not !! :(

Sheryl said...

Oh, that fairy wren is just adorable! How beautiful.

DIMI said...

Thank you Stewart,for hosting my post!!Have a lovely day!!!
Dimi..

bailey-road.com said...

I love all these shots, but that Scarlet Robin is especially beautiful.

Rosemary Aubut said...

What gorgeous little creatures! Beautiful colors! Well done!

Esther Joy said...

I especially love your little fairy wren. I was delighted to have my hummingbirds come back yesterday after our L-O-N-G winter.

Esther Joy said...

Hope I'm not in trouble - thought my link wasn't going through, ...and entered a second entry.

edenhills said...

I love that robin! What a cheerful little bird!

pattisjarrett said...

Your Scarlet Robin steals the show, but the Splendid Fairy-Wren is a close second. The male must be quite brilliant.

Linda said...

Wow, that robin is gorgeous!