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Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren
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Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, 75-300 Canon EF
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fairy-wrens [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-30 16:56
Viewed: 3745
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I took this image at Teneriffe in Brisbane at the same time as my previous post of the male Superb Fairy-wren. It is not fair that the boys get all the colour but she is a sweet little thing anyway. Superb Fairy-wrens are very tiny and very very fast!.

Thanks to TN members for helping with my camera settings. I went straight to a faster shutter speed and I got quite a few shots which I was happy with. Focussing is still a challenge for me, especially when they move so fast. ISO was 400.

Superb Fairy-wrens are 13-14 cm and prefer dense undergrowth of grass, bracken, shrubbery in forests, heaths, gardens, roadsides and inland watercourses. They are often found in family parties - a dominant male, one or several females, and brownish juveniles or immatures. Song is a vigorous trill, beginning squeakily, but quickly strengthening into a strong, downward cascade of louder, less sharp, musical notes. They are commonly found in Austalia in the areas of South east Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-30 18:49]

Hi Sue , I think this little she bird has very nice colors , I like the more subtle colors of many of the female birds , you have captured the colors very nicely with good exposure , the detail is very good , as well as the point of view.

I think that focus is a challenge for all of us :-) especially with fast little birds.


sue that must of taken some work - they don't stay still for long! well done and thanks for sharing...mark
PS i'd run it through a sharpening filter - should come up a treat!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-31 2:08]

Hi Sue,
Isnt this one cute?
Infact as i understand they are also green coloured wrens, and i have tried taking shots of them on a weeping willow near my home. But i have not yet been able to get a clean one:(
This one sure seems to be looking for some food around.
Well done,.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Sue, very nice shot of this Fairy-wren, and in excellent focus, with very good detail. Mark is right, it might use just a bit of sharpening, but it's there, a very little PP will bring it out. Colour on this lady is maybe not as bright as the males, but your capture of it is great. I'd be thrilled with a shot of one of these. I've seen a male once, and I'm not sure if I've seen a female or not, though I have seen some small skittish quick little birds.

Thanks, John

Hi Sue,

Beautiful capture of this female Fairy-wren, wonderful colours and a lovely eye catch, I've yet to see one of these and I totally understand how difficult it is trying to catch one, excellent job well done, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-02 1:53]

Hi Sue,
what a great name! Love the pose you caught here with nice natural colours and catchlight in the eye too, nicely done!

good capture of this really very fast and nervous little bird.

This is a fairly good capture of a small bird, Sue. Pretty good focus and sharpness.
Trying different camera settings for practice on any suject and then observing the differences critically is a good method for learning to shoot with a DSLR. Fortunately, these digital gizmos allow you to erase practice shots without any regrets or extra cost. I used to do that a lot when I got my DSLR last year.
Keep shooting and all the best.

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