Brad Douglas Photography | Birds | Malurus cyaneus
Taken 16-Jan-16
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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:Malurus cyaneus, Superb Fairy-wren, australia, bird, fairy-wren, wildlife
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Dimensions1823 x 2734
Original file size895 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Jan-16 17:08
Date modified14-Mar-16 23:19
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length600 mm
Max lens aperturef/6.2
Exposure1/640 at f/14
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias+2/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 1600
Metering modePattern
Malurus cyaneus

Malurus cyaneus

Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren)

IUCN Status: Least Concern

There are six subspecies described. Now, given the "species" concept is grey and flexible, you can imagine how fluid "subspecies" is. Regardless, this is the Tassie version, and it's the original, described by Ellis in1782 on Captain Cooks voyage of discovery.

This is a male in mating colouration. As I write this in March, the males are all malting and losing the "look at me" blue and black, and changing into a drab cream/brown affair.