Photographer Mark Eatwell, well-known for his beautiful images of Western Australia’s splendid fairy-wrens, captures these gorgeous bright blue birds frolicking among the blossoms of a Marri tree.
The small, superb fairy-wren is endemic to eastern Australia, ranging in habitat from south Queensland to South Australia’s Adelaide region, as well as throughout Tasmania. Males are easily distinguished from females by their distinctive colourings: mostly blue, with a black band across their back and head. This blue turns iridescent when the male is looking for a mate.
These findings are the first to show that unborn chicks can learn to recognise parent’s songs.
New research reveals the endemic bird is conserving energy to create larger eggs – and stronger chicks – during harsher climates.