Wild Bird Trust photographers of the week
I have one picture included in this week’s edition of Top Wild Bird Photographs of the Week by Steve Boyes and Wild Bird Trust. This time it is a picture of the most-loved bird of Australia, the Superb Fairywren.
The picture is actually taken at the famous bird island of Bruny Island just south of Hobart, Tasmania. I knew before I went on holiday to Australia that I would end up on Bruny Island, but not primarily for birds as I wanted to make a boat trip with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys around parts of Bruny Island. Just to get the opportunity to see Tasmania from the sea fascinated me and that was the main reason for me to visit this island.
I can assure you that I had a wonderful time at sea and this picture is of course not taken during the trip. It is actually a fluke picture that shouldn´t have been.
Why you might ask?
Well we were supposed to meet up with Maria’s sisters family and her cousin Edward shortly after the boat trip, but they were nowhere to be seen when we got to the almost empty car park.
Therefore, we took the car and headed into the small town at Adventure Bay to see if they had any ice-cream at the local supermarket.
They did of course have ice-cream and when we left the Supermarket we saw the other coming. They also wanted to buy something to eat so me and Maria headed over to the picnic area opposite to the Supermarket. There we sat down at one of the picnic table and waiting for the other to join us while we ate our deserved ice-cream.
I soon heard the Superb Fairywren and discovered the small family. I therefore took out the camera and prepared myself if something would happen while I still ate my ice-cream.
Something surely happened as the male soon positioned himself in the top of the highest bracken. I took a couple of safety pictures before I slowly approached this wild bird. I actually managed to get pretty close without disturbing it. I have many more pictures than this, but I felt that this might be the best of the lot.
The background is truly outstanding with its soft color that really make the Wren pop out in the picture. The details are high and the only downside might be the hard light, but still I managed a decent exposure with not that many burned out patches. I am more than pleased with the work I produced and I am really thankful that the others were late because otherwise this picture would never have been.