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Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)

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The Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) is a species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to Australia and can be found near rivers and coastal areas along the northern and eastern coastlines from the Kimberley in the northwest to the Hunter Region in New South Wales. Like other fairywrens, this species displays marked sexual dimorphism. The male adopts a striking breeding plumage, with a black head and upperparts and tail, and brightly coloured red back and brown wings. The female has brownish upperparts and paler underparts. The male in eclipse plumage and the juvenile resemble the female. Some males remain in non-breeding plumage while breeding. Two subspecies are recognised; the nominate form melanocephalus of eastern Australia has a longer tail and orange back, and the short-tailed form cruentatus from northern Australia has a redder back.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jan 2000 - 12:03 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Username:wildlifephotographer wildlifephotographer
Uploaded:31 Oct 2013 - 9:01 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Briwooly
Briwooly  9452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 9:06 AM

Great image and a very interesting description

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 11:22 AM

As always, a lovely shot, Gordon.
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Newdawei
Newdawei  3 China
31 Oct 2013 - 11:55 AM

I know itís not easy to catch it clearly as it was moving all the way. Great capture , love it very much !
Chen

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 12:28 PM

Beautiful capture

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fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 3:57 PM

Very good photo!
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Martin

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 5:22 PM

A beautiful little bird so well captured.
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richmowil
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31 Oct 2013 - 7:06 PM

Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

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2 Nov 2013 - 5:22 PM

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