‘The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in the land.’
Song of Solomon 2:12
We have just returned from Australia today, and so much to do… However, I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of the wonderful splendid fairywren (Malurus splendens) which is my favourite Australian bird. The little bright blue bird is a male in breeding plumage. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour, and this makes it difficult to be sure which are the females. I did get one photo of that grey-brown plumage, unfortunately not a good one, but it does show the difference…
This is an extremely darting little bird, rather like our fantails, so I feel lucky to have managed these shots.