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Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens at Geikie Gorge – 10,000 Birds


    We attempt to make a visit to Geikie Gorge annually to go bush-walking and birdwatching, however the space is simply open for a number of months annually. Sometimes the world is open from round April to October, however this could range quite a bit because of flooding rains or bushfires. Final 12 months we had been ready to go to in Might, however this 12 months we had not been capable of go to till this final weekend. The park had been closed to a bushfire the earlier week, so we had been fortunate that we might go to earlier than it closed. Final Sunday was a sometimes scorching day for late September with temperatures over 30c as quickly because the solar got here up and quickly growing to over 40c within the shade. It was a scorching and dry warmth, so it was like strolling into an oven albeit a fan-forced oven should you discovered a breeze!

    We’ve encountered Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens within the space in two places prior to now. Final 12 months they had been very near the car-park and on the lengthy stroll beside the river. The species is simply within the north of Australia and they’re usually present in places which might be exhausting to get to 12 months spherical. We’ve been capable of observe Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens in a number of places throughout the north of Australia and so they had been fairly straightforward to see within the car-park at Large Horse Creek in 2017.

    Our encounter with Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens final weekend within the scorching warmth was temporary. It was partly as a result of warmth, however principally because of the truth that we didn’t wish to disturb them any greater than needed. Initially we heard them after which moved barely nearer to look at them and take some photographs. The Purple-crowned Fairy-wren is a really small fowl, so will not be clearly seen within the header picture. I’ll present you beneath the place it’s!

    Feminine Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

    We watched the feminine Purple-crowned Fairy-wren preen after which the male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren joined her. We had been solely within the space for 3 minutes to minimise disturbance, however by retaining our distance I used to be capable of seize them behaving as if we weren’t current. We did try to benefit from the little little bit of shade that there was and so I received’t apologise for the shortage of brilliant daylight within the photographs! Each the Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens and ourselves had been making an attempt to maintain out of the direct warmth of the solar the place we might.

    Feminine Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

    Male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

    It was a memorable expertise to look at the pair of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens meet up on the department and preen collectively.

    Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens

    I might have omitted the photographs that had vegetation in them, but it surely helps you perceive how simply they will disappear from view. Minimising disturbance is much more necessary than getting the “greatest” shot of such a tiny susceptible fowl. Over coming months there received’t be any entry to the park and the Fitzroy River will likely be in flood as soon as our moist season rains begin. All the inhabitants of the world might want to transfer to increased floor and hopefully we’ll return subsequent 12 months to look at them once more.