varigated fairy wren
There are a good number of national parks and nature reserves on the east coast of Australia and these are often found adjacent to coastal villages. One I am particularly fond of is the Moonee Beach Nature Reserve just north of Coffs Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales. At the north end of the reserve is a headland called Look At Me Now and this encapsulates much of what is beautiful in the area. Ringed with ocean views complete with islands and lighthouses off shore, and perfect waves where surfers are accompanied by dolphin pods and passing whales, the headland is a haven for kangaroos, reptiles and birds. One group of birds that is thriving are the fairy-wrens and this male is a Variegated Fairy-Wren. They are tiny at just 15 cm head to tail tip and come in two basic forms depending on what side of the Divide they are living (thats the Great Dividing Range to those unfamiliar with the abbreviation). As this location is on the east of the Divide he belongs to the lamberti. They are very common but tend to hide amoung branches and grasses so can be hard to see. They do however make a lovely trilling warble which is just as rewarding. These are just one of the many birds that can be spotted on the headland and surrounding beaches making it a bird watchers paradise.