Superb Fairy-Wren in Casuarina
by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm. 100% Cotton Paper.
Open Edition Print
23x33cm (to suit 11x14" frame)
It was William John Anderson, who was traveling with Captain James Cook on his third voyage, who spotted the first Superb Fairy-wren at Adventure Bay on Bruny island in south eastern Tasmania.
Most people find the striking blue colour of the male very attractive and it is this which makes him most conspicuous, while the female is a rather drab brownish grey. An interesting fact about these little birds is that they live in family groups and tend to “siesta” in the middle of the day, when they perch together, and engage in preening, and this is why they are most obvious in the mornings and the afternoons, but seem to disappear at midday. At night they sleep together huddled along a branch for warmth and protection against both predators and inclement weather.
The male is very territorial and sings loudly in the early mornings to advertise his territory, which can vary from a half to two hectares. The male also sometimes carries coloured petals when he is courting.
The pattern along the bottom edge of this art work is a symbolic styling of the vanes of his bright blue feathers