Delightfully Noisy Neighbours …

Male Superb Blue Wren sizing up the "competition" - his own reflection!
Male Superb Blue Wren sizing up the "competition" - his own reflection!

This morning early there was a lot of commotion from the wrens out in the garden. We have a pair of Superb Blue Wrens who have moved into the bushes around the house and aviary complex. The male spends half his waking hours defending “his” territory from his reflection in the glass wall of the eastern studio.

I thought perhaps the cat was giving them a hard time, so went out to check and pick a few strawberries for brekie at the same time.

The source of the commotion quickly became very obvious  – a large family of beautiful Superb Blue Wrens had invaded the front garden. They were flitting about from the lavender to the citrus, then back to the Kings Park callistemon. A petite little female landed on the verandah briefly before heading off to the garden again. And they were all twittering and whistling up a storm.

The extended family moved off after about an hour, probably much to the relief of our resident pair. Male Superbs are extremely territorial and despite their diminutive stature are quite capable of chasing off rivals (except that stubborn blue wren in the glass pane … 😉

Male Superb Blue Wren - Malurus cyaneus
Our beautiful wild male Superb Blue Wren - Malurus cyaneus - seen from the other side of the offending glass pane.

P.S. What I thought was just a handful of ripe strawberries turned out to be an overflowing bowl full, so we made strawberry sauce topping instead.