Species: Malurus (Leggeornis) lamberti
Common names: Variegated Fairy-wren
On a number of days I have seen fern fronds waving about and heard the calls from a family of variegated fairy wrens. These wrens are often very hard to see in the ferns but I was lucky enough to capture a photo of a male as he briefly emerged from the ferns.
A number of families of Variegated Fairy-wrens are to be found in the reserve, but I am really unsure as to just how many there are. This handsome breeding male is sitting just above the dome shaped nest of grass. I only found the nest by chance when a female Variegated Fairy-wren did the disappearing trick. The location of the nest was a surprise to me because it is right out in the open under a small fallen branch. The female constructs the nest without help from the male. Breeding can occur throughout the year but at this stage the nest appears to be empty.