Friday, February 15, 2013
February 15. Day 46. Off with the fairies
Anyway, it's not fair. Some people seem to be able to wear short and spiky hair and it looks fabulous. On me it looks like a boy. According to my son it looks fugly (in case you are uninitiated that means very ugly, well sort of).
So this morning I was hiding under a hat at the Roma Street Parklands when I photographed this Superb Fairy-wren, plumage all spiky and fabulous looking.
But that's not the only unfair thing about this little bloke (and it is a bloke because the girls are brown which is also unfair).
What is unfair here is that according to Birds in Backyards these birds have been "labelled as the least faithful birds in the world. Females may be courted by up to 13 males in half an hour and 76% of young are sired by males outside the social group". Wow.
So despite being plain and dull looking with bad hair, very attractive males they barely know throw themselves at the females. And they still manage to look good at the end of it.
They do, however, have high pitched trills. I must say I'm not surprised what with all that action.
Perhaps what I need is a blue tint. If I ask the hairdresser for a shade of red I might get that.