Gorgeous Cott Fairy wren photos

Since early November 2018 several of us have been delighted to regularly see White-winged Fairy-wrens on the dunes at north Cottesloe near the end of North Street. We reported sightings  of  Variegated fairy-wrens in the same area in January 2011 but we have not received reports in the interim.  Nedlands Council with Friends of Allen Park and Swanbourne Coastal Alliance have done a great job revegetating the Swanbourne dunes. The little wrens have decided to move in to Cottesloe too.

We hope that in time all the joint CCA efforts with Town of Cottesloe can create a dune vegetation corridor appropriate for the wee wrens to continue their spread south. Ecologist and bird expert Dr Ian Abbott told us that this is the southern most coastal population of White-winged Fairy-wrens in Western Australia. Ian suggests Cottesloe could become the Town of wrens!

Margaret Owen and Leeanne Beavis have taken many wonderful photos that they share here with us. One photo from Margaret Owen is of a male Purple-backed Fairy-wren ( previously known as Variegated Fairy-wren), taken at the same site. Leeanne saw a White-browed Scrub-wren in the vicinity as well. (Ian has observed these scrub-wrens at John Black Dune Park and at also Cottesloe Native Garden.)

Many thanks Ian, Margaret and Leeanne. Sit back and enjoy their glorious photos!


Male white-winged Fairy-wren (2 males in breeding plumage at the site) – Margaret Owen

Two adult female White- winged Fairy-wrens (wwfw) and their home range below  – Robyn Benken

These two photos above of White-winged Fairy-wrens are by Leeanne Beavis

The final five photos are all taken by Margaret Owen. Ian Abbott named one of White-winged Fairy-wren males Motley, see the top photo! The last photo is a male Purple-backed Fairy-wren in Scaevola crassifolia.

Margaret and I watched the wrens having a great meal of dragon flies and other insects one morning. You can see one photo of a White-winged Fairy-wren with a green caterpillar meal.