Howdy from St.George

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aussie8
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Howdy from St.George

Hi everyony one,  I live in St.George and have several delightful Super Fairy-wren families that reside in my hedges.   They have become almost tame and will let me get within a meter or so before flying back to their nests.  They are a lovely tranquil sight around dawn, or any other time as well.  The male birds are very deeply coloured at this time An absolute joy to behold.  Keith

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Hi Keith. Great to read of your Superb Fairy-wren experiences.

I recall having outdoors coffee at a Sydney cafe where there were Superb Fairy-wrens in the hedges. The cafe was only about 3 km from the CBD & as far as I could see the only vegetation in the neighbourhood was introduced. This amazed me because not only were the hedges of introduced species but in Adelaide, where I was living at the time, there certainly weren't any Superb Fairy-wrens within about 15 km of the CBD that I was aware of.

I'm interested in the species of hedge plant you have & whether there is any native vegetation in your neighbourhood. Whatever the case may be you are indeed fortunate to have these delightful birds in your garden.

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Hi Woko, Thank you for your comment.  The hedges I have are all Photinia Robusta a lovely screening hedge that looks great in all seasons. Lovely deep green glossy leaves with red tips on growing areas.  We have a very hot climate here, a lot of 40 plus in summer and a relatively cool winter, rarely below zero C.  I have tried to upload a picture of my hedge plants but I am new to uploading.   Fingers crossed.   Native vegetation is confined to trees and some native shrubs.  Altogether i have over 70 metres of hedges and if you can view the picture you will see that it has plenty of access place for my beautiful little friends. Cheers, Keeith.

    You beauty, Looks like it worked. K.

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Certainly an attractive hedge, Keith.

It seems Superb Fairy-wrens, in some places at least, can exist with plenty of introduced vegetation. I've always been curious about why they should survive in Sydney in the midst of lots of introduced vegetation but not in Adelaide where there are similar conditions. I think someone on the forum once suggested it had to do with comparative traffic conditions but I'm not sure about that.

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