2022—A Photographic Challenge

Australia is home to lots of brilliantly colored bird species. The White-browed Scrub-wren is not one of those but this small wren with a color palette that blends perfectly with its surroundings was one of the most challenging for me to photograph in Lamington National Park a few weeks ago. It spends much of its time foraging in the rotting leaf cover on the rain forest floor and it quickly scurries in and out of view, moving under shrubs and scooting under or even across the boardwalk, almost under our feet. Its coloring blended so well with the leaf cover that it was difficult to see. Even when it hopped onto a tree trunk it was usually in the midst of branches that covered it, leaves obscured my view, or the background was a distracting visual cacophony. Luckily for me, on our first morning on the boardwalk, for two serendipitous seconds, this White-browed Scrub-wren posed on a narrow branch with an uncluttered background.