The Look Says It All - NZ Fantail

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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When you walk through the NZ bush you disturb lots of insects and our fantail loves eating insects. They don’t only follow humans they’ve been known to tail silvereyes, parakeets, whiteheads and saddlebacks. Fantails need to be good at catching insects because each summer they raise three or four families, each with three or four chicks. It is hard work.

The chicks are fed every 10 minutes, which is more than 100 times a day! No wonder baby fantails grow fast. Fifteen days after hatching blind and naked, the chicks have grown feathers and are ready to leave the nest. Fantails don’t live that long – the oldest fantail found is New Zealand was only three years old! The way they survive is by having lots of babies, and by tricking predators. If a predator comes near to their nest, the female will pretend to be injured in order to lure it away. Meanwhile the male will attack the enemy. Our little resident Fantail poses beautifully for me today – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Southland New Zealand April 2014

The Look Says It All – NZ Fantail

The Look Says It All – NZ Fantail

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