Dressed For Success - Fantail - NZ by AndreaEL
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The fantail or pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is 16 centimetres long, including its 8-centimetre tail. It weighs 8 grams. Most fantails are brown above and pale underneath. Their fan-like tail, usually held high above the body, is made up of long dark central feathers flanked by white feathers. About 20% of South Island fantails are completely black.
The fantail’s tail contributes to its distinctive flight – twisting and turning in the air as it catches insects in flight. Its call is like a kissing sound.
New Zealand’s fantails belong to three separate subspecies not found in Australia: one on each of the North, South and Chatham islands.
Fantails mainly eat insects. They build distinctive nests with hanging tails under protective foliage in tree forks, lay three or more speckled white eggs, and raise two to five broods in a season. The population fluctuates, but tends to recover quickly if it drops. The oldest bird known was three years. Fantails are common in forest, rural and urban environments.
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/small-forest-birds/6

This cute little fantail sang and danced around me for at least 5 minutes. He swooped through the tree branches catching tiny insects in mid air and he would come back and land on the branch where he sang and danced. It was almost as if he was telling me a story and showing off at the same time. I held the camera up to him and at one point I thought he was going to land on my hand. I think he could see his reflection in the camera lens, he was very impressed and pleased with himself.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 March 2011 Rural Southland

Dressed For Success

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    What a beauty, awesome color and sharp detail

  • Byron, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsabout 4 years ago

    Cute little bird! Excellent work!

  • James, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous Andrea

  • Lynn, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Oh my what a little beauty, fantastic shot too! Nice detail!

  • Swaby, thank you for your lovely comment & compliment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...about 4 years ago

    This is a sweet capture Andrea :-)

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. He is adorable.

  • I think they are so cute Bunny, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • mltrue
    mltrueabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful bird image! Wow, love hearing how he stayed around you and sang and danced. When birds see my camera, they tend to fly away! haha

  • He was not shy at all, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 4 years ago

    Superb picture and terrific capture. Well done Andrea

  • Robert, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 4 years ago
    Another delightful bird shot of yours Andrea. The fantail is not the easiest bird to photograph either!
  • They never really sit still, but this little fellow was on his best behavior, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Andrea!

  • Colin, thank you for your lovely comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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