A Pampas Display - Black Fantail (Morph) - Dunedin Otago NZ by AndreaEL
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Black Fantail Morph flitting through the pampas grasses finding small insects. From above the canopy, along walking tracks and gardens and parks fantails may be found gathering prey. They are almost entirely insectivorous feeding on small creatures almost always taken while in flight. Three feeding methods have been described; hawking, where the Fantail flies out from a perch after sighting an insect; flushing, where it uses its tail or whole body to disturb insects from the vegetation or ground; and ‘feeding associations’, where it moves with other species collecting insects as the flock progresses.
Although New Zealand does not have many indigenous mammals, it has a vast array of native birds. From the long beaked flightless kiwi to the once nearly extinct black robin, New Zealand is an ideal place for birders who want some unique sightings during their bird-watching adventures. Since many of New Zealand’s greatest birds are elusive, its important to know some of their most identifiable features should you happen upon a rare bird. One of the most widely seen New Zealand birds is the fantail (known in New Zealand as the piwakawaka). As their names suggest, fantails have tails that open like fans. The large fan display is in contrast to its tiny head. Known for its dazzling flying displays and “cheet cheet” sounding call, the fantail is distributed throughout most regions of New Zealand. Fantails are mid to dark grey or grey-brown above, yellowish/orange below, with a white throat, white markings over the eye, and (depending on the race) either white-edged or entirely white outer tail feathers. It grows to 16 centimetres in length, of which half is the tail, which, as the name implies, is often displayed fanned out. This reveals that the outer tail feathers that are light and the centre ones are dark. Some subspecies are found in a darker plumage, notably the “Black fantail” morph seen in up to 25% of South Island birds and less than 1% of North Island birds (it is completely absent from the Chatham Islands).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 May 2011 Dunedin Otago South Island New Zealand

Featured 6th May 2011

A Pampas Display Black Fantail

Natures beautiful Fan! – Fantail

Dressed For Success – Fantail

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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    A magical image. Love the tones in this!

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated. The sun was setting so I was lucky to get a bit of light on him.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

    rather nice shot, and your descriptions are the best.

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

    – AndreaEL

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallover 3 years ago

    This is so cute Andrea, congrats on such a gorgeous capture!!! :~}

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

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    lovely shot Andrea x

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

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful little bird.. Gorgeous photo. Brenda

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

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Outstanding work, beautiful.

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

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Andrea – now you have me wondering, I don’t think we have the dark one up here.
    The Toi Toi just sets off the birds colour so well !

  • They are not common at all in the NI Roy, and I must admit even though they are supposed to be common here I have not seen too many. I see plenty of the grey ones. Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingover 3 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorover 3 years ago

    This is really beautiful, love the lighting and warmth

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

    – AndreaEL

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