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Frank our resident fantail on a thorny branch only an arms length away inspecting my gardening abilities. Will I uncover tasty morsels with the next turn of the spade? Over the past two weeks he has kept me company along with our five free range chickens, the competition is tough as each of them scan every piece of earth that is turned for the delicacy’s that lie hidden beneath the soil. These little fantails move with lightning speed, landing amongst the thorns and diving between the chickens to get his fair share. I am always in awe and amazed at their brilliant eye sight as they spot the unsuspecting worms and insects. Who ever said gardening was boring with such wonderful feathered company.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 May 2011
New Zealand is a land of unspoilt natural beauty. One of the great pleasures I find is the opportunity to wander through virgin native forestry, far away from the concrete jungle. The delights of such an excursion is undoubtedly the beautiful birdsong and the sight of colourful birds flitting around the trees. The crown prince of such aerial activity is undoubtedly the little fantail – New Zealand’s little fly-catcher. The fantail is about the size of a house sparrow. His distinct multicolour coat is made up of a dark olive brown covering his head and back, a white tail, a yellow stomach and white splashes on his neck and above the eye. His enchanting, fantail tail provides even more color. He is a cheeky bird who delights in displaying his fan to observers. He will emit a chirpy noise to get attention and then fly around in short, acrobatic circles before opening his tail proudly. We are so fortunate and blessed to live in the country, where the concrete jungle is a distant memory, and so many of these delightful birds are happy to live in our garden. I have tried to keep the garden full of plants and shrubs that attract and feed our little native birds.
Featured 2nd June 2011
The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author.
In 1983 it was adapted as a television mini-series that, during its television run 27–30 March, became the United States’ second highest rated mini-series of all time behind Roots; both series were produced by television veteran David L. Wolper.