After the snow in Rural Southland I went walking round the neighboring farm roads. This little chap was not shy, he flitted round me feet for ages. It took many snaps to capture this one when he finally sat still for a few seconds. They are always on the move, and hard to capture. I was delighted that he posed for me, and when he flew off I thanked him out loud. I think this may be a juvenile, he does not have the white markings, or he may be a different species of Fantail that I have not come across yet.
New Zealand Fantail – Piwakawaka Rhipidura fuliginosa: Diet Insects usually caught in mid air. With its ‘fan tail’ it can change direction very quickly to capture insects in flight. The fantail will often follow people through the bush so that they can see the movement of disturbed insects. Fantail will also eat berries. Breeding A pair of New Zealand fantails raise three or four broods each summer, each with three or four chicks. The chicks are fed every 10 minutes or so. 15 days after hatching the chicks have grown feathers and are ready to leave.
General It is considered in legend to be bad luck for a fantail to come inside. They are preyed upon by cats, stoats and rats so few survive to maturity. The fantail is friendly curious and social.
Panasonic Lumix Model DMCFZ-35 19 Sept 2010 Southland