Monday, 24 March 2008

Fantail - Piwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The Fantail is a beautiful little bird (16 cm of which half is tail) but rather a hard one to photograph with a digital camera. Why? Because it never sits still. It is very restless twisting and jerking on a perch, usually with its tail fanned, flying out to seize flying insects. Sometimes it hawks erratically over trees or scrub or flies into insect swarms. I have photographed them on many occasions but with little real success so the latest attempt yesterday counted as a happy moment.

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