Here’s my “promised” second installment on our little friend, the fantail. When I presented the first one about three weeks ago (here), I said I’d try to bring you an image of one with its tail actually fanned, which I was not able to catch during that photo session. We’ve had quite a spell of gray, windy, and rainy weather since then; in fact, just the other day the rains were so heavy in the northern part of the North Island that they broke an old record for one day’s total precipitation that had been standing for 500 years. But yesterday the sun shone and the fantail was back, flitting around constantly, and very difficult to catch in a moment of relative inactivity. I can’t tell if it’s a male or a female, as apparently the only obvious difference is that the male is slightly larger. I did have some success with my project, as you can see, and although I could have wished for somewhat sharper results and a more complementary background for my third image, I’m pretty happy with these. At least now you can better understand how it got its name.
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Superb photos, Gary.
(I know how hard these shots were to obtain, so can appreciate them more than most non-photographers).
I know you do, and I really appreciate your appreciation.
I’m a fan of your fantail tale.
Might be able to call it a tail of two flitties.
It was the best of puns, it was the worst of puns.
I see where you’re coming from Steve, this is a tell-tail comment 🙂.
Now we know where their name comes from. Their tail could not make a more impressive fan.
It does actually get even wider, and I’ll try to get one of those out to you too.
Great capture…these guys never sit still, do they?
Only for a few split seconds. Their energy level is phenomenal. And all by eating insects?
I’ve felt knackered for weeks. Maybe I should snack on insects too! Pass me that dragonfly, kind sir 🙂
How about a nice cricket casserole?
These are sensational, Gary! Well done! What a fabulous bird.
Thanks, Pete, I hope to get a few better ones in days to come, but yes, it does make for a delightful–if very challenging subject.
Beautiful pictures, Gary, especially the middle one – what a beautiful bird! :)
I like that one especially too, and how the ivy complements the birdie.
Oddly enough, the fanned tail reminded me of the peacock spiders’ way of displaying rather than of actual peacocks or wild turkeys. There’s a wonderful old wooden boat here that has a carved fantail that looks remarkably like your pretty bird, too.
Ah, peacock spiders–surely visitors from another planet that decided to stay after all. And I’d like to see your wooden boat.
What fun! There are birds that flick their tails here, but none like this handsome one. I’m scratching my head over who was recording daily rainfall 500 years ago. ??
That’s a very good point, Lynn, and we are asking ourselves exactly the same question. I’m afraid it might be another exercise in journalistic exuberance and sensationalism. Let’s take that “statistic” with a block of salt.
It’s hard to fathom how this bird got its name. :-) Very nice studies, Gary.
Yeah, that’s really a tough one, all right. There seems to be no limit to some people’s imagination.