Isolation Antidotes (42): Fantail Follow-up

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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23 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (42): Fantail Follow-up

  1. Vicki says:

    Superb photos, Gary.
    (I know how hard these shots were to obtain, so can appreciate them more than most non-photographers).

  2. I’m a fan of your fantail tale.

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Now we know where their name comes from. Their tail could not make a more impressive fan.

  4. Platypus Man says:

    Great capture…these guys never sit still, do they?

  5. These are sensational, Gary! Well done! What a fabulous bird.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful pictures, Gary, especially the middle one – what a beautiful bird! :)

  7. shoreacres says:

    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.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    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. ??

    • krikitarts says:

      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.

  9. It’s hard to fathom how this bird got its name. :-) Very nice studies, Gary.

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