27 July 2010


The common English name for piwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is "fantail". Easy to see why.

[25 July 2010; Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L, ISO 400, 1/200 at f5.6] 

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Relatively Retiring said...

This little creature is too good to be true.
I love the way you have found the echoing colours in the background (or maybe he/she found them?).

Zhoen said...

Displaying. Or showing off his good genes.

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, RR. The background was something I noticed at the time, but with these never-still-for-long birds, it really is a case of seizing the moment.

Zhoen, he (she?) does look like a bit of a poser, eh?

Leonie Wise said...

I love these little birds (and like Anne-Marie am enjoying the theme). I have fond memories of walking through the bush and being followed by one of these. I can only guess that I was kicking up tiny bugs from the forest floor for it to feast on. Beautifully photographed. Ive never (until recently) had a camera quick enough or with a good zoom to be able to photograph one. I will be trying when we are back in NZ over Xmas though :)

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Leonie. A camera with no shutter lag is essential for these wee birds. They seem particularly abundant and fearless this winter — let's trust that'll still be the case when you get here :^)