15 May 2015

Piwakawaka (North Island fantail)

I've photographed piwakawaka many times, with varying degrees of success. Ironically, the easiest place I've found to photograph them is my verandah, where some years ago I managed perhaps the best photograph so far. This morning two little piwakawaka were doing the rounds of the house and posing momentarily for me. Rather than show you a very similar photograph to those I've already posted, here's one from the other end of the verandah, with the mid-morning sun behind instead of in front of this tiny wisp of life, and showing a different aspect of the piwakawaka character.



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7 comments:

Lesley said...

The back-lighting has shown up its whiskers. I'd never realised that they had any. The piwakawaka which I see up the hill never stay still long enough for me to see details, let alone photograph them. I love the detail of the breast feathers and their slight disarray.

Lisa Emerson said...

You're right, Lesley - I had never seen the whiskers before! I love all your photographs of fantails, Pete, and although the earlier one of the fantail concentrating on landing is one of my favourite photographs ever, I enjoyed the detail of this one, and the look on its little face - as if it's debating the exact angle of flight needed to capture a midge above it.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
The squeeze of Maui is still apparent in those eyes.
Robb

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, with piwakawaka, photographs are always largely a matter of luck. Sometimes they're cooperative, usually they seem to like teasing photographers.

Lisa, you might well be right, and now I think the photograph would have been so much better if there had been a little backlit insect in just the right place above the bird.

Kia ora Robb. You're probably right, but I'm trying not to imagine it ;-)

Zhoen said...

That other one is a desktop image that I shamelessly stole. This one, well, bird looks like "Imma sing for you!"

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, I'm pleased you stole the other one ;-) You're right about the pose of this one too, although they don't actually sing, they chatter energetically (as seems entirely fitting).

Zhoen said...

(shhhh... they *think* they are singing...)