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New Zealand Fantail

New Zealand Fantail
著作権: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2005-07-03
カテゴリー: Birds
カメラ: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2005-07-05 3:43
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My third post in this series of the New Zealand Fantail.


The fantail is about the size of a house sparrow. His distinct multicolour coat is made up of a dark olive brown covering his head and back, a white tail, a yellow stomach and white splashes on his neck and above the eye. His enchanting, fantail tail provides even more color. He is a cheeky bird who delights in displaying his fan to observers. He will emit a chirpy noise to get attention and then fly around in short, acrobatic circles before opening his tail proudly.

The fantail makes his home in New Zealand痴 forest and bushland. He has, however, been known to venture into people痴 domestic gardens. To attract one to your place, try planting abelia hedge plants or other insect attracting shrubs. The fantail will zone in on such plants in his ever vigilant search for insects and flies. He is an expert at catching such tasty little treats. The fantail himself, however, makes easy pickings for cats, so keep this in mind before inviting too many of them over.

Back home in the bush, the fantail is an expert home builder, making a compact, cup shaped nest out of fibres, moss and bark. The internal lining is made of cobwebs. This is just as well, for the bird is a prolific breeder, producing up to five broods in a season. This usually takes place between January and August. It takes 15 days for the chicks to hatch from their eggs.

New Zealand is not the only home to the fantail. The white-brown fantail can be found in Bangladesh and India. Australia is home to the willy-wagtail fantail which, at about 23 centimeters, is one of the largest fantails. There are, in fact, about two dozen different types of fantail around the world, mostly in the South Pacific. The official name for the fantail is Rhiphidura Rufifrons.

The above obtained from http://nv.essortment.com/fantail_rvhr.htm

You can view my posts in the series by clicking on the links:

1. Fantail

2. Piwakawaka


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 1:05 p.m.
Date: 3rd July 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 310mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Once more a great picture Pam. Lovely composition with the bird on the branch. Great sharpness and colours. Cute pose of the subject. Bravo!

Very good composition on an oblique branch, plus a very cute bird, plus a great pose with the head turned on the side make it a very attractive image, Pam. Perhaps a bit oversharpened, but's that's minor considering the cute expression of your subject. Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-07-05 4:01]

Even better pose today Pam ;-) This bird remainds me one bird for Polish cartoons ;-) I bet it is equally curious and fast ;-) Very nice photo!

Another great caught, Pam!
Very nice pose, excellent light, very sharp details.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-05 4:22]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful post.Clear details,sharpness,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

Very nice composition Pam with good pose and nice detail. He's a cute looking bird for sure. Good work.

hello Pam!
Cute bird! Just sweeet ;-)))

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-07-05 6:19]

Hi Pam,

I love the expression on the face of the bird! Composition is good, POV is great, details are sharp and the pose of the bird is perfect. Well done & TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-05 6:30]

Ah, cute Pam. I love his pose and his colours. They move so fast you've been lucky to catch them. I'll ignore the tail. This is nice and sharp, well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-05 6:35]

What a cutie, great shot Pam, nicely composed, DOF, good details and sharpness! Excellent shot! Thanks for sharing.. :)

Hi Pam, I need to get your bird photography tips cos all yours are stunning. This is no exception, great detail and exposure. Beautifully composed. Lovely :)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-05 9:14]

Hello Pam!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Pam, what a lovely captured moment.Well composed, good DoF and nice perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-07-05 14:43]

Hi Pam, nice caopture of this little fellow. fine composition with clear details and soft colours.
Well done.

Great capture Pam,
Good POV, good sharp detail and good colours.Nicely composed.
Well captured, Thanks for posting

Hello Pam,

How to say moreover, it is always superb! TFS, cordially.
Composition: ****
Contraste(Sharpness): ****
Couleurs(Color): ****
PDC(DOF): ****
PDV(POV): ****
Note: ***

Que dire de plus, c'est toujours superbe!
Merci pour le partage, cordialement,

Nice composition and very pleasant gold colors. Very "rich" look. Sharp subject on a blurred background. Very good.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-06 4:56]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this nice bird ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing Pam.

Hello Pam!
Very nice capture.Colors,clear details,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Pam. This is well composed with a great pose and POV. Very good details and a great supporting note, Well done!

Its a lovely bird Pam. Nice composition and sharpness. I think a bit of extra DOF would have had the tail in, but then I just saw you paid homage to the tail in a seperate post. :)

Very well done.

Hello Pam,

From your series of Fantail exposures I like this one most. The BG fits perfectly to the colours of the feathers and give a good contrast for the shape of the body.
Details are very sharp. The tail is still OK.
Great job. TFS.


if I'd live in NZ I would probably be a birdwatcher. Your posts are very challenging and always full of detailed information.

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