2150. Oh for a photo in focus

Recently I’ve been busy; busy busy busy; and I’ll tell you why. But first there’s some explaining to do.

A common bird in New Zealand is the fantail. It’s smaller than a sparrow but with a tail that fans out. In some places (such as where I live) there are dozens of them. They don’t behave like most birds. They flitter-flutter around your head when going for a walk. They’re catching insects that are disturbed. Picture a juggler going for a walk with three or four feathered friends being juggled in the air. If you twirl a tree leaf back and forth between thumb and forefinger, a fantail might sometimes land on your arm! They also come through your house cleaning up any spiders and bugs.

AND because they don’t keep still for any amount of time they are almost impossible to photograph. I have a reason for wanting to photograph one in particular which I shall tell you about shortly.

The usual colouring of a fantail is a dull brown back, yellow breast, and tail feathers that are white and brown. Here is a photos of one that kept almost still for long enough.

Recently in my nearby little town of Stratford, a pure white fantail appeared in a park. Dozens of would-be bird-watchers crowded the park each day in the hope of a glimpse. Only one onlooker managed a half decent photo. I haven’t seen the bird.

Now here’s my secret… About two minutes from my house, in a little glade of trees, is a pitch black fantail. Every day I take my camera on my walk. He/she is usually there flitting about, but seems a little shyer than some of the other fantails. Hence, after a month I have only two out-of-focus photos.

I don’t want to announce its where-about because who wants dozens of onlookers walking onto ones property? So that’s what I’ve been busy doing each afternoon after lunch. I shall post a further photo on this blog should a successful photo session occur. I thought a black fantail to go with the white fantail could be fun.

Tomorrow I shall post a piece of music called “Fantails” composed for oboe and piano. It doesn’t try to capture the fantail’s call which is a twitter-twitter to disturb insects. Rather the music tries to capture its flitter-flutter-all-over-the-place-flight. And who knows? Today’s walk might perhaps be my lucky in-focus day!

41 thoughts on “2150. Oh for a photo in focus

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    I would like to be a professional leaf twirler. That sounds like an interesting bird.

    Where I grew up at twilight we would throw rocks up in the air and bats would swoop down at the rocks…that was a nights entertainment.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        We never hit one because they were too fast and small but as the rock fell they would dive down at it.
        I’m still shocked that you guys have no snakes.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max)

            Interesting reptile…they can live up to 100 years old…and have a third eye.
            I was just talking to another blogger from New Zealand that I follow. I’ve learned more in the past 4 years of blogging that I ever knew about New Zealand… it does sound like a wonderful place to live.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              It’s like everywhere else – it has it’s “disadvantages” – e.g. food is TAXED. A fact for which I’d say a naughty word if I wasn’t in such polite society. I love the States – best arrangement in history yet I reckon – snakes and all!

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              1. badfinger20 (Max)

                You lived here so you would know the truth…good and bad…there are many with a perception that everyone in America carries a gun and will shoot it out with each other like the westerns.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      The farmer here – my landlord – has a large block of native trees that he has “given to the Queen” – which means it can never be touched – farmed or built on. So there are lots of birds about. There’s a name for this Queen Thing but I can’t remember it.

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      1. noelleg44

        The first thing we did at our new place here is put up a birdfeeder/suet feeder and a birdbath. Neither are allowed by the HOA, but we will fight them if they put up a stink. The community land with open fields and a pond is already occupied by geese!

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