Piwakawaka (Dancing Canoe)
Of our forest birds none delight me more than our fantails as they flit around chasing insects. They never seem to be still, even when perched, as they will constantly pivot hop from side to side . from Often in company with other flock species collecting insects disturbed by the flocks foraging amongst the leaves and branches. We seldom see the black variant, although the “book” suggest up to 25% will be totally black. By my experience it would be nearer 3 to 4%. Although I have once seen two black parents and a black juvenile. Often they seem absent from Ulva but will generall appear in significant numbers before, during and after bad weather.
Size 160 mm
We often see them chasing insects on the beaches and forest edges
Chasing Beach insects
Black Fantail on Sydney Cove Beach
But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG. See More .......
Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,
Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.
Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG