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Fantail

Piwakawaka (Dancing Canoe)

Rhipidura fukiginosa

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

Fantail

Fantail

We often see them chasing insects on the beaches and forest edges

Fantail

Chasing Beach insects

Fantail

Fantail

At “Rest”

Fantail Song


 

 

Sails Ashore and Kowhai Lane are Solar Powered

Sails Ashore now produces 100 % of our electrical needs, and have cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.
Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" and exports excess electricity to the local grid.
Both have significantly reduced our carbon footprint

 


 

Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846
NEW ZEALAND

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz


 

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