Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Have you ever tried photographing Grey Fantails? I was standing among the scrub surrounded by fantails, well that might be a slight exaggeration, but there were at least 10, probably more. They had discovered me. They flitted around me, occasionally scolding, never still, and try as I might I just couldn't get a shot of any of them. No sooner did I see one in a suitable position, than it pirouetted and quickly moved on. It's not for nothing they've earned the nickname 'Cranky Fans'! I did finally get a shot of sorts, seen here, of one scolding. While this was going on, and probably attracted by the commotion, they were joined by a female Satin Flycatcher. It sat about 2 metres from me, and just looked, cocking it's head from side to side, more reminiscent of a dog! At that range the very wide bill and bristles were evident. To take a shot of it at all, I had to slowly back away (it was too close to focus on) and managed a few shots of just the head--as shown. In a few minutes it was all over--but those few minutes are one of those events that will be remembered for a long time.