Morning Light - Fantail
A Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) perched amongst pasture grass lit by sunlight.
‘An all-time favourite of mine this little fellow was flitting about the fields as the sun crested the trees. I wanted to capture the spangles of light that flickered over the grass stalks and the brief moment of rest as the bird perched before fluttering away.’
About the bird
The Fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland and is also found in Australia where it is called the Grey Fantail. Called Pīwakawaka in Maori, its tail contributes to its distinctive flight – twisting and turning in the air as it catches insects. It can often be found in forests, open scrubland and planted gardens.
Painting on the easel