Juvenile Grey Fantails

To: james melville <>, Tim Shawcross <>, <>
Subject: Juvenile Grey Fantails
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 08:48:44 +1000
Nothing to do with identification.  Just a pleasant event.

Last day of a Milford Track walk in New Zealand, and I was almost across the
suspension bridge over the Arthur River.  In the shrubbery, which is right
up against the bridge on the western side, were four Grey Fantails: Mum and
three juveniles.

As soon as I paused, the notorious Milford sandflies attacked.  By
Queensland standards they are HUGE, and numerous.  Was this what the
fantails were waiting for, I wonder?  Anyway, the three young'uns
immediately started picking them off in mid-air, just inches in front of my
face, while Mum fondly admired their newly developed dexterity.

Unfortunately some of the marauders were getting through the guard, and I
had to move on, but it was a delightful experience.



> From: james melville <>
> Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 14:15:53 +0000 (GMT)
> To: Tim Shawcross <>, 
> Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Help with identification
> juv grey fantail

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