Two weeks have passed and I am once again in Stratford photographing the delightful leucistic fantail. I have a different photog friend with me this time and we are spending every spare minute in the park with our cameras. Then back to the tourist flat to download and cull the images we have taken.
So far on this second trip, the weather has been fantastic but the fantail has been a little harder to photograph. We just haven’t had the same close encounters that I experienced two weeks ago. There have been a steady flow of people dropping in to see the fantail so perhaps it is getting tired of the attention.
This trip has also given me the opportunity to photograph the North Island tomtit. We have encountered a male tomtit hanging around the same area as the white fantail and indeed at one point today when given the opportunity to photograph either of them at the same time I chose the tomtit! No idea why, it just seemed the right thing to do at the time.
This will probably be the last time I see this particular fantail as they don’t have a very long lifespan, and I don’t intend travelling this way again any time soon – my calendar is way too full for the rest of the year. I am however, thankful for the opportunity and the experience, and have so many images it is not one I will ever forget.