This North Island fantail's Latin name is Rhipidura fulginosa placibilis. (I never learnt Latin but it looks like 'something, sooty, placid temperament' - the 'placibilis' indicates the North Island version of this bird).
I've noticed a pair for some weeks now. They have a favorite low branch of a particular tree and are usually there. We haven't had fantails for years in the garden, but these two have clearly established their territory here.
Piwakawaka are insectivores, and they have a habit of closely following humans as we lumber through the bush. This endears them to us as they seem so friendly. In fact they are just catching the insects we are stirring up.
This one was completely at home (ha ha) and twittered and cheeped, moving constantly, flitting from the light fittings to the curtain rail, and up into the corners, eating all the spiders my poor eyesight had missed.*
|Son takes a picture. Look how close you can get.|
|If you enlarge this image you can just make out its sensitive whiskers.|
Please avoid noticing the cobwebs.
* My story and I'm sticking to it.
PS. For a nice little clip (not mine) of a fantail singing its cheery song : Go Here.