Riroriro in my garden

My luck was in today later in the afternoon. I had had my camera “at the ready” in attempt to capture a photo of our friendly fantail. He, however, had different ideas and flirted with me as he flitted and darted amongst the leaves of the Golden Elm tree. But he disappeared chirruping cheekily across to another garden and away.

My attention was caught a few minutes later when the delightfully melodious song of the Grey Warbler or Riroriro filled the garden close by me. Out on the climbing rose were a pair of these tiny native birds. I have heard them increasingly in the garden in the past two years which has been exciting.

At around 11cm in length, greyish coloured and able to dart and flick away rapidly in flight, they are really tricky to spot and even harder to take a photo of.

I crept out onto the deck with the camera already set to maximum zoom and watched with disappointment as the pair flew into the leafy Smoke Bush. I stood as still as I could and suddenly this little bird popped out onto a barer branch.

Do go to this link for more detail about this marvellous wee bird and click on the sound recording of its impressive song. Impressive in its utter beauty but also in the large sound such a tiny bird produces.

I posted here about the Shining Cuckoo which infiltrates the nest of a Grey Warbler and is raised by these diminutive birds often after kicking the young warblers out of their nest. Another post here about the Shining Cuckoo.

I hope to be posting a photo of the fantail any day soon but for today I am content.


16 thoughts on “Riroriro in my garden

  1. Gallivanta

    How delightful to have so many birds about at different times. The grey warbler must be so lovely to watch and hear. I love the way the warblers seem quite content to raise the shining cuckoo’s offspring.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I am so happy that more and more of the native birds are returning. Even the shining cuckoos are coming closer to the garden now. Some of our trees in the garden and around us are very mature now so perhaps that helps. I note the return of “my” Tui this week and I see from last year’s blog that he/she returned around this time. My Dad loved the birds and he would be amazed and delighted with their return in numbers.

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  3. mothercat2013

    Snap! 🙂 I also had an encounter with a fantail today (and blogged about it) – really love having these little birds in my garden! Also have grey warblers in the area, as you do, but have never been lucky enough to sight one, so thanks for posting your photo!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I am determined to catch a photo of my cheeky visitor……time will tell on that one. I have seen several grey warblers in the garden in the past few weeks and wondered if it was a family/flock. They are so small and love to be amongst the leaves but their song helps me locate them now! It took a bit of detective work to establish that what I had seen was indeed a grey warbler. I am following your blog now….we have mutual interests.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Diana. I thought it would be hard to find the little tiny bird. I am very glad you could spot him or her. The song is magnificent. I have heard it described as “an unfinished symphony”. So much music from a tiny instrument…a miracle really.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Without the best zoom in the world I knew I was going to struggle to capture the wee ones but this one was keen to be a celebrity and popped out on a bare branch for me. The song is utterly gorgeous.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Ruth. He/She did not stand out very well in the photo so it took some searching to find the wee bird. The fantail appears in the later afternoon here most days so I will try again today when I hear the cheerful peeping.

  4. Juliet

    I clicked on the picture and then got a good look. How clever of you to catch this bird on camera. It is so hard to see, let alone photograph. And is that a nest I see, just across to the right?

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I was thrilled to get any sort of photo of this elusive bird. Enlarging the photo did help locate this tiny bird. At only 11cm in length there is not much to capture without specialised camera equipment. What appears to be a nest to the right is a piece of dried “smoke” from the nearby Smoke Bush, see this link for more about that delightful bush. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotinus_coggygria

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