Monday, April 30, 2012

White-browed Fantail - Yala Sri Lanka

A photograph of a White-browed Fantail taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola) - Yala, Sri Lanka

The White-browed Fantail, also called the White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, is a common fantail found in the lowlands and the mid-hills of Sri Lanka. I saw this species in Yala, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Arugam Bay in July. However, I only photographed it in Yala.

More photographs inside.
A photograph of a White-browed Fantail taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola) - Yala, Sri Lanka

Measuring in at 18cm in length the fantail is a little larger than a house sparrow. Apart from its plumage, it's loud whistling song, the constant twitching of its tail and the regular opening and closing of its wings make this species unmistakable. It's nest is shaped like a cup and is made out of plant matter bound together with spider webs. A clutch consists of 2 or 3 cream coloured eggs with dark brown spots. The duties of building the nest, incubation and feeding the young are shared by both sexes.

A photograph of a White-browed Fantail taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola) - Yala, Sri Lanka

All the photographs on in this post were taken with the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. I pushed the ISO up a bit in order to use a faster shutter speed. No tripod was required.


 
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