Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leaucophrys) obviously knows what the colonists chose to ignore: wagtails wag and fantails fan. They just don't do it as often as the other fantails. This bird today in Tyto shows the full tail while standing on a felled Tulip Tree much in favour as a launch platform for hungry kingfishers and bathing honeyeaters.
Another thing Willies don't do often is fly about clutching big green katydids. Fruitlessly chased after a bird yesterday carrying a huge catch in its bill. Surprisingly, the bird - between short flights away from me - speedily devoured the Leafy Katydid (Paracaedicia serrata).
Surprising, because Willies often take minutes to strip the wings off small dragon flies. To despatch a bulky insect of more than 40mm in short order would suggest the wings are considered edible, or they're easily detached. I didn't see anything discarded, but was struggling to keep up.
Thinking back (not always the most reliable source of information), I can't recall seeing big katydids taken by birds smaller than cuckoo-shrikes and orioles. Which, of course, means little to all the birds everywhere enjoying fat tasty katydids, and is no consolation to the katydids.
Talking of chasing birds, today brought a series of effortless floating flights from a Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) and clumsy stumbling after by me. The nightjar rose from a relatively open area of shaded guava scrub, uplifted to leaf litter, fallen logs, more litter, tree buttress, shaded litter, and on to open ground, before vanishing into more guava. Given the nightjar's (aka Axe Bird) evening calls of 'chop-chop' 'chop-chop' (often for hours) it's fitting the sightings came in an area being replanted after felling of weed trees. Good fun, and a poor picture.