Thursday, July 16, 2009

Crimson (Finch) tide to wane

Crimson Finches (Neochmia phaeton) are prominent all over open Tyto areas, coinciding with the departure of almost all the Nutmeg and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. Here's my last tribute for the time being to the striking Crimsons.

From now on I'll be seeking better pictures of the less obliging Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis).


Snail said...

Those are king crimsons!

They look as thought they are rather more liad back and less fidgetty than the red-brows.

altered egos said...

red is always good to see

mick said...

That one with the crimson covering its front is just beautiful. I am only starting to learn all the bush birds and your posts always send me back to my bird books to see if there is any chance that I can find the same birds down my way. Not this time I see :-(

Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
Nice shots. Love the finches. We only have 3 or 4 species down here, and except for the Red-browed, they're all pretty scarce.

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing (with some envy I admit) both Red-browed and Crimson Finches when we visited Tyto last year. They're wonderful little birds to watch and I love looking at your photos Tony.
We're gradually improving/diversifying the habitat around our ponds to try and encourage finch visitation. So far we have only recorded Chestnut-breasted and Nutmeg Mannikin but I live in hope.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks all. As ae says, always good to see (nature's) red. No luck with Red-brows today (Fri).

Denis Walls said...

Hi Tony and hi Barbara. This is Denis from Cairns. We met just before Xmas Tony at the Tyto Wetlands and it has taken until now for me to look up your site. It's excellent. I was reminded by spending last night at Kingfisher Park in Julatten and looking at Keith Fisher's blog.

I have an article in yesterday's Cairns Post in a column called Soapbox. Go to for a read. It is promoting a Cairns Wetlands Park at East Trinity on the other side of Trinity Inlet. Make a comment on the blog if you like the sound of the idea.

Cheers, Denis Walls

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