Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Finches splash the red about

Plenty of Crimson Finches (Neochmia phaeton) young and old adding their range of reds to the wetlands greenery these days.

The full range of colour splashed about the place much determined by sunshine. However nothing makes most birds shine more than highlights in the eye. It's tempting (and easy) to add same. I have resisted all temptation - in this post!

Immature bird caught today. No glint in the eye for plain youngster.

And a little more red. This Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) brought glint to my eye. Closest I've come lately to satisfying shot of species. Pity morning glare and shadow proved too much to fix.

Caught these Red-backed Fairy-wrens (Malurus melanocephalus) preening yesterday. Eye problems here: female mostly kept nictitating membrane up as male preened her; his eye, as always with species, lost against black plumage.


Naturedigital said...

Hello Tony.. Just found your blog and i m glad I did.
I love these beautiful colorfull pictures of yours..... Wish I had the chance to see those beautiful birds..
I would love to follow your blog and see any updates you post.. but i dont see how to do it.....
My blog is
I would be delighted if you visit..
have a nice day
Costas.. from greece..

Mark Young said...

Those finches look great. I really enjoyed seeing the Red-backed Wrens when I was in QLD last year. They are a great little bird.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Costas: Glad you liked my birds. Not sure why you can't follow me. Is it something at your end?

Gidday Mark: Just wish I cou8ld luck onto wrens under perfect lighting .. . and up really close!

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