Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Finches to the fore

Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis) dwell doubly in the shade in Tyto: overshadowed somewhat by Crimsons, and preferring under-tree areas to sunlit grasses.

Both species enjoy sheltered margins of drying creek pools. Red-browed likes getting down to the muddy bits. And all too often behind some twig.

Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) spends more time surveying things below. Little wonder Crimsons feature more often.

And, mopping up the finches, here's a Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) feeding on seeds from grasses dying off in middle of dirt road.


mick said...

All beautiful! But I especially like the seed in the beak of the Double-barred Finch.

Gouldiae said...

Love the finches Tony.
Double-bars have an apt alternative name - 'Owl-finch'. Very sweet little birds.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick: Me too. I stood for a long time trying for pix of birds eating in better light.

So true, Gouldiae.

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