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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Double-Barred Finches




Early one morning I spotted these delightful little Double-Barred Finches in a tall, bushy shrub near our driveway.
They make a quiet, gentle noise and fly between several nearby trees, having a nest in the shrub on which they are perched here. They are even quieter and smaller than the Superb Blue Wrens which I have shared previously.




 Double-Barred Finches are native to northern and eastern Australia and are only 10cm or 4 inches long. You can easily see why they were given their name. They are also known as Owl Finches, again due to their appearance. They usually feed in flocks, eating grass seeds and occasionally insects.




These photos were taken nearly two weeks ago and I have hoped and tried to capture some better photos every day since but without success. These shots aren't perfect but they are still too pretty to remain unseen. It thrills me to hear their soft songs and watch them dart around our suburban backyard.

Sharing at World Bird Wednesday.

28 comments:

The Editrix said...

Some of my favourite visitors to our backyard. They're the cutest things.

Congratulations on getting some good photos - they flit about so much, I imagine it wouldn't have been easy!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love your birds and these are delightful as always! Wonderful captures! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Gillian Olson said...

These are beautiful, fat little fellas. Very interesting markings, thanks for sharing, this is another new bird for me.

mick said...

Great photos of these beautiful little birds. They are not easy to catch sitting still. I especially like the little noise they make.

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Fantastische Fotografien...

Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

geanina said...

great photos! nice day :)

Giga said...

Ptaki w naturze są trudne do zrobienia bardzo dobrych zdjęć. Ptaszki są śliczne i o to chodzi, żeby je pokazać. Pozdrawiam. *** Birds in nature are difficult to do a very good picture. The birds are beautiful and for that matter, to show them. Yours.

Wind-kissed said...

Lovely--have never seen these before, what a treat.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful birds and great photos. What a treat to have these beauties in your yard.

Mark said...

They have been in my backyard as well. They are special birds to me, many years ago on my wedding day there was a very large flock in my yard and I thought it was a special sign with the 'bars' reminding me of 2 wedding rings.
I also tried to snap them but they are always deep in the shrubs. I know they are there however as I hear their little squeaks.

Amanda said...

How beautiful!! What cute little birds!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Jenni C's said...

they are so pretty, love the tiny details...glad you shared them..

Kristi Bowman said...

Beautiful photos of beautiful birds, thanks so much for sharing the WBW site, I love it and will try to join in the fun whenever possible!

Larry said...

These are gorgeous finches. I really need to get to Australia some day!

Gary said...

They're beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ruby said...

These birds are so cute and cuddly!Cheers, Ruby

EG Wow said...

Such cute birds! These finches are quite different from the finches in my neck of the woods!

joo said...

They are so lovely! Haven't seen them before.

Pat said...

Beautiful birds!

Reena Walkling said...

Oh love these little guys!

Filip Demuinck said...

These are certainly beautiful birds.

Greetings,
Filip

Linda R said...

Such cool looking birds. I have never heard of them before.. I just the way they look! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

Hugs, Linda

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Cute:)

Springman said...

Nice captures! It's tough to penetrate the world of sticks and get the pictures you want.
This is a new bird for me and a beauty it is.
Thanks for sharing!

holdingmoments said...

Handsome looking birds. Never seen them before.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice birds to have in your drive trees!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What cool images of equally cool birds!

Liz said...

Lovely images of these little birds. It's often so difficult to capture smaller birds as they flit about so much... well done!

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