Sunday, 11 October 2009

Finches in the house

Was working in my studio this afternoon, when I spotted a pair of House Finches playing on my driveway. By the time I whipped out my camera and opened the window, they suspected they were up for a photo session, and had positioned themselves perfectly on some trees even closer.


tonyf on 12 October, 2009 08:27 said...

nice capture . what was the lens

nic on 12 October, 2009 08:41 said...

thanks Tony.
Was the 100-400 at 400 6.3 1/1600

Nigel said...

Proof Dunedin has more gingers than any other city in the World.

Stretch on 12 October, 2009 09:20 said...


The redpoll (Carduelis flammea), the smallest of the introduced finches, is native to Europe, Asia and North America. It is now common in the South Island and lower North Island from sea level to the subalpine zone, preferring drier and higher country. In winter they gather in flocks.

The redpoll is the smallest of the finches, weighing just 12 grams and measuring about 12 centimetres. They have a streaky brown body with a red forehead, and the male has a bright crimson chest in breeding season.

Redpolls eat weeds, grass seeds and insects. They sometimes harm peach and apricot crops by destroying flower buds.

Redpolls usually nest in low bushes, laying around four bluish-green eggs with brown speckles.


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