Double-barred Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii.

The only Double-barred Finch I saw at Oxley Creek Commons on this visit. Previous visits have featured large flocks of these birds, but this time round only a single one was spotted.

Video here:

View all photos taken: Sunday, 14th March 2010, This photo: 8:00am


  • faucon de l'amour said:
    Beautiful !
  • looby88 said:
    Lol, I like all the seeds stuck to its beak !!
    good video too, thanks : )
  • SkattyKat said:
    lovely clear capture Dave,
    Sweet video as well
  • James Lagden said:
    The others must have been hiding! Nice shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, they're a pretty little thing.
    Very messy eaters ;-)
    I need a way of starting the video without shaking the camera, the wobble at the start is annoying.
    Massive crop Kath, but still sharp so I'm happy :)
    Or flown the coup ;-)
  • kth_friend said:
    lovely crisp details in this shot.. such a cute looking fella
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  • Thea M said:
    abulous shot, Dave. The video was lovely too.
  • Enchyleana said:
    Beautifully posed, great detail. The 5D11 and 400 zoom is a great combination. I take all my shots at 1000 ISO so I can increase shutter speed or DOF: to me there is no loss of quality.
  • Greggggie said:
    Fantastic closeup, hard to get these guys to stay still
  • cheryl's roving pic's said:
    Beautiful close up with such lovely detail.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) They're great little birds to sit and watch for a while.
    Thanks Thea. It's funny, when video was announced on dSLRs I thought it was a gimmick, but it's sure been useful for these little nature videos.
    I find in good light, I rarely need to go over iso400, but have gone all the way to 3200 to get the shot in lower light areas. Still very usable too.
    That's for sure, they're usually quite busy.
    Thanks :)
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    They are lovely birds. There don't seem to be as many of them around as there used to be. Such a shame
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  • David de Groot said:
    Hopefully it's just a seasonal fluctuation and not an actual declining in numbers.
  • skadooba79 said:
    Lovely shot with the mouth full of seed.
    They was a healthy mob hanging around the carpark late on saturday afternoon(being watched by a Butcherbird) and there were a few at Pelican Island on Sunday morning. They must have known they were being hunted. So you can rest assured the little ones are still there. :o)
  • Cobra_11 said:
    What a lovely bird!
  • vonaviza said:
    Cool! Clearly!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's good to hear anyway. Heaps of Red-backed Fairy-wrens on Sunday morning, and GH Cistacolas too.
    They are, aren't they ?
  • golmuso said:
    great spot here dave...i only wish we got them down here! saw a few on my recent trip around aus, but not as many as when i was younger unfortunatly. lets hope these guys are plentyful for years to come
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed, saw a few more at another location today, I think they're just being shy with the variable weather around here.