Painted Finches. Col Roberts again shares his magic !

17 Jul
A painted finch. Photo Col Roberts

A painted finch. Photo Col Roberts

A painted finch having a good stretch ! Photo Col Roberts

A painted finch having a good old stretch ! Photo Col Roberts

Painted finches are quite often seen on rocky outcrops in western and central Australia. Photo Col Roberts

Painted finches are quite often seen on rocky outcrops in western and central Australia. Photo Col Roberts

A pair of painted finches. Cock bird left. Hen bird right. Photo Col Roberts

A pair of painted finches. Cock bird left. Hen bird right. Photo Col Roberts

Painted finches often enjoy rocky areas that are covered in Spinifix grass. Photo Col Roberts

Painted finches often enjoy rocky areas that are covered in Spinifix grass. Photo Col Roberts

 Col Roberts, from Perth in Western Australia, has once again shared his incredible photography with our RFCG supporters and followers. Always looking for the perfect finch pic Col never fails to disappoint us .

The Master at Work. Col Roberts from Perth Australia Photo Eelco Meyjes

Painted Finches, in essence, are desert birds that can be found in the Western and Central parts of Australia. This is what the authoritative book on Grassfinches of Australia by Joseph M Forshaw and Mark Shephard says about the species. ” Of the Australian grassfinches, the painted finch is the species most closely associated with the arid interior, where it typically frequents rocky outcrops with a groundcover of Spinifix in the vicinity of  surface water, preferably permanent rockpools at the bottom of steep gorges in stony ranges…Painted finches are normally encountered in pairs or small flocks, but are rarely seen singly or occasionally in large flocks “.

Col Roberts is an honorary member of the Rare Finch Conservation Group and we thank him for supporting the group with his brilliant work. Visit our 14 June 2014 and 27 Feb 2014 blogs for more examples of Col’s stunning finch photography

The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and is dependant on donors and sponsors to carry out its conservation work on finches in the wild. For more info visit http://www.rarefinch.org or write to the secretary at editor@avitalk.co.za

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