Category Archives: Finch

Goldfinch near Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Departing from the usual locations described in this blog, I’m not in Sydney today. I’m travelling in New Zealand, and saw a beautiful little Goldfinch on a thistle bush. Neither the finch nor the thistle is native to New Zealand, but they make a very pretty picture. The bird plucks the seeds from the flowerhead, and a shimmering cloud of silver threads drifts around its beak.

A still image of the same bird – click the image to expand it in your browser:


Common name: European Goldfinch

Scientific name: Passeriformes fringillidae

Approximate length: 12 cm

Date spotted: 7 December 2016

Season: Summer

Location: Cathedral Cove car park, Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, North Island, New Zealand

Latitude/longitude: 36°49’59.0″S 175°48’00.7″E


Red-browed Finch

This little finch is looking very spiffy. I guess he’s donned is brightest feathers for the spring socials.

Here’s a still shot, grabbed from the video:

Red-Browed Finch

Common name: Red-browed Finch

Scientific name: Neochmia temporalis

Approximate length: 12 cm

Date spotted: 27 September 2014

Season: Spring

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’35.4″S 151°15’13.0″E