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I found this beautiful bird with his flame coloured plumage in the Dunedin botanical gardens, I think it may be a Red Siskin, but I could be wrong…..
This little bird reminded me of a song we recorded a few years ago Light My Fire

Music New Zealand music written, produced and vocals Keith & Andrea recorded in Auckland

The Red Siskin, Carduelis cucullata, is a small passerine bird. This finch is a resident breeding bird in tropical South America in northern Colombia and northern Venezuela (where it’s called “cardenalito”). The Red Siskin is found in open country, forest edges and grassland with trees or shrubs. The female is believed to lay 3 greenish white eggs in a grassy cup nest in a tree. Red Siskins eat seeds, and are highly gregarious. When they were more numerous they formed semi-nomadic flocks. The downfall of this siskin has been massive illegal trapping for the cage bird trade. This is an attractive finch with a pleasant song, and its unique coloration for a small finch (most are predominantly yellow) has led to it being used for interbreeding with domesticated Canaries to produce varieties with red in the plumage.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Dunedin Otago Southland New Zealand July 2011
Featured 14th July 2011

You Light My Fire

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 3 years ago

    Andrea I don;t know what this bird is but you have captured its beauty is such glorious detil! Fabulous work! Love it!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Robin

    – AndreaEL

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 3 years ago

    nice birdie Andrea, I never saw this guy at home in the north !

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Jenny

    – AndreaEL

  • M-A-K
    M-A-Kabout 3 years ago

    Such a sweet capture ,beautiful bird ,very nice shot Andrea :) ..cute one !

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 3 years ago

    Haha I meant captured its beauty in such glorious detail! My fingers aren’t working so good today

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous little bird with stunning colours ~ great capture Andrea :)

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Susie

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Miesner
    Robert Miesnerabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Capture Andrea! Gorgeous Bird!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Robert

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Wow what a little beauty Andrea, great capture and title too!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Tina

    – AndreaEL

  • rasim1
    rasim1about 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot.

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Rasim

    – AndreaEL

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasabout 3 years ago

    Lovely Andrea!!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

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