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Aghhh!!..Iced Seed... I Guess It's Better Than None!! - Green finches snow by AndreaEL
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Although less than 100 greenfinch were introduced from Europe between 1862-68 they are now common throughout New Zealand in farmland shelterbelts, the edges of pine plantations and native bush and scrub fringes, orchards and large gardens. In autumn and winter they often form large flocks. This olive green finch has a pale heavy bill and prominent yellow on the sides of the tail and the edges of the closed wing. The brightest coloured males olive green males have a conspicuous yellow eyebrow and yellowish belly. The females are a browner dull olive green. In the breeding season the male’s call is a repeated harsh drawn out “dzwee” (like a long tailed cuckoo call). Other common calls are a pleasant twittering “chichichichichit-teu, teu, teu, teu” and a rising “tsooeet”. Greenfinch feed mainly on seeds (maize, cereals, oilseed, rape, brassicas, linseed, sunflowers, peas, hops, redroot, chickweed, storksbill, thistles and pine) supplemented with fruit buds and a few invertebrates. Two Male green finches and a female feeding on seed that has been covered in snow.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand July 2011

Aghhh!!..Iced Seed… I Guess It’s Better Than None!!

Relaxed Green Finch

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
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • hjaynefoster
    hjaynefosterover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture…

  • Many thanks for your lovely inspiring comment, always much appreciated Jayne

    – AndreaEL

  • tinhearts
    tinheartsover 3 years ago

    Oh they are so precious! I just love birds as they are so sweet!
    Awesome capture Andrea!
    xox

  • Birds are a treat…Many thanks for your lovely inspiring comment, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Great capture and title Andrea .. I love the finches :)

  • Many thanks for your lovely inspiring comment, always much appreciated Susie

    – AndreaEL

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™over 3 years ago

    Oh poor darlings! Wonderful capture Andrea :)xox

  • Many thanks for your lovely inspiring comment, always much appreciated Chris. They seem to have come through it fine, was a sunny day today.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – AndreaEL

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Andrea,love these birds,that’s great you have them over there.

  • Your support and lovely comments are very much appreciated, thank you Margaret

    – AndreaEL

  • John Absher
    John Absherover 3 years ago

    Great colors. Really like the contrast of both the birds and the green background with the snow. Nice Shot!!

  • Your support and lovely comments are very much appreciated, thank you John

    – AndreaEL

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture my friend. I wish someone would introduce these little beauties to North America. Sounds like in addition to their beauty, their song is beautiful also. Excellent shot and an instant fav. Kathy :)

  • Your support and lovely comments are very much appreciated, thank you Kathy

    – AndreaEL

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Andrea

  • Your support and lovely comments are very much appreciated, thank you Peaky

    – AndreaEL

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