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Long-tailed finch        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Australia has a wealth of finches; most are small seed-feeders that often have some red coloration.   This is the long-tailed finch, which I think is among the most elegant of Australian finches.  It has a red bill which nicely offsets the gray, tan, black, and white plumage, and the long tail is quite striking.   These were photographed near a small puddle in a dry creekbed in Kakadu Park, Northern Territory.   Also drinking here were crimson, masked, and double-barred finches; the insanely bright Gouldian finch, although increasingly rare, also occurs in this region.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)