Fishing Finches

Red-browed Finch fishing

Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis), like all native Australian finches, belong to the family of Grass-finches (Estrilidiae) and feed mainly on seeds.

They do like animal protein, though, and  sometimes gorge themselves on swarming termites.

When we get enough summer rain to saturate the forest grounds, Orange-thighed Treefrogs and Dainty Green Treefrogs lay their eggs in temporary shallow pools and rivulets, a fact that does not escape the finches.

They can be observed hunting like miniature herons for tadpoles and small invertebrates:

 

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