Painted Fire Tail Finch

Submitted: Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 22:55
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Hi again everyone,
Enquired about Gouldian Finches earlier and got some great spots to checkout.
Now would like to know of any places where the Painted Finches had been seen in the last couple of years. The brother and I are heading over to the NT and WA area from Katherine to Broom, and along the Gibb River road up to Kalumburu area next year. Would like to see them in the wild and try and get a couple of photos of them. Thanks to anyone who can help us in this area.

Regards Ray.

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Reply By: Member - Jim B8 - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 06:34

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 06:34
They are seen all year round at Karratha
All the dirt roads inland from the coast, especially water holes, just sit and wait. I have thousands of firetail photos from there. Dry country is the most productive for bird photos, just find water and wait till late in the day. Stay away from creeks, bores are better (just one watering point). There are many points like this within 20 klm of Karratha. Have a look at the early work on-
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search for Jim Bendon

Good luck
Jim
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 19:14

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 19:14
Hi Jim,

Thanks for the info on the Painted Finch. For the up coming trip it's a bit south of out intended trip. We'll only go south as far as Broom, than head east up the Gibb River road. Will print your reply out and put it in a folder for a trip over that way later on.

Thanks again Ray.

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 21:00

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 21:00
Hi Jim.

Just chk'd out your Flickr pages. Fabulous images; esp. your BIF.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers.
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Reply By: wendys - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 20:30

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 20:30
Have seen them at Mornington camp area, off the Gibb River Rd
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 23:36

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 23:36
Hi Wendy

Intending to go to Mornington camp area for a couple of day and see whats there.

Thanks heaps Ray.

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Reply By: travlinon - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 22:40

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 22:40

Took this photo a couple of weeks ago a fair bit south of where you intend to go but there was a good colony of these and zebra finches. Located south of Mt ROBINSON between Karajini and Newman. Your post prompted me to see what bird it was that I had taken a photo of - now I know.
Ken
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond J - Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 23:43

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 at 23:43
Hi Ken.

Great photo, I used to breed a fair amount of the finches in large planted aviaries, about 20 odd years ago. As you said it is a bit south of where we're going, but will keep the reference to the site.

Thanks Ray.

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