One of the most enjoyable parts of my trip to Denmark was seeing a red-eared firetail. That’s partly because they’re so pretty, but also because I’d never heard of one before. They’re quite unusual, but I saw a pair come through the woodland most days that I was there.
Isn’t he beautiful? Fortunately, a neighbour put out a bird bath which they liked to visit which made them much easier to see. They weren’t particularly shy, and would come reasonably close as long as I stood absolutely still.
Here he is again but with his partner. It’s a type of finch so they have the finch family beak that’s ideal for eating seeds. Several times I watched them feeding on the dried seed heads of the plants in the woodland, but I’ve no idea what the plants were called.
They’re only found in the far southwest of WA, so if you want to see one you’ll have to visit a fairly specific area. There are two other types of firetail who are found over in the south east, so hopefully I’ll get to see them too at in the future.