Owner operator Neil Hermes shares wonderful stories on the reemergence of Gouldian finches, new yorker arrested over bird feeders, and how birds make a bird’s nest. Visit neilhermes.com.au to book tours and trips in Canberra and other destinations in Australia.
Welcome to another episode of The Weekly Bird Wrap by Neil Hermes where I recap some of the most amazing stories and facts about birds across the nation and from all over the world! 🌍
The Reemergence of Gouldian Finches
Considered one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Gouldian finch is prized for its gorgeous plumage. It has a bright green back, yellow belly, and purple breast with black facial markings. Adult males have bright purple breast feathers, while adult females’ are dull purple. The young finches look completely different from the adults: they are a greenish gray.
Gouldian finches were once found in large numbers across northern Australia, spanning the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and Queensland regions.
This year 2022, these beautiful birds have been recently recorded in flocks of up to 200 in tropical north Queensland, where previously only a few individuals had been reported since last century. Note: It’s still endangered.
The reason for the recent resurface of the Gouldian finches are unclear but recent reports said that it might be due to a drop in the number of known predator of Gouldian finches.
New Yorker Man Arrested Over Bird Feeders
A 71-year-old New York state man was arrested for having too many feeder trays on his property.
Apparently, it is because of a village ordinance that states residents can have a maximum of two bird feeders and that they must be at least five feet tall.
The reason for such an ordinance? Watch the full video to learn more.
How Birds Make Bird’s Nest
There is a lot more to building a bird’s nest than it appears at first glance.
How do birds, with only beaks as tools, turn these basic components into nests secure enough to take a growing family of nestlings, vying for their parents’ attentions and stretching their wings?
Watch the full video to learn more.
Albatross Watching from Jervis Bay Tour
Loved my bird tour content? Well, Nothing beats being there on the spot, watching the birds!
Meet nature’s most extraordinary seabirds up close – Welcome to the Albatross Watching from Jervis Bay Tour by Neil Hermes.
The waters off the south coast are a sea bird-watching paradise in the winter months, especially for many species of albatross. These magnificent birds come close to the coast at this time of the year after their summer breeding on Antarctic islands.
Come & join me for the best viewing opportunities for pelagic birds, whales, turtles, and dolphins.
Book now. Click here to find out more information.