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New Zealand has a number of bird species that have been recently introduced. Some like the tauhou or silvereye, made the crossing from Australia recently and succeeded in establishing a population here.

Others were deliberately introduced by early European settlers. One of these is the Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. This is widely distributed in New Zealand, but can be difficult to spot.

I took some photos of a male Chaffinch on Monday. It is the more colourful than the female, with its distinctive blue-gray hood and russet-toned saddle.


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These were handheld shots, using my a700 and the 300/4G with a 1.4x teleconverter