At this time of year the red-browed finches like to come and harvest grain from the native grasses at the front of my place.
The grass here is locally native species, mainly redleg grass that I planted, with some larger tussocks of silky bluegrass that have self-seeded among it coming from a couple of tussocks in the shrubbery behind.
Here the finches are sitting in the bluegrass clumps, but often they jump on a less rigid culm (seed bearing stem) of redleg grass and ride it down to the ground to pick the seeds off it, bobbing up and down like a demented automated toy. Endless fun to watch.
- Red-browed finch Neochmia temporalis
- Redleg grass Bothriochloa macra
- Silky bluegrass Dichanthium sericeum