Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Pam K - this one's for you.

Or for anyone really - whoever is interested in Australian native birds. Gouldian Finches are on the endangered species list in the wild, for the usual reason of habitat destruction. However, they are probably in no immediate danger of extinction, as they are a very popular bird in aviculture, although a bit harder to breed in captivity than most other native birds. Ken had a go at breeding them once, but was unsuccessful, as he was only beginning to breed native species in his aviaries, and the finches need specific conditions for continued success.

So these photos are from books, not from my own photos of birds in the wild. There are several subspecies of Gouldian Finches, two of the most common being the red faced and the black faced pictured here. These pictures don't do justice to the reality - these little birds are visually stunning. They look as though someone has meticulously painted them in vivid oil colours, which is why they are so sought after by bird collectors around the world.


Blogger Pam Kellogg said...

Oh Gina, these little birdies are really something! They look like they were airbrushed! My goodness, one of these days, I'll have to do some of these little jewels in x stitch and maybe on a crazy quilt too! Thank you Gina!

Sunday, 02 October, 2005  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Pam, I hoped you would notice these photos! Well guess what, I have stitched a picture of these finches - in long stitch, which is not my favorite medium, so for that reason I have never got around to having it framed. The other reason is because after I finished the birds, I started stitching a background of plain white (there were no instructions given for the background), and I wasn't happy with the result, so I just turfed it in the cupboard until I decided what to do. I wonder if you would care to give me some of your expert advice? If I scanned it and put a piccie on here, perhaps you could see what it needed to finish it off, as I just can't seem to get it right.

Sunday, 02 October, 2005  

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