A little information about us:

A little information about us:

Me (Bill Hanes) and my wife (Holly) were born and raised and still currently reside in Southern California’s Inland Empire area. We are both avid surfers and visit the ocean whenever possible. The ocean is my primary subject for my oil paintings. I am currently working on a "California Coast Series" I will also on an occasion paint a fantasy seascape or two but most of my recent work has been realistic seascapes in oil. Please visit my "beachvisions.com" page in the Seascapes section for more information about my oil paintings. kaihanes.jpg

We share our home with our son Kailer, our dogs Zuma and Casey and in excess of 150 Australian finches give or take 50 at any given time. We raise a number of species but our efforts revolve around the Lady Gouldian finch. This beautifully colored bird is on Australia’s endangered species list and it has been said to number less than 2000 in the wild. They exist in the wild in only one place in the entire world and that is the most northern tip of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is interesting to see maps of their existence and compare it to a map of the origin of the didgeridoo. It is almost identical. Please visit my "Pacific Aviaries" page for more information about our Australian finches.

I originally began to play didgeridoos as an experiment with my Gouldians. After discovering they both originate in the same geographic location. Gouldian finches hold tight to their heritage and will still breed during their wild counter parts breeding season. Most domesticated birds will adapt to their new climate and breed in the spring and summer. Gouldians will breed in our winter, which is Australia’s spring and summer. I began to play didgeridoos to try to spark their breeding season and for nothing else entertainment. Interesting enough they do recognize the sound and oddly enough more so than other species not from that territory. I have written articles to a couple of bird groups and others have found the same results. What started as an experiment with my finches soon turned into a meaningful journey. Like many didge players I started making my own from the very start out of pvc and such. Although my building methods have evolved I have never stopped. Please visit my didgeridoo pages for more information. Thanks for viewing our sites, please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information. Bill & Holly

 

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