12 comments on “Spring – Exploring the Family Experience

  1. This is one of my absolute favorites among all your wonderful posts! I just love the videos of these families with their young. You have so many species of “hens”, while we have only one type of moorhen here at our marsh. Their babies look so similar 🙂 Thanks for a wonderful post, Ashley.

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    • Thanks so much Tiny, I always love sharing my spring water babies each year. I did not see as many as last year, but I found enough. Yes, we appear to have many similar kinds of birds having several different species. Many bird bloggers from Europe, UK and USA have commented also. Britain has one robin and we have 17 kinds, for example. That’s one reason why our Australian birding experience is so good, though similar to most heavy populated areas, that have had European settlement for more than 200 years, we are seeing rapid depletion of species due to habitat destruction and introduction of predators, such as domestic cats and foxes.

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  2. Love all your videos Ashley, all those ducklings make you feel good watching them. Interesting to see pictures of chicks of the dusky moorhen and eurasian coot, I’ve never seen what they look like before. They’re quite cute, but aren’t all baby birds! 🙂

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  3. Like your ducks, but love your little charmer. Isn’t it great when you finally “get” those little Rascals?
    Thanks again for sharing that special catch, wiggles and all. When I am zoomed it is hard to hold it steady, but the capture is so special I HAVE TO SHARE. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    • Thanks Lee, it is a great delight to finally catch the tricky little rascals, especially on video, as they keep well away from humans. Like yourself, iy is difficult with heavy glass and steel lens to steady it at full extension. Thanks for your encouraging comments.

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  4. Hallo aussiebirder
    Thanks for the gorgeous photos. I’ll keep my eye out for an Australian Reed-Warbler, now that I know how cute they are. I love the video of one chirping in the early-morning sun. What a huge noise for such a little thing.
    Cheers
    Sarah

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    • Thanks Sarah for your warm welcome comment. Yes, the Reed-Warblers are amazing little bird, makes a lot of noise for its size. Hope you continue to enjoy my weekly posts. Enjoy your week!

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    • Thanks Donna, my narration is always on the fly, and does get a little disjointed as I concentrate on keeping my heavy glass and steel lens motionless. It is always a challenge doing video with my DSLR when the L series 100-400 Canon is attached. It is even worse when the you are at full extension as you would know, even with shake correction mechanisms.

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  5. I am so happy for you on your great captures & videos of the Australian Reed-Warbler! It is always exciting to finally succeed on one that we hope for. Just love seeing all the babies, something about a little ball of feathers, so cute & sweet. Also love your message on the importance of family. We cannot ‘be’ without them. 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, as always, for your warm encouraging comments. Yes, the elusive bird becomes all that more a prize when we finally have our moment of capture. I love my Spring Babies each year I present different ones, and there are more to come as Summer comes. Thanks also for your appreciative comment on family, so important, and I am thankful that my book has been such a help to many young and old, and is gradually becoming known over here in Australia. I am pleased that I have been able to leave this legacy to my grandchildren.

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