19 comments on “Birding in the Misty Mountains – Southern Highlands NSW

  1. What a post, so full of nature’s beauty! Loved the Shelducks and the Rosellas in particular. The Rosella in the tree trunk is such a wonderful shot 🙂 and the collection of wild flowers was impressive! Have a good week.

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    • Thanks Tiny, it was great that we did see some birds that day, and that the weather did n ot stop us altogether as it did last year on my birthday day out. Yes they are beautiful birds and quite brilliant in the sunshine. Enjoy the week

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  2. You really have the prettiest birds on the planet there in Australia. Someday I have to visit your beautiful country. Thank you for the shoutout. Little birds are often hard to focus on, especially in the brush like you have here. Your images are always stellar. I missed the movie this time, but did catch the audio.

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    • Thanks Donna, There are just so many beautiful birds I have not yet seen and hope to in the coming years. I am thankful for the ones I have seen, and love seeing the ones over in your part of the world. Not sure if I will ever get over to your side of the world but your sure welcome over here. I often meet American, British, New Zealand and Canadian birders doing the rounds at the key birding spots. In one national park the cafe girl actually hooks me up with them when she sees me. I met UK, US and Canadian couples in the last 2 months. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Ah, to be in spring again! Beautiful wild flowers and I loved the Black-winged Stilts. They are so elegant. Looks like you had a good birthday outing, thanks for sharing it!

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    • Thanks Laura, yes spring brings its own beauty as does your fall. Thanks for your lovely comment, and yes I agree it is the elegance of the Stilts that I love also, you put the best word to it. I particularly love this bird photographically for reflections when it is wading on river flats at low tide.

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  4. Spring has sprung in Australia! 🙂 And happy belated birthday, Ashley! What a great way to celebrate ‘your’ day, with your sweetheart & nature! All of your photos are wonderful, I just love those Eastern Crimson Rosellas and their flashy colors. The Australian Shelduck is beautiful too with her color pattern. And the stocky Laughing Kookaburra is adorable. You may not have seen what you were hoping for, but you were provided with many other delightful beauties!!

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  5. Great post Ashley! Those juvenile magpies must try their parents’ patience! 🙂 Beautiful photos of the wildflowers and what a spectacular butterfly! Looks like a lovely spot to visit in all types of weather.

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    • Thanks so much Sue, it was amazing how many wildflowers were there, as this place can look quite scrubby and uninteresting in the winter months. The flowers make up for the lack of birds. This is the key spot people come from all over the world in search of the very rare Eastern Ground Parrot, so all the local birders have gone looking for it, but only the rare person actually sees it and even rarer photographs it.

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