18 comments on “When Your ‘Walking-Friends’ become Your ‘Birding-Friends’

    • Thanks Desert Angler for following my blog, I am delighted that you enjoy it. I see you are into books and the interactive nature of children’s books. My recent book release was geared at 8 to 12 year olds, but has become a book for all ages and has sold so well, and continues to expand its market as people discover it. Hope you do well with your masters project.

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  1. Your spring is so lovely, I am missing all the spring birds myself. I stopped back because I went with a group of birders today and we got skunked, no ducks. They get excited over gulls, but not me. Unfortunately for them, there was not one odd or desired gull in the bunch today.

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    • That’s funny Donna, its like some of the people we walk with, like yourself, we are looking for the new and unusual bird sightings. Gulls can be boring here also unless they a species that are out of their usual territory. This has been happening here with many bird species in the last few years due to warmer weather. We are seeing birds migrating and moving further out of their usual places of habitat.

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  2. The ducklings are so cute, no wonder they attract attention from visitors 🙂 I also liked the Golden Whistler and its ‘song’ and the tiny Fairy-wren couple was also a special treat! I have lots of respect for your ability to get pictures and videos of birds hiding high up in the leafy trees. For me it is almost impossible to get a clear line of sight, particularly when most of them move fast from branch to branch. And I had never seen an Echidna! Great post, Ashley.

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    • Thanks Tiny for sharing your warm appreciation of my efforts, it is encouraging. It is a challenge at times, and as I have frequently shared with birders my aim is not to get a perfect photo, but to capture something of the character of the bird and learn from it. The Echidna was a bonus gift for sure. Have a great thanksgiving my friend:-)

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  3. That photo with your friend having is binoculars in their case is cute. I agree, walking friends do become real friends as do blogging friends. I have met a few in real life that are friends to this day. Monday i meet another and I suspect it will become a life long friendship. the Eastern Short Nosed Echidna is one I never saw. I liked the movie to see it moving too. Love all your bird photos.

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    • Thanks Donna, It is wonderful the friends we make through birding, and from just meeting people on the track, we meet so many and often spend 20 minutes to an hour talking and walking, and sometimes these become friends we go away on weekends with or do regular walks with.Glad you enjoyed the Echidna, it was a great find, they are not east to spot in the bush, I still can not get over the fact that my friend spotted it so deep in the bush.

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  4. What a treat to catch a glimpse of the baby spinebills! Love the footage of the echidna too, a very interesting and unique animal. I’ve seen them a few times in the bush (and once on my veranda!!) and they can be hard to spot if they’re not moving.Thanks for sharing Ashley. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes the young Spinebills were a highlight of the walk, and especially the way the parent was protecting them. The other one was the Echidna, It continues to amaze me how my friend saw it from the track so deep in the bush. I had to wait in prickly scrub several minutes until the Echidna thought it safe to emerge and walk away, but it was worth it.

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  5. HI AB, Pretty awesome day out I’d have said. Certainly the Golden Whistler would be a highlgtht and those delightful Vairgated Fairywrens.
    Sometimes it nice to be able to spend a few solitary hours in the bush. But its also a special time when its shared with friends and the bond grows deeper.

    Enjoy the moment.

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    • Thanks David, that is so true, we had a a lovely peaceful stroll and good conversation the whole walk. There is no better way I think to spend time with friends. The whistlers were amazing, they just continuously were at it all the time we were there, you could hear them from quite some distance away.Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Not sure which I like best, but your two videos just add to it. That Echidna looks like a pine cone when he is just staying still. Great camouflage from the Lord.

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