14 comments on “The Thrill of Birding – Forrest Gump’s ‘Box of Chocolates’

  1. Such a wonderful post again, Ashley! You got so many great ‘flavors’ from God’s box of chocolates 🙂 Loved to see the Swamp Harrier, and to get an update on the Chestnut Teal chicks ❤ and all the other beautiful birds as well!

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  2. Nice day out.
    Someone once said, “A bad day in the bush is better than a good day in the office” and I reckon that to be true.

    Top work on the Swamp Harrier. They are really amazing birds. I think they have a ‘map’ of the area, and anything out of place on the map, is either good food, or to be avoided.

    Iv’e also heard it said they can spot fleas on a kangaroo at 8 miles. Might be touch of exaaggeration but to see them work a reed bed is to watch an artist at work.

    All good fun.
    David

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    • Thanks David, yes the Swampy was a great find, and I am still discovering more about this raptor, thanks for your additional info. I know raptors have a telescopic eye socket but fleas at 8 miles is really stretching (pulling) the leg more than the eye socket. Thanks for your fun comments they are appreciated.

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  3. Me again, Ashley 🙂 I just ordered your children’s book, I know my grandson is only 5 but I think with his growing interest in birds and my giving & reading it to him, we will thoroughly enjoy your book together. Looking forward to that first reading with him at Christmas! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for buying my book Donna, I will put it in the post the next working day. I have been overwhelmed recently by the feedback on the book and how it has blessed so many people young and old, and just today several new shops and stores have contacted me because they want to stock it, as they have heard how well it sells in other places. I do hope it reaches you by Christmas, it should. It will give some insight into our birds and the pictures will speak for themselves. It is interesting that those who have bought it here on line have all mentioned reading it to their grandchildren, it is such a lovely gesture, especially since I wrote it as a legacy for my own dear grandchildren.

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    • Hi again Donna! Please let me know by tomorrow if you read this message, if you want me to sign your book with a message to grandson, otherwise it will be sent Monday which is your Sunday.

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      • Hi Ashley! Sorry, just seeing your comment. 😦 I would have loved it signed but that is okay. We were babysitting the grandboys this weekend, having a blast while wearing us both out, and my computer never got a chance to get turned on. 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, my wife and I both see that each birding experience is always a new adventure even if it is to our same old favourite parks and reserves, it is very rare thet we don’t get something different and delightful.

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  4. What a great post Ashley. I love it when you included photos of the bar-tailed godwits – they’re one of my favourite birds, too. I especially liked your pics of the harrier in flight, I always have difficulty in finding birds in the sky to take a photo before they’ve moved away. And the last video with the ducklings was so cute!

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes, I love the Var-taileds, and know I can see them every low tide on the river mudflats. The Harrier was certainly a bonus, especially since it was against a blue sky, which makes all the difference when filming raptors in the sky. It is lovely seeing the ducklings develop each time I visit the National Park. Have a great week:-)

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