27 comments on “Birding Blessings and Highlights 2016

    • Thanks Donna, I return to you the same blessing and pray you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and and great birding in the coming year. I will be looking for other employment as my current work terminates for me next month. So praying for God’s guidance and leading in this area of my life. Not sure how this will affect my birding adventures yet. Life is full interesting twists and turns. A friend told me a certain CEO has hanging behind his desk: “There is no such thing as Problems only Challenges”. Richest Blessings:-)

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      • Ashley, you and I do have some challenges before us. I am worried about my injury and how I’ll be able to ‘bird’ too. I pray you’ll find the perfect employment that was the reason the present one ended. Yes, life is full of twists and turns. I’ve been told numerous times recently, “this, too, shall pass”. Let us hope and pray this together. Richest blessings to you too 🙂

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  1. I agree with your sentiments, we must give thanks for our birds and birding friends. It was nice you got the blue-billed duck with the help of followers. I want to know how you get such a perfect angle of view on your subjects. The Red-headed Honeyeater, Regent Honeyeater, Hooded Plover and Eastern Curlew are all so well placed compositionally. I rarely get that low angle. It makes the bird really stand out. If I kneel down, the birds leave. The Regent Honeyeater is a gorgeous photo, the colors of the background and that flower are so beautiful.

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    • Thanks Donna for your kind comments, strange enough I am a tall person and other people have asked the same question as you have, I carry my camera in a nontraditional, no straps, no lens guard and no tripod manner. That is my secret for capturing the moment. I tend to shoot from a distance which makes it much more difficult but brings the bird to my level. I use a a Canon L series 100-400mm lens for most of my work. I likewise am amazed at your flight shots, they are so perfect in detail. Our sun is very intense here and sometimes makes it difficult for me when looking into the sky. I get amazed sometimes of the colour balances with background, sometimes this is the advantage of having short depth of field on full extension, which often spoils some my photos, but enhances others. My favorite all times balanced photo, which artists have commented on is not a bird but an Eastern Water Dragon. I have sold prints of it at art shows. You can see it on my SpecialStuff page: https://aussiebirder.com/specialstuff/
      I will put it there for you. Yes the Blue-bill was a great find, but not an easy bird to photograph or get near enough to photograph, even my pics are from great distance and early morning light. Thanks again Donna for sharing your interest, it is greatly appreciated.

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      • The water dragon is a beautiful capture. I can see why it sold. Again, you have it from a low angle. It makes the image so appealing. Thanks for all the details on how you photograph wildlife and birds. I am always amazed at you images and videos. There is such a wealth of wildlife there and you have the talent to capture it so well.

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    • Thanks Kathy for joining us on our birding adventures, it has been a delight birding around your home this year. It is such a delight that you have so many lovely birds visit your bird restaurant each day.

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  2. Thank you for a special birding year. i enjoy your stunning pictures and good quotes. Your pictures is a blessing specially for some of us that don’t always get the chance to go out there. ourselves. May you and your wife have a Blessed Christmas and may God keep you safe in the new year.

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    • Thanks so much Hennie, it is lovely to know there are people in the background following my post who do not leave regular comment. We are delighted that you enjoy our posts, and my wife and I wish you a very Blessed and enjoyable Christmas celebration also, taking you and yours into a bright and exciting New Year.

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  3. Thanks for the recap. Sometimes in the rush and tumble of getting to the next bird, its hard to appreciate what we have already seen.
    We’ve been pretty excited by the young Black-shouldered Kites we’ve had the absolute priveledge to be gifted with the past few weeks. I’ve been going to write a note on the blog about the wonderful markings of the young in their ginger/brown and grey. Not a combination that most of us as artists would immediately choose—yet, each feather is so delicately marked by the hand of a Great Artist. It’s hard not to be awe inspired.
    Thanks for the fine quote on the first bird calling expecting the sunlight. One of those surely is the Eastern Yellow Robin. Several times while setting up in the near darkness, we’ve heard them as the Overture to the dawn chorous.
    May 2017 bring the most awesome birds to your lens.

    DJ

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    • Thanks David for your warm comments, it has been a delight to read your posts this year also, and yes your Black-shoulded Kite family are a real bonus for the year. May your new year be an exciting adventure of discovery also, of new birding vistas and new and interesting species. I never cease to awe at the artistry of the Great Artist, and the amazing interdependence of all creatures and living things for life and well being.

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  4. What a beautiful birding year you guys had! One gift more beautiful than the next! I really enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous birds again 🙏 I also feel bad when people ignore signs that are there to protect the birds. Latest yesterday I again saw someone fishing at the salt marsh right next to the no fishing sign. I always go to talk to these people…and here they actually get fined by the park rangers if they are caught. So sad when people don’t respect nature.

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    • Thanks Tiny for your faithful friendship throughout the year, I have enjoyed reading your posts and following the salt marsh community. I love your gift of story telling. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments, they are appreciated my friend. I wish you and Dylon a very enjoyable and restful Christmas time.

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  5. A great recap of your year in birding, Ashley. I have really enjoyed your posts and look forward to more next year. And I have to agree with you, that it is very annoying and upsetting, that there are people out there who deliberately ignore laws and create havoc, and sometimes even destruction, of our wildlife and environment, and the rule makers either do not, or are unable to, follow up a lot of these incidents. Fraser Island is a classic example.

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    • Thanks Sue for your faithful following of my blog this year, and for your kind comments. I have enjoyed your many backyard wildlife creatures and the interesting subjects you shared. Yes, I understand what you mean about Frazer Island it is being destroyed by the hundreds of 4 x 4 vehicles, not to mention those who who feed the Dingoes, placing the lives of others in danger.

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