21 comments on “A Birds Eye View of the City from the Zoo – Last Post for 2016

  1. I know I commented before from GWGT, but what a group of gorgeous birds! The video of the Noisy Pitta was cute. They are Noisy. I like how this bird looks shiny too. Another favorite is the Regent Honeyeaters. I agree on Christmas and its true meaning, and living in a free world. Yes Jesus is the Savior. I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

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    • Thanks for your comment and welcome affirmation of the Christ in Christmas Donna. It is amazing what one can see in a zoo, and it is sad that some species are so threatened now that this is the only place that one can be sure to see them.We had a wonderful Christmas with most of the kiddies and grandkiddies, it was so good having them all together for the first time at our place. I hope yours was a special time also. Have a wonderful New Year Donna! I

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  2. I enjoy going to the Baltimore Zoo and seeing all the birds that are not common to our country. Your captures are gorgeous, and what a wonderful way to spend your birthday. Happy belated Birthday, Ashley, and wonderful wishes for a beautiful holiday season.

    BTW, I received your book couple days ago, What Birds Teach Us, and I am very anxious to sit with my grandson to read it to him. Thank you so much for such a wonderful book, it will be treasured immensely, my friend! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Donna, I am so very delighted the book reached you in time for Christmas, it is an answer to prayer. I do hope you enjoy reading it to him and sharing the experience with your grandson as I did with mine. Thanks so much for your kind well wishes and warm hearted friendship during the year, your beautiful spirit flows over in your comments. Will you be continuing your American adventure in the new year? Our families are converging on our place today, children and grandchildren, and tomorrow for a first time altogether gathering,except for my son in Perth. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration.

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      • Enjoy each and every moment with your families! That is my plan this holiday season. 🙂

        Alas, we were to depart again for another adventure first of January, but our trip has been put on a temporary (we hope) hold and campground reservations cancelled. I had an accident when we returned home to Maryland/Delaware at Thanksgiving (not my fault) that will possibly require surgery. We’ll be staying around the kids for a few months while I continue PT and the injury calms down enough with the swelling and pain for better assessment. It’s been a frustrating time for us both. 😦 Just trying to keep our chins up and pray all will work out for the best in the end.

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    • Thanks Lee, with the famous fireworks on New Years Eve approaching, I thought it a good way finish the year, especially with shots of one of our rarest birds. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year

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  3. Beautiful photos of the birds. I like visiting our zoo for the free flying tropical birds too. They are so colorful compared to birds outside the enclosure. That view of Sydney is gorgeous. Amazing it is seen from the zoo. Our zoo is at city level so nothing to see but the park around it.

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    • Thanks Donna, at least these birds do actually have room to fly, the other exhibits are confined to cages. The zoo sell tickets to the fireworks on New Years Eve as it is one of the best vantage points for fireworks. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year

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  4. Lovely last post of the year, Ashley! I will need to tell you that when I watched the Lyrebird mimicking video, Dylan started to “sing along” 🙂 I wish you and yours a wonderful celebration of Christmas and many blessings – including gifts when birding – in 2017.

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    • Thanks so much Tiny, it was a great delight to share the year together birding. How sweet that Dylan joined in with the Lyrebird. He is one special little dog. Having had a rescue dog, they seem to have a thankful appreciation of being cared for and loved which spills out in their enthusiastic joyful nature. Next year is very much an unknown for me, I have to trust God to guide me in finding new work, as my last employer will not agree to my terms and let me go. It will be challenging though adding more growth to my character I am sure. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year my friend:-)

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  5. Brilliant photos of the noisy pitta. It looks well camouflaged on the forest floor with its green feathers. What a treat to visit Taronga on your birthday. I’m sure it’s changed since I was there on a school field trip many years ago now. I can never decide if I like zoos or not – it’s wonderful to see all the different animals, but it’s sad they’re in captivity. All the best Ashley for a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to more interesting birding stories next year. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Sue for your faithful following of my blog and for sharing your backyard wildlife. It amazes me how much wildlife actually visits your home. The Zoo is a bit like going out birding in the bush when in the large walk through enclosure, as in a similar way you do not know what you will see. I like to see the birds that are almost impossible to see in the wild due to their endangered status so I know what they look like, rather than just see a drawing or photo. I particually like that Taronga are breeding Regent Honeyeaters for release into the wild. They have done this several times in recent years. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Sue, and hopefully we will see new birds (lifers) in the coming year. My work situation will change, as will my wife’s so it will as yet be an unknown as to how much birding time I will have.

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