18 comments on “MFF on Long Reef Aquatic Reserve – Birds Model Australia Day Values

  1. Don’t tell your wife, but I just love your accent. We Americans are suckers for an Aussie accent on a guy. I enjoyed the videos too so don’t think I watch them only to here you narrate. LOL. Anyway, Indonesia and New Guinea are pretty exotic locations for birds to live. It is such a difference from where our birds go from summer to winter. The little red-necked stints are adorable running along those rocky shores. I played the Sulfur Crested calls for my Moluccan. He went wild and had a few unpleasant things to say back.

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    • Thanks Donna, and for the little chuckle I had reading your comment. If you live near these Sulfur’s roosting trees you would go crazy like your Moluccan, they are soooo loud and raucous, especially when there are 20 to 50 of them coming in and going out each day. The stints are so tiny, I always have a problem getting clear shots of them, especially with full lens extension and reduced depth of field. They are so timid you can’t get close to them at all. I am pleased with what I got on this occasion especially with flight shots, as they are almost impossible with this very rapid flying bird. Glad you like my accent, hope I don’t sound too much like Crocodile Dundee, I know when I was overseas or when talking with visiting birders from USA and Canada they get a kick out of hearing me talk because I am country boy and I speak Ocker Aussie which is the authentic Australian lingo. I can change back to more cultured linguists for my professional life when I need to. have a great weekend Donna, and thanks for your welcome comment!

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  2. Wow, this looks like a beautiful spot! Gorgeous panorama video, it really showed the place well. Glad you ended up seeing so many waders. I loved your photos of them in flight!

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    • Thanks Laura, yes I love the flight shots also, they were a real gift, as these birds fly so very fast, and start so suddenly. I had never been able to photograph these birds in flight previously. Have a great weekend:-)

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  3. Amazing photos and video Ashley, what a perfect day. It’s wonderful to see different species living in harmony, we really do need to let Nature be our teacher.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it was so peaceful there on the reef, just us and the birds quietly grazing together, in perfect harmony. There were no aggressive Noisy Miners or Red Wattle Birds, just peaceful waders:-)

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  4. A wonderful post, gorgeous captures, and a blessed day, Ashley! Seek and ye shall find, and that is just what you did! I find I must always throw in a little patience, so important. 🙂

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  5. You had the faith to be pressing on and were rewarded! That is such a huge reef and so many birds foraging in peace and harmony. You got so many glorious pictures and videos, thank you for sharing. I especially loved the Ruddy Turnstones in flight!

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes we were rewarded, and it could have been different if we had not pressed through in faith. The Red-necked Stint is a very difficult bird to shoot in flight as it flies so fast and leaves the ground at lightning speed, so you never know when it is going to fly. These are some of the best pictures so far of this bird in flight, as are the Ruddy photos. I love it when I capture the rough ocean in the background. We are having another heatwave here today, its unbelievably hot, hav’nt seen oe heard one bird anywhere. Enjoy your week my friend:-)

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