10 comments on “Looking but Not Seeing – Birding in Centennial Park, Sydney –

  1. Like Tiny, we have a different Night Heron. They do look very similar as our Black-crowned. I agree, many today walk without seeing and do so buried in their phones. I cannot imagine being there and not seeing birds everywhere I looked. You and your spotter make it look so easy. Lovely images as always. Now I know your profession. Thank you for adding your interesting background.

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  2. Some great photos there Ashley, especially interested in seeing the nesting pied cormorant and the swamphen chicks, I haven’t seen either of these before. Nice sentiment at the end of your post too. I also wish the young people of today would pay more attention to what’s going on around them in nature as this would be more beneficial to them instead of isolating themselves with technology and becoming dependent on not only that but also the opinions of other people who they’ve never even met in person.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is amazing how many of the Pied Cormorant nest together. Like other Cormorants and Darters they like to nest as a flock for security. Spoonbill do this also. It is lovely watching the young Swamphen and Moorhen following their parents through the lily beds. Thanks again for your wonderful review of my book, I will link to it which may give your web site more traffic. Have a great weekend!

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  3. It is amazing how much birdlife can be found in a public park! I have noticed the ‘not noticing’ at the salt marsh. Many people just walk past the birds, and for sure don’t see those perching in trees. Even when I walk there with a friend, I need to point out the birds 🙂 Loved the many beautiful birds you guys ‘spotted and shot’ and the videos too. That Night Heron is fairly similar to our Black-crowned Night heron – the back feathers are of different color. And I agree with what you say about the addiction to devices. And so I am very happy that my 6 y.o. granddaughter is into birds and photography 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes, we both have the same passion for appreciating the many different aspects of the world around us, and yes it is amazing how so many don’t see, and are not tuned into the very environment they are walking through. Great that our grandies are getting some healthy life input from us. It is so important that they get a good framework for life at an early age, warning them not to allow the world dictate its self focused impersonal lifestyle. Enjoy your weekend also my friend!

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  4. So many gorgeous captures, Ashley, loved them all! I enjoyed the videos too! I did bust a giggle watching the young juvenile White Ibis following the parent. When the parent looked back and saw the youngster was still there, I could just imagine what he/she was thinking, lol. Love post and awesome day at the park!

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