19 comments on “Birds in Pockets – Exploring Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

  1. I always “ooh” and “ahh” with your posts and photos and this one did not disappoint, Ashley. So many wonderful captures of birds I’ll never see here in the U.S. nor the names I’ve never heard before until I’ve seen them here, including some funny ones! 🙂 How beautiful the colors of the Rainbow Lorikeet! And how funny/cool to hear the Eastern Whipbird’s call. That call would certainly put your guard up, lol. A great post and awesome hiking trail for birding!

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  2. What a beautiful place to walk and watch the many birds! Loved you pictures and videos…the Eastern Whipbird is quite intriguing with its effective communication 🙂 And the close-up of the Rainbow Lorikeet was stunning! Your post is such a show-case of the wonder of Creation!

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    • Thanks Tiny, like you, I love sharing the amazing wealth of wonderful riches ofCrwation. I agree our walks are so important for normalising our sense of being, in our too fast moving age.

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  3. What a beautiful pigeon. Often they are overlooked for their beauty, but like you showed, they are a pretty bird too. Of course, your pigeon is prettier than ones found here, but I still like photographing them too. Your video was something I never saw before. That is great showing the cicada. The Lorikeet is a such a colorful bird, almost like it was painted. Great selection and photos Ashley.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes we are blessed with many beautiful and unusual pigeons, turtledoves, bronzewings and doves. Most of our pigeons are rainforest birds, which eat fruit from our native trees, so most people never see them. They are not like the ferule English pigeon found in most city parks throughout the world. Many have a beautiful iridescent colorful wing marking. Similar to the speculum feathers on the wings of some duck species. I was taken by this specific pigeon because it was just so beautiful in the sunshine, and had so many beautiful features. Yes the cicada find was a rare gem, as many have tried to film them making the noise but have been unsuccessful. Have a great week!

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  4. What fantastic footage of the cicada! I have to say I have never seen one actually make the noise before, well done! And another fantastic video of the whipbirds making their calls. This is a bird I never got to see only hear in the bush in NSW, so it was great to actually see one making that delightful call. Thanks for sharing Ashley. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes the cicada was a great find. Only a day before we found a person trying to find one to photograph, but we found this one quite easily on the trail. Previous success has usually been poor finding them. The Whipbirds have always been the greatest challenge for me, and I find the more I get into birding the more success I seem to have getting the hard to get ones. I am still trying to get perfect footage of Kookaburras laughing. They see me each time and stop and look at me:-) I have footage but is is at sunset and is just silhouette. In my early birding experience the Whipbird was the most frustrating bird ever to photograph. Have a great week my friend:-)

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  5. Thanks 1nm! Yes, you would love our birds, as I do yours. I meet several US birders touring our country each year. The Fair-wrens have become one of the most popular birds even to Aussies. We have quite a few different varieties found in different states. I have the Splendid Fairy-wren on my book cover.

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    • Thanks for your welcome comment, so glad you enjoyed our walk. When my wife and I go birding we see so much more than the average person because we are looking and listening with much sensitivity.

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