14 comments on “Summer Heat – Birds Decline but Flowers Shine

  1. Great photos there Ashley, I feel sorry for the poor currawong raising the cuckoos. I’d imagine they would be even more demanding to feed than currawong babies. It is terrible about this heatwave in many parts of the country. I’ve found the same lack of birds and wildlife here on the Gold Coast – I hear some birds at sunrise then don’t hear or see any until sundown. It’s actually eerily quiet during these extremely hot days. Hopefully there’s relief on the way for all of us.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes the baby cuckoos wear out their surrogate parents as
      they are large birds. The heat has made birding challenging, even wader
      numbers are down🙁 But thankfully God always gives us enough reason
      to delight and be thankful for the gifts we are granted😊

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  2. I always enjoying seeing what a rich and diverse collection of birds to are able to see….even on a walk that, to you, seemed limited ;-). I love the cuckoos. I had my first ever glimpse of some sort of cuckoo when in Texas recently – don’t recall its full name.

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    • Thanks BJ, I guess we take for granted at times of just how wonderfully blessed we really are by the large variety of birds, and this brings to mind much gratitude for being granted the privilege of sharing so many birds. The Channel-billed Cuckoo I shared in my post are the largest cuckoos, they are very big bird when fully grown.

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  3. You are in the midst of summer heat and we are enjoying a mild winter, on most cooler days temps rise to 15-17 C and on warmer days like today to 21-23 C. Much cooler tomorrow. I remember the hot summer days of over 30 C and all birds out of sight. You found both beautiful birds and stunning wild flowers despite the heat! The Brush Turkey was impressive 🙂 I also liked the Olive-backed Oriole and the Purple Swamphen, none of which we have here. The tiny Yellow Thornbill was also very beautiful. I hope your heat gives away for a milder fall soon. Have a blessed rest of the week.

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    • Thanks Tiny, thankfully the last couple of days were cool and rainy for a change, but the next three will get very hot again. I have not got out much to the waders this year, maybe this afternoon. I would love your cool fall temps and the leaves. I guess that’s why we don’t call it ‘fall’ here, because our leaves don’t fall, they are evergreens. The only colour change our trees have is when new growth appears, many have a orange reddish colour to the new twigs before they go green. Keep rested and enjoy the quietness of solitude my friend, we have a lot in common in that area, as I also love the quietness , the sound of wind and birds and just soak in the moment.

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  4. I just arose and cranked up the heat and then read how hot it is in your region, I had to giggle. 🙂 Beautiful bird findings despite the heat, Ashley. And I love the beautiful flowers, especially the common fringe lily, how gorgeous and delicate!

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  5. I am sorry it has been so hot there. I can imagine that makes birding more difficult even though you still have a good variety of bird photos. I love the cute wallaby. The flowers were a nice change of pace too.

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  6. Grand set of photos, really like the Channel Bill. We have spent a week away in 40C+. Lost interest in photography after about 10:00am most days, and the evenings didn’t cool enough to make it pleasant to be out.
    Makes it hard for the little birds I suspect.
    Mind around the resort where we stayed, (a golf place), there was plenty of water and green grass and the parrots, cockatoos and the like did make use of the cool areas.

    A fine selection of the Brown Thronbills that really show off those lovely front markings. Enjoyed

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    • Thanks David, the heat has been quite extreme this year, and quite precludes normal summer birding, as it heats up so early in the morning. The only cool rainy days we had were the two we had at a resort during Australia Day holidays, and my wife was looking forward to using the pool, but it was too cold. Yes, golf courses are often good birding venues, providing you stay clear of the white missiles, golfers are known to get hostile at the sight of birders.

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