15 comments on “Beach Beauties – Preparing for an Amazing Journey

  1. It’s always nice to see photos of the bar tailed godwits, and those crested terns are funny looking birds. I remember seeing both birds on the NSW South Coast Jervis Bay area when I used to holiday there many years ago. How lovely to have a grey butcherbird come to visit regularly. It’s nice to be friends with a bird or an animal. I know I love their friendship and having them sing for me, but I often wonder what they make of us….

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is a highlight each day to hear the Butcherbird and hear him bathing in the dog’s water. He has so many different calls. I notice our native birds do have many different calls for times of day and various reasons unlike many of the northern hemisphere birds. Enjoy your week!

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  2. Gorgeous captures of your migrating shorebirds, Ashley! I love the second photo of the Bar-tailed Godwit with its mouth wide open. And I love the soldier crabs, they are cute and pretty, such a treat to see so many scurrying at one time. Enjoyed the videos too!

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    • Thanks Donna, I always get excited seeing these guys on the beach, and soon they will be gone again till next spring. Yes that shot of the Godwit with mouth open is quite strange, he looks like he is puffed up. He certainly has breeding plumage on the way. He will probably be bright rufous-chestnut-orange in a couple of weeks. The crabs were amazing, never seen so many in the one place, the beach was literally covered in them in large and small battalions. Have a great weekend Donna!

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  3. Lovely to see your migrating waders. I am always full of admiration for their ability to undertake these long migrations every year. The Crested Tern is very much like our Royal Tern…and the parent/juvenile interaction seems to be similar too 🙂 I hope your week is going good, mine has been busy, but now back home taking it easy.

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    • Thanks Tiny, Yes there is great similarity among the Terns. It can be difficult to discern between the types of Terns at times as they are similar, and breeding and non-breeding can make it more difficult also, this is also the case for the Sandpipers. You are such a busy girl, it is good that you have your quiet salt marsh to reground yourself. The week has been quiet for me but book sales have recently increased, our state national parks are selling my book well. Hows that! I just got another call that more books have sold while writing this. I started my second book a couple of days ago, it will be much longer and have more bird varieties and photos and go to a deeper level. It will take a year or more as the graphics are very time consuming. Have a wonderful restful weekend my friend, I am about to go out on my Friday morning birding with God time.

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  4. Wonderful post! I love all the crabs! Our long-billed Curlew is very shy of people as well. So I treasure the couple of good pictures I’ve gotten over the years. Lovely stories of your bird friends. I had a baby Robin I rescued one summer and it followed me around the yard every time I went outside after that. It especially liked it when I worked in the garden soil.

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    • Thanks 1nm, yes our Curlew are very similar, and because of their size very visible and vulnerable. How lovely to have a pet Robin. The delightful aspect is that they are not caged and not forced to be our friends, they do so of their own free volition.

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    • Thanks Kathy, it is one of the major delights of each day, and his excited call always brings joy to my heart. I get the impression he is gratefully giving thanks, especially after his bath in the dogs water. One of my youngest birder friends feeds his Butcherbirds that visit his home each day, and they have developed trust to make close contact. I have placed some of his calls on http://www.aussiebirder.com/specialstuff if you would like to hear him. The Rainbow Lorikeets are chuckling in the background.

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