14 comments on “Summer Surprises – Birding in Oatley Park Reserve

  1. I am in ‘catch-up’ mode and only now saw this post that you had posted when our son was here. So many lovely birds, but I liked the kingfisher pictures in particular. Those did show how the color of some birds appears fairly dull when it is cloudy, but very bright when the sun is shining 🙂 This is a truly beautiful bird!

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    • Thanks Tiny, how lovely to have a visit from your son. My son visited me last night and shared a wine and meal with us, as he is currently working in Sydney on a project. It is always lovely catching up with our children and the grandies. Yes the Kingfisher is quite iridescent in the bright sun. The true beauty of many birds is only seen when we have full sun exposure. They have this sheen like plumage which can look black or dark grey, such as our Satin Bowerbird can look black under a tree but is a beautiful iridescent navy blue in sunlight. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  2. So many beautiful bird captures, Ashley, I can easily understand why Oatley Park Reserve is your favorite birding location! So glad to hear the heat is finally diminishing for the birds. Loved the Figbirds, what large fruits they can handle, and, wow, they sure did clean out that tree! I enjoyed the Red-browed Finch, what a beautiful tiny bird; and the Sacred Kingfisher shots with his mouth wide open (big mouth!) and the last shot looks like he’s smiling nicely for you. And finally I always love your photos of the Rainbow Lorikeets in all your posts! Thanks too for sharing the article , Why Birding is Good for your Health, I can attest it is so true!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, it is always a delight to read your encouraging comments, so glad you enjoyed the birds in my local reserve. We find it often has surprises in it, and so do many birder friends who also frequent it. It is an important bird corridor over southern Sydney. The variety of habitats is a key feature also. Have a great week!

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    • Thanks TheLocals2016 for your kind comment, thanks for dropping by, I liked your Superb Fairy-wren maleshot on your blog post also. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Your post opened with our pet birds. 😊 I am convinced I need to visit one day. The birds you picture are all so beautiful and unique. You video of the spoonbill in begging mode was locked. I enjoyed the other video though. The butcherbird is one that is unique and different to me.

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    • Thanks Donna, I don’t know why the video was locked for you as it seems to work fine? Great that you want to visit, I love meeting foreign birder tourists, I meet them frequently doing the Aussie tour to see as many as they can in a few weeks. If you saw what these Cockies get up to you would understand why you would not want to live too close to their roosting areas. The cooler very wet weather has arrived to ease the bush fire alert, and quench the extreme heat of Summer.Now we have flooding in various places. That’s Australia for you, from one extreme to another!

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  4. Lots of amazing photos of so many different birds, and I love the videos too. Interesting to see the black faced monach, I haven’t heard of that one before. How lovely to have the grey butcherbird so close, just hanging out with you. 🙂 I’ve found that the greys around my place are a lot bolder than the pieds, stepping into the pieds territory quite often, and I’ve seen some altercations between them, although nothing too serious. Have you noticed this too, or is it just my local gang?

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    • Thanks Sue, I had not heard of the Monach either when I saw my first one. This is one of the exciting features of birding, that you discover new birds as you get out there. It is a discovery mission. Interesting about the Butcherbird interaction. I would love to have Pieds here, I so loved hearing them when I lived on the north coast, they are so beautifully melodious, but I do love the excited chuckle of the Grey. We rarely see Pieds around Sydney now, they are out west and north, of Sydney, but for some reason not in the parks and reserves here any more.Have a great week!

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  5. Awesome post! So many beautiful, unusual birds. Such wonderful colors. I’m glad the heat is finally breaking for you. Spring is coming to the states. I can’t wait for our colorful birds to begin arriving.

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    • Thanks 1nm, yes we are experiencing cooler wet weather at present which is giving the birds a much needed break as well as us also. Hope you see many beautiful birds as Spring moves in for you.

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