14 comments on “Winter Bird Changeover – Surprises and Disappointments

  1. Your capture of the Grey Fantail in flight is superb, Ashley! And I love your last image of the Rufous Fantail’s illuminated tail, fantastic! Glad it’s finally cooling down for you and the wildlife in the Down Under! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the Rufous Fantail is a much sort after and much challenging bird to photograph. We are so thankful the humidity is leaving and autumn has finally arrives.

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  2. Great pictures of the fantails and love the magpie striking a pose for you. With all the tropical weather we’ve had here on the Gold Coast lately, I’ve got plenty of friends for your lonely mushroom! They’re springing up all over the place! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes you guys are really getting it there now after the cyclone. My daughter and her family have had to evacuate their trailer van on Morton Island for the resort. It remains so humid and April is almost here.

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      • Hope your daughter and her family have come through unscathed. After a wild windy night here on the Gold Coast, it seems the rain has gone and we have patches of blue sky, although it is still quite windy. Thankfully, it looks like the worst is over. And the birds have reappeared this morning after being absent for the last 2 days. 🙂

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      • She had pictures on Facebook of the family moving to a resort room from their borrowed trailer van. It was too wild for them to stay in it, so they had to move to the resort. It has been a windy day here also.

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  3. Tops on the Rufous Fantail. How very exciting. I only catch them once every so often, and I reckon I’m due this season to see at least one.
    We’ve spent the morning getting to know what birds had left for winter and what residents were around. It was a bit disappointing to find quite a few areas almost bare of birds. On the upside we did find a pair of Scarlet Robins in a new area, so hopefully they have settled in for the winter. Time will tell.

    Always good to catchup with what’s happening in your location and see the differences habitat and weather make.
    Keep up the good work.
    DJ

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    • Thanks David, I would have liked better vantage of the little guys, but they are just to fast and were in the back ground of the bush, I guess this seasonal bird changeover is common all over, as I always find a reduction in sightings this time of year. A Scarlet Robin is a nice find at this time. One of my blog followers Laura, is heading to Melbourne from the the States early next month, I pointed her to your blog. Have a great week!

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    • Thanks HJ, it is a difficult bird to photograph and many a bird photographer gets excited at the challenge but can easily be disappointed. To see it fan its tail in the sunlight is a real treat.

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    • Thanks Donna,
      Yes our Maggies are very special to us, they are always there. I heard them calling this morning when I went out to do the washing, it is a beautiful melodious warble they do to one another. It still is very humid, unseasonably for this time of year.

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  4. The fantail is a beautiful bird! Great pictures! It is good for us to remember to appreciate the “permanent residents” that are always there 🙂 You are experiencing time constraints…and so am I. My work has kept me much more busy than I anticipated for this spring, but in my case relief should arrive late may 🙂 I hope your week is going well, my friend.

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    • Thanks Tiny, I would have liked better pics of the Fantail but most times what I showed is what most photographers get. It is a golden moment when they keep their tail open unobstructed long enough for a photo, as they are constantly moving and flittering about. Looks like we are both hard pressed for time at the moment. My new work means travelling through city traffic which is a real test of patience. May you have an enjoyable week also my friend, and have time to walk with Dylan and rest.

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