16 comments on “Birding in Northern NSW – Playful Passerines

  1. Good to hear you were finally able to see a pale headed rosella Ashley, they are quite pretty birds but difficult to spot as they’re so timid. I’ve seen a couple of them flying around our place lately, but I usually hear them rather than see them. Loved your video of the tawny frogmouth too!

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    • Thanks Sue, it was a surprise find as it was hot and it was resting under a tree when my wife spotted it. I knew immediately what it was when I saw it because I had seen your photo.in a previous post.

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  2. Beauitful post, Ashley! I always enjoy your captures, and you certainly got some awesome ones here. Congrats on the two new lifers, always a thrill to be blessed when we get ‘another one’! 🙂 In addition to those, I loved the action shots, the love bird Lorikeets capture, the Blue-faced Honeyeater, the Double-barred Finch, the Sacred Kingfisher, the Tawny Frogmouth…..quite frankly I loved so many, as well as the videos and recording! Beautiful work, all the way around. Including the Cattle Egret on the cow, I see them more on the ground around them and love when you can actually see and capture one perched right on the cow. Cool shot as if they are best buds! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Donna, so glad you enjoyed my post, and same it is when I view your lovely posts also. We were blessed o see so many birds, and there are many others not shown, as the post just got too long. Praying for a good outcome for your operation, so you can get out and about again.

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  3. When I see all the beautiful birds of your photo gallery I drool…I wish I could have such a variety of species in front of me and my camera. You’re doing a great job with your camera Ashley! Thanks for the post. 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, we are very blessed to have such a variety of birds. Part of the reason I think is that our government has learnt the value of having many National Parks and reserves, before we wiped them out. We are in danger of loosing many species. Our original inhabitants preserved much of our wildlife, but when the Brits came and took over, it was each man for himself and so there was a massive slaughter of much of our wildlife. Thankfully laws were introduced to set aside areas for wildlife, just as in your country. Teddy Roosevelt started the ball rolling protecting the bears and we followed with the world’s second national park, the Royal, which I constantly visit, and sometimes meet birders from your country there. Thankfully, We still have many birds, as it is a big country, and not so densely populated and most are protected, however, there is no real enforcement of the laws, which is very disconcerting at times. Thanks for your encouraging comment HJ.

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  4. Wonderful post! In the video of the striated thornbill you also recorded the sound of another bird. What bird was that?

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    • Hi Myra, good to hear from you, we remain in prayer for Chelsea and the family, praying she soon walks freely without discomfort. The Lewins Honeyeater is the other bird you can hear with its loud chatter in the background. This bird is pictured among the honeyeaters in the above post and is fairly common in the forests along the coast of NSW.

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  5. So many beautiful birds and great captures! Especially loved your pictures of the Blue-faced Honey Eater (what a special bird!) and the ‘love bird’ Lorikeets! And the video of the night stalked was lovely. Wonderful post, my friend!

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes the Blue-faced is quite a character, they always look so serious as if they are on some super hero mission to save the world. Yes the Rainbows are a one of our most liked birds by most people around the world, and we see and hear many of them and their excited noisy chatter every day in flocks. We are so blessed. The Frogmouth was certainly an unexpected find and to get so close was a real treat, our son-in-law climbed the side of the roof to get that footage for me. have great week, I still am enjoying your last post in the Everglades,after having read it yesterday, as I am sure you are also. what an amazing place to have an adventure!

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  6. Awesome post! I really enjoyed this post. So many stunning birds. I especially love the magpie lark. Stunning plumage. And seeing the frogmouth hunting was so cool. You had a blessed, wonderful trip! Your video of the fast little bird was a great inclusion. Our warblers in the states are just like that! It’s a huge challenge to photograph them, thus very rewarding when you get a good pic. Congrats on the lifer too!

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    • Thanks so much 1nm! We both enjoy sharing many birds. I still find it amazing how many different species you see in where you live and how many different birds that the other bloggers do not show. Yes it is part of the fun in birding to and a challenged to boot, to catch these elusive fast moving little guys doing their rounds. It is so rewarding to get one in focus after having taken 5 to 10 shots. Thanks again.

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