19 comments on “Sydney’s Rare Botanic Bird Beauty-The Leucistic Pied Currawong

  1. The way every detail was explained, I could clearly visualize the temptation you enjoyed while birding. Expecting other birding experience’s post from you as motivating as this one. God Bless.

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  2. What an exciting trip you had! And you were blessed to find this rare, special bird! And so many babies and juveniles….really enjoyed the pictures and the videos. It looks like your year has started well and I am sure more blessings are on the way!

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    • Thanks so much Tiny, we still tell the story with child-like excitement, how we were blessed on our recent rare finds, and yes we pray that we including yourself will enjoy some very special finds this year that will bring spontaneous praise and appreciation of the created wonders. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  3. The leucistic pied currawong looks incredible Ashley, you’re very fortunate to be able to both see and photograph her. And it would have been amazing to see and hear so many kookas in one place! It seems we all need to adapt to the change in our climate and weather conditions (says me sitting in the air con inside the house while it’s 36 degrees outside!). Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it was amazing both seeing the Currawong with her juveniles and seeing and hearing almost continual Kookas the whole time we were there. Families contested for territory both verbally and sometimes with force. Yes we took my grandson to the Powerhouse technological museum today which kept us out of the heat for a while. Enjoy your coolness, and the rest of the weekend!

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    • Thanks Lee, Yes I remembered you mentioning about your zoo visit trying to get the Kookas to laugh, so I though I would catch a little footage for you, but sorry for the shakiness, as the monopod was left in the car. One of my birding goals this year is to get perfect steady Kooka footage with the whole family going off with their call. I have sought this earnestly for years, but they won’t do it if they see you coming, and they usually do it when you have walked some distance away. One day I pray the Lord will grant my desire so I can share it with you. It is nit just about them laughing, so to put it, but to have them do their full repertoire, where they stop for a few seconds and one starts then up slowly till they go into full throttle calling for some minutes, ending in them flying off. Have a great weekend and keep warm!

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      • Yes, they clam up when the camera comes out. Still trying to get over my bronchitis. It is going to cool down again, but I am staying in.

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    • Happy New Year Myra to you and family. Chelsea is in our prayers daily. I have not heard about the bats, but I can understand it as bird numbers and breeding numbers are much reduced this season, it seems like they knew before us about the extreme weather. This has caused many birds to move into areas they have never been found in before. Richest blessings for the new year!

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  4. What a gift to see and photograph the very rare Leucistic Pied Currawong! Many other wonderful captures here too, all the little ones being typical toddlers. 🙂 I do love the Kookaburras and have photographed them at one of our zoos. They look so adorable. Stay cool, Ashley!

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    • Thanks Donna, Yes staying cool is the order of the day here in some of the worse recoded temps for this time of year, though many are suffering a very cold and wild winter over there. We have noticed a big fall in bird numbers breeding this year, possibly they had divine warming. It was interesting that so many Kookaburras were in the gardens having babies in close proximity, which is uncommon. The trees offer cool shade. Have a wonderful weekend my friend 😊

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    • Thanks David, it was a perfect day, as my wife put it. We were so blessed on this record hot day to achieve what we did and get a swim in as well. We enjoyed the gardens and watched the Kookas chasing and fighting each other as we enjoyed our coffees at the gardens cafe. I have never heard Kookas call so much in one place. These heat waves have reduced bird numbers and especially breeding numbers this year. Enjoy the weekend. Keep 😎 cool

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  5. Beautiful pictures and I love the way God answered your prayer and allowed you not only to see the bird but get photos of it. I am always amazed at how He cares even about our desires, not just our needs! Stay cool!

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    • Thanks so much Jen, we are more excited with the way our loving Father answers our requests as we are with the beautiful bird gifts he grants us when we ask. He certainly knows how to give good gifts to his children. Yes getting photos of the bird always is true confirmation and there are many birder photographers I have met who say as I do, until you have an image of the bird you can look at and make the bird out, you have not really seen it, nor can you prove you have. My eyesight as it is, at times I do not fully realise the treasure I have captured till I crop and enhance the image at home, as the bird may sometimes be too far away to accurately identify at the time. I guess I should say keep warm Jen as parts of your country experience wild winter weather. Have blessed week!

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      • Thank you, you have a great week as well! If you can believe, I am sitting on my porch as the temperature is in the 60s and it’s like spring, what a wild ride this weather has been!

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      • Wow how amazing is that, we are both having to weather the weather as we experience these extremes at both ends of the thermometer. This is another sign of the last days we are living in which Jesus warned us about telling us not to be alarmed or afraid when these unusual occurrences occur.

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