17 comments on “Where Have Our Summer Birds Gone?

  1. Your photos are always amazing, I like how you organize your whole post, so beautiful! I can never get enough of birds! Thank you and greetings.

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    • Thank you Cecilia for your encouraging comment it is much appreciated. Sharing our birds with the world is one of my passions and birding is an enjoyable and healthy aside to my busy life as a scientist.

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  2. A beautiful post through and through! I love your thoughts on friendship, and learned so much about the different birds you highlighted. I was especially amazed at the “treetop” friendship…we have a backyard heron I call Harold, and he will not allow anything to be near him, thus I have dubbed him my grouchy friend:) As always, thanks for sharing!

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  3. A wonderful post and photos, Ashley! I loved the Chestnut Teal & Pacific Black Duck captures, stunning! And how beautiful the wingspan spread of the Royal Spoonbill, wow! I did giggle when you mentioned your phone ringing while watching the Royal Spoonbill. At least he didn’t seem bothered by it. Although I’m sure he threw you a look or two for waking him up! ha ha

    Also thank you for sharing on why birds stand on one leg. When I first started watching and photographing our Osprey family 8-9 years ago, it was then the first time I saw the one-legged stance. I thought our female Osprey had been in an accident, I was horrified! I soon researched this behavior and found out the reason why birds do it, lol. I was so thankful she was okay!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the phone ringing meant I did not get any close sleeping shots. That’s funny that you thought the bird was legless when it was resting. Thanks for your comment and have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Sorry to hear you are in such a severe draught. It’s hard for birds to be motivated to breed when there’s such high heat and no water. Food is scarce and times are hard for them. I hope your weather changes soon! That royal spoonbill is beautiful. Looks rather large too. I love lizards and the one in your post almost looks like a baby crocodile 😉

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    • Thanks Kelly, yes the heat and drought has had amazing effects on our birds. We went for a walk today and there was hardly any of the usual birds, but reptiles thrive in this weather, as we chased a huge Lace Monitor along the track. The weather has been cooler with some rain, but not enough to quell the drought. The temperature is jumping up tomorrow and by the end of the week will be 39C. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. An informative post with great photos Ashley! I learned why many birds prefer to sleep with one foot tucked underneath…I see that all the time here in the summer heat, but never thought to investigate more closely 🙂 I also wonder sometimes about unlikely friendships…Rosa, the Roseate Spoonbill seems to like the company of Ibis in particular…she often hangs out with them. I hope your weekend has been good.

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    • Thanks Tiny, maybe Spoonbills like the company of other birds, it appears that way. The last few days have been pleasantly cool and wet but the following week is going to see the temperatures shoot back up again. We went birding this afternoon and noticed how birdless the national park was where we would normally see many birds it was so quiet. Another passing birder noted the same. Hope your weekend is enjoyable and restful.

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  6. Some excellent photos here Ashley. Perhaps some of the birds will return after the rain, as it might bring with it some more food for them. It was interesting to read about the royal spoonbill and the yellow mark above its eye, I never knew that. It’s raining up here today too, and much cooler. I’m even contemplating putting on a jacket! Well, almost!! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, it is a welcome change this cool wet weather, we are enjoying it also, and so far it has lasted four days.I have been very tired lately due to work and I incorrectly labelled one of the birds in my post. I have corrected it now, the Dusky Moorhen is the correct name, I apologise if it caused any confusion or consternation.

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      • Not to worry Ashley, I’m sure we’ve all done that at some point. I’ve been working overtime most Saturdays this year and it really takes it out of you, so I know where you’re coming from. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂

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      • Thanks for your empathy Sue, full time work at my age and getting up at 4:30am has had its toll on my health, I would love to go back to part time and write my second book. The sales on my current book are increasing amazingly, as new markets open, I had started writing again but had to stop due to work. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the cool change, as we will have high temps again this week.

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