12 comments on “Birding in Tropical Queensland – Magnetic Island Lifers (Part 3)

  1. Loved the continuation of your adventure. So many beautiful birds, of which the Blue-winged Kookaburra was my favorite. The two kingfishers are beautiful too!

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  2. I have fallen in love with Kookaburras through yours and Sue/My Wild Australia’s posts, they are so adorable. I was mesmerized with your first photo of the Blue-winged Kookaburra, what a stunning capture, Ashley! Congratulations on finding a pair to boot, makes adding as a lifer that much more special; and congrats too on your sightings and captures of the Bush Stone-curlew, so nice to have the Agile Wallaby stop you in your tracks to find such a treasure. God does work in mysterious ways! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the Kookaburra is a lovely bird to have around, they are actually giant Kingfishers in a sense. Unlike other birds they will come close to humans and will not leave when bullied by other birds, they are quite settled in their own skin. They will come very close to you BBQ and steal your meat right off it, off your plate or right out of your sandwich with pin point accuracy if you don’t watch them carefully. When I had my farm property they would sit on the fence next to me and watch as I dug the garden, swooping down on worms and insects in the soil I could not even see, as they have amazing eyesight. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend!

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  3. Hi Ashley, thank you for sharing such amazing pictures of the blue winged kookaburra. I have never seen this bird but hope to one day. What an interesting call they have. Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks Sue, yes we were quite excited to get so close to both male and female, such a beautiful bird and so tolerant of people. We missed seeing them last couple of times up far north so it was a buzz to see them this time and get such good shots. You enjoy the week ahead also, hope its not too cold. Have you seen the Yellow Wattlebird yet? If you get a chance visit Bruny Island full day adventure from Hobart (or stay at Adventure Bay), it is an amazing cruise, also the birds on Bruny and the White Wallaby are great also.

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      • Hi Ashley, I haven’t seen the yellow wattlebird yet. I visited Bruny many years ago, but definitely want to go again, it was an incredible few days there. There are so many wonderful places to see down here.

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  4. What a beautiful wing spread on that Kookaburra. The whole post is fabulous, I love the audios & videos. Thank you do much for all you share, also the encouraging spiritual truths. I can’t help but think how pleased our Creator is for displaying His magnificent work!

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    • Thanks so much Lisa Beth for your encouraging comment, we marvel together at our amazing God and the works of his hands, he is so vibrant and so full of life that he wants to share it with us.

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    • Thanks David, yes it is a great blessing to bird up the top end and see birds we never see here. The abundance of Kingfishers up there is something to be believed, there are at least 4 varieties and we only saw two on this occasion. They are the most common bird in some places, beach, river, lake and woodlands.

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