13 comments on “Taking Birding to the Next Level – Races and Subspecies.

    • Thanks Lee, the weather was not good for birding last week so I had to make the most of what I had. Thankfully today was a beautiful day for us to bird and picnic in the warm spring sun. Have a restful weekend back home again:-)

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Such a wealth of knowledge in your posts, and what an incredible amount of paitence and persistence to photograph and notice the various differences. “How many are your works…” is certainly the truth! Such variety is astounding, and as you point out, in the same species.
    I have been wanting to let you know I truly loved your book!! My only dissapointment is that I did not have it for my sons when they were young….but it will be read many times to any future grandchildren!! Honestly, I was sincerly impressed with how you came up with so many character traits from observing the birds. You covered character traits that are not always thought of and I hope your book touches many lives as it is truly a special book indeed. I am in the middle of writing a book review now and have already thought it will make a wonderful gift for some nieces and nephews. Thank you to you and your wife for taking the time to put together this book. What a wonderful legacy to leave for your own family.
    Blessings to you both in your birding adventures! Have a wonderful week…so happy you got rain!

    Like

    • Thanks so much dear Jen for your amazing review of my book, I give thanks to our Lord for his generous wise heart in entrusting me with his truth and dropping it into my spirit, and for people like yourself who validate God’s anointing on it. I am so touched that the book has blessed you and yes like yourself, I only wished there were more books of this nature around when we were raising our children. My children grew up with the TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’ which Laura Wilder wrote from her life experiences, and I have often asked: “Where are the books and wisdom to the young like this today?” Many parents complain that children fiction is so crazy and far fetched today it does not prepare them for life. I will embark fully on my next book, when the Lord allows me the time. where I will use the birds to bring encouragement and teaching to young families, again integrating my family counselling skills and research to take it to the next level. From our early Knowledge years, through our mid Wisdom years to now our final Understanding years. As Solomon said it is good to gain knowledge, and knowledge applied in life brings with it wisdom a great treasure, but the greatest treasure is from our applied wisdom, which brings with it understanding. Not just to know the what, or the how but the why, and this brings with it the peace and security we gain in our latter years in the Lord. This is why teaching falls far short when it is only facts or ideas of men but has no understanding of truth to back it up, and it remains never taught. Why? because for all the information this technological age places at our fingertips, there is a dire lack of wisdom, due to lack of understanding due to believing the lie Romans 1 as to Who were are and Where we come from… yes lack of understanding. My wife has been a backbone for me in the book process, I felt like giving up several times, but she believed in me, and encouraged me to press on, over the many hurdles and brick walls that were put up against us. Sorry I climbed onto my soap box for a moment. Thanks again it is greatly appreciated, may you and the family have a wonderful weekend also.

      Like

      • Feel free to “soap box’ all you want! I love Little House on the Prairie, and also, The Waltons, which my younger son and I still enjoy! I’m so glad you wife was there to encourage you to finish…you two are a good team! And I agree, our culture is so smart yet so unwise. 😦 I keep praying for God to open the eyes not just in my country but the world at large. Sadly, I fear it may take calamaty to bring people to seek him, and I do hope that is not the case. We truly live in the time the Bible talked about when what is wrong is seen as right and vice versa. Keep up the good work on your end…you never know who it will reach. I will finish my review in a bit…I feel like posting anything right now is almost disrespectful to my loved ones and others battleing out the hurricane at the moment. They remain my top concern but look forward to finishing the review when the time is better. Blessings to you and yours!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow, what a post full of gorgeous captures of very beautiful birds, Ashley! Going deeper in levels on bird species is so confusing at times for me, I get frustrated because I don’t sit still long enough to learn just a little more to help me. I want to get outside and photograph more! But I did sit still here and noted how differences did show in your specie levels and it’s quite fascinating the slight differences. Glad to hear you had great rains, so exciting when breeders return! Have a great week, Ashley!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Donna, you are a birding photoholic, like myself, I could learn much more also but we both love being out there in the fresh air where the action is. We are back to dry weather for a while, but the heavy rain was a welcome change from the drought.Birding has not been good here this last week, but work is still keeping me busy as they want me to stay and train new staff. No one knows if they can keep me part time yet, as they want me full time, but they are vying for me to stay part time. It will be interesting to see what God has up ahead for me. I want to get into writing my second book, but I need time to do it. As I do the art work myself, I need time to work on it. I have put the bird guiding on hold till I know where my future employment will be, they should be able to tell me soon. My first book is selling so well and getting great reviews which is very pleasing, especially when I ring around and find that most places have sold out of it. Thanks again for your always welcome encouraging comments, you are greatly appreciated my friend. Have a wonderful week also!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi Ashley, hello from lovely Launceston! Sorry I’ve been away for awhile, but now catching up on what everyone has been up to. What an interesting read this post has been. Great photos too. I’m going to go check out that book on the best birdwatching sites that you mentioned, and get my new bird guide too that I’ve been meaning to get. Hope you have a great week! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Greetings Sue, I did wonder how you were going, and hoped your move is going well. I hope you are settling well in Tassie, and been able to start getting close to the peculiar wildlife and birds of the island state. I tend to use both bird guides now (Michael Morcombe’s and recent The Australian Bird Guide) as they both have some different descriptions. The new one includes recent subspecies reclassification. Have a great week exploring!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks so much HJ, we are so blessed with such a large variety of birds in so many different locations in our large continent. There is always new birds to be pursued, which keeps the excitement and expectation high. Have a great week!

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.