13 comments on “Birding on the Other Side of the Great Divide

  1. All good. Nice to have some time with the Kestrel, they are not only gracious enough to let us work with them, but such great subjects as well. You’d be happy with the Shoveler, not one I get to see a lot, but well worth the look.
    Hope that the next trip to the Centre brings you both enjoyment and relaxation. Not to mention a few new birds

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    • Thanks David, yes it was a real Kestrel experience that weekend seeing several of them, they are beautiful subjects. We do not see Shovelers much here either so they are always a good find, though quite shy. Looking forward to the red centre, it will be quite warm during the day and quite cool at night. Not sure if we see any good birds we have to explore a bit. Have a great week!

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  2. That is a stunning looking wattle tree that you came across Ashley. And very cute photos of the pair of red browed finches. I also liked your reflection at the end of your post. A simple smile to a stranger can make a huge impact in a person’s life. It takes almost no effort to smile at someone, we should all do it everyday. Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks Sue, the pair of finches in the sunlight through a small break in the tree so typified a devoted couple to me, we both had a sense that they shared true love and commitment. Yes, it is amazing how we can make such a positive impact with so little effort – smiling from the heart through the eyes. I find making eye contact when smiling connects me with people in a way which brings an instant and appreciative smile response, especially with people in monotonous people contact jobs, at checkouts etc Have a wonderful week!

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      • In a world where smiling almost seems on the “Don’t do” list, its nice to be able to greet someone with a big smile.
        We walk, early, most mornings along a riverside pathway. in the hour or so we come across five or six regulars and occasionally a new person. Its interesting to note that the smile, and Good morning, has progressed to warm greetings and an interest in each other day.
        Keep smilin’

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  3. Lovely birding experience you had, in addition to good wine and food! Loved the flight pictures of the Kestrel, the Blue-billed duck and the Red-browed Finch, in particular.

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    • Thanks Tiny, have been wondering how you have been, it is good to see that you are back home again as I have not seen you for a while, and good that you have had such quality time with your grandies. I am looking forward to time with one of mine in a couple of weeks. We are both having a break from work and will be off to the red centre of our continent for a few days next weekend as my wife wanted to have a desert experience. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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      • I am sure you will have a great desert experience! It’s funny that only yesterday I planned for my first desert experience here in the US…going to Grand Canyon and Arizona desert in the spring, six months from now. Both, have a beautiful week.

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      • Thanks Tiny, the Grand Canyon is one of the great places to experience, though we have not visited there yet. I guess it would be quite warm in Spring. It is Spring here, and we saw the temperature will be around 30-34°C (86-93°F). The diurnal ranges are very large in deserts so you have quite cold nights and hot days which can be a challenge clothing wise. Enjoy your weekend and time out walking with Dylan.

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  4. It is so amazing that you never exhaust the array of creation! Thank you so much for capturing these sites – I could never find them – even one of them! Looking forward to your fine book.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I will be sending your book to you in the next couple of days. Yes we are so blessed with a great variety of birds here in Australia, and there are so many more I have nor experienced as yet and hope to. Next week we will explore the desert in the red centre of our continent and hope to see some desert birds. This is a lovely time in life to stop and appreciate the wonder and amazement of our beautiful Father, reflected in his Creation. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. It is amazing how some of your birds are so similar to our birds. Your Blue-billed Duck is like our Rudy Duck and your Black-winged Stilts are similar to our Black-necked Stilts. Guess the Lord wants to let us not feel so left out about what others are allowed to enjoy in nature. 🙂

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    • Thanks Lee, Yes there is great similarity with many of our birds and many unique ones on each continent as well. There are many here who would love to see a Hummingbird as there are there many who would love to see our Fairy-wrens and hear our Kookaburra. The Lord is a a God of varietyand all his works praise Him by their existence (Psalm 19).

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