11 comments on “What Spring Brings – The Wader’s Return.

  1. Sad to hear about the disrespectful dog owners, unfortunately they are everywhere. Sometimes I see dogs run free our beach although they are not even allowed there, but people here will always tell them to go 🙂 Your Royal Spoonbill is very beautiful in breeding plumage! And it is wonderful that many birds return now that it is spring for you. Have a beautiful week.

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    • Thanks Tiny, it is good that we are finally getting rain at the moment with thunder storms passing constantly. We have just returned from 35°C days in the desert of central Australia where it is so dry, but a thunderstorm passed on two occasions. The temperatures in the centre will climb to the 40s in the next month. The Royal Spoony is always a delight in breeding plumage, though it is strange to find it on its own. Have a wonderful week also my friend.

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  2. Hi Ashley, I always love seeing pictures of the bar tailed godwits, they are one of my favourite birds. Lovely pictures too of the cockatoos. Hope you have a great week. I’m happy about daylight savings starting today (haven’t had it while in Qld), and I’m looking forward to having more time after work to do things (like birdwatching) as it will still be light. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes daylight savings is a great plus in Summer for birding and just enjoying the surrounds after work. It would be more appreciated down in Tassie I guess, though you will get a long twilight later in Summer due to your closeness to the pole. I can remember seeing people out picnicking and fishing on the Derwent in Hobart at 10pm while it was still quite light. Have a great week!

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    • Thanks Lee, Breeding plumage is always fun photography with these birds, I ponder on the purpose of the ‘feather doo’, but it only leads to the Creator had his purpose in it, maybe to attract mature mates, so maybe it is a sign of great beauty and desirability in Spoonbill life. 🙂

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  3. It is always so funny to read of you preparing for the total opposite season we are currently heading towards. The beauty of Spring! I loved watching your videos, and what a shame someone would teach a dog to chase the dear birds. Funny also to see them wading in the surf like that, I am so used to seeing our sea birds only walk on the beach or fly over the ocean but never in the surf. Also, as always, I enjoyed the commentary at the end. The picture of the lovely family of cockatoos do indeed paint a beautiful picture of family love. Blessings!

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    • Thanks Jen, and thanks again for your encouraging review I greatly appreciate it and the content you shared. Yes, blogging keeps us in touch with both seasons all year round as we view the posts of various countries on our Globe. The Godwits don’t want to walk in the water, it is the last step of retreat before flying off, if the threat persists. They usually only fly off to another part of the beach away from the threat, and continue to graze while the tide is low. Probably one of the most important principles I have shared with young couples with families is the principal of modelling love in the parent relationship to bring love and normality to the children. It is such a powerful principle yet so often realised too late by many parents. It follows Jesus own words as the prime example ” I always do what I see my Father doing.” John 5:19,20 Have a wonderful week Jen!

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  4. They are such awesome birds that heed a call we can’t begin to understand and make that trek across open water, against storms and other perils and then grace us for a few months with their presence.
    Such a feat.
    I have given up on humanity being able to consider anything other than their own selfish needs. In the end councils and governments work on the principle “Dog Owners Vote: Birds Don’t”.
    Still tis a wondrous thing to ponder their epic journeys

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    • Thanks David, I agree it is the selfishness of man that is allowing the destruction of our natural treasures. Our state government has been under fire from our conservationists because they have allowed big business to openly destroy sensitive habitat for both birds and Koala. When these natural treasures are gone, they are gone forever! and so many have already gone since European settlement here. Yes, so true only humans get to vote and noisy minority groups who finance political parties move beyond the vote to manipulate their preferred outcome, even against the will of the people, who are carefully kept from examining what the legislation is actually allowing happen, so it is passes without proper scrutiny from the public. The word Selective Clearing has changed its meaning since our state government has allowed the total deforestation of hundreds of acres in areas of prime wildlife habitat. Birdlife International is working with Asian seaside communities to stop the netting and clubbing to death of waders, training them to learn to farm birds as a better option, but sadly the habitats wetlands and tidal mudflats are also being filled in my the Asian governments to create more land for construction. So we gain one way but loose on another. Enjoy the rest of your week David!

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