20 comments on “The Joy of Christmas – The Rufous and Golden Whistlers

  1. These are beautiful birds, both of them! And their song is full of joy…just like yours 🙂 I am sorry I haven’t been here much lately as my work went into high gear in November and only now starts to let up for the holidays. I will spend Christmas (again) with my sister’s family in Sweden. I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas!

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    • Thanks Tiny, I am always so glad to hear from you when you have been away, you have had a very busy time as well as recovering from your severe cold, you must be so ready for the Christmas break. Have a wonderful time in Sweden with your sis, I guess it will be a truly white Christmas for you. I would love to experience that just once, instead of this hot humid Christmas we have. Wishing you also all the very best for Christmas and New Year my dear friend!

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  2. Wonderful photos and clips, Ashley! I keep looking at the Rufous Whistler whose body from the neck down is so very close to what our American Robin looks like.

    Also a very beautiful message here, along with your Testimony post. I enjoy every one of your posts and the messages that intertwine. They uplift me each and every time, and I thank you for that, my friend.

    May the peace and love of the Christmas Spirit embrace you and your family this Holiday season. I wish you much happiness and prosperity for the New Year, filled with direction and encouragements on your new endeavors!

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    • Thanks Donna, it is always interesting comparing our birds with each other how God has made each beautiful creature similar. Thanks so much for all your encouraging messages through the year my dear friend. I do sense your beautiful spirit when I read your posts and comments, it always uplifts mine. Richest Blessings to you and your family for a wonderful enjoyable celebration together which goes on into the new year as you continue to explore and capture the wonder and beauty of the Creator’s handiwork enjoying love, health and prosperity in the coming year.

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  3. I love how they head up to the top of the trees at night to catch the final sun. Beautiful message and good reminders to embrace the beauty of what we’re given. That Psalm is a really good one to remember, too. Merry Christmas.

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    • Thanks Chrissie, and Merry and enjoyable Christmas to you and your family also. Yes I love capturing the last of the sun on the birds at the top of the trees with that yellow tinge it gives them. Richest Blessings for the New Year. Thanks for your encouraging comment it is appreciated.

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  4. I just read the testimony page, no place there for comments I coud find….what a beautiful, touching story. Not many people write out their testimonies, it was so very good to read the transformation that took place in your life. I am amazed that it was not a pastor, but simply God who answered your call for help. It just goes to show that God can bypass man anytime to reach a searching soul. I love the song as well!!

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    • Thanks Jen, I just added the comment box, I did not realise it was missing. Yes and thanks so much for your encouraging comments, not just now but all through the year it has been lovely having you share on your own blog also. God is simply amazing, so many miracles in my life, and so many more in the lives of others who love Him or should I better say are loved by Him. The song in its crude form was used by God to draw Spirit moved youth to Christ. I had a nickname as ‘The Prophet’ a long haired uni student in an old army duffel coat sporting a Bible in his large side pocket. It was great how God moved in those days through music and the talks, we were so committed to seeing our peers come to Christ. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Jen, and richest blessings for the new year. 🙂

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    • Thanks again Jen, there is joy in their song, which I interpret as pure worship. ‘All the earth worships you and sings praises to you! They sing praises to your name!” (Selah)- Psalm 66:4

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  5. Hello Ashley,
    This is Takami (I purchased a copy of your book over the summer).
    Thank you for sharing this lovely post – lovely bird with a touching & personal story.
    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season.

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  6. Great shots for the end of year post. We don’t get to see that many Golden Whistlers locally, although a short trip out usually finds them. They are mostly winter birds for us, and the Rufous is much more widespread and a summer fav. Their call really livens up a day out.
    Thanks for you lovely work and entertaining blogs that take me to a part of the world that I might not otherwise visit, and thanks for being a regular visitor to my somewhat haphazardly published blog.

    May the Season bring you and yours peace, calming joy, and encouragement.

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    • Thanks David for your encouraging comment, the Whistlers certainly brighten up the bush especially in recent days when the drought has sent many birds away. Your blog is always inspiring and your photography is excellent, so much clearer than my own, this I appreciate getting so close to birds with your shots, and birds also which I might not see. Your amazing aerial shots are much appreciated as are the nesting shots. I hope to get down south next year if I am granted that blessing. A restful and enjoyable Christmas time for you and the family. Catch you again next year. 🙂

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