13 comments on “Birding in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.

  1. Belated anniversary wishes to you and your wife, Ashley! All these beautiful, colorful captures is a sign to me it was an awesome, enjoyed weekend together! You really got some stunning shots. Thank you for sharing the Pied Butcherbird’s lovely song, it really is beautiful as you said. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Belated Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! I enjoyed the post as always, and wow what a pair of shoes!! I also really enjoyed hearing the Butcherbird’s song:) Happy weekend to you and yours!!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes the melodic sounds of the Butcherbird are so enchanting. My wife and I enjoyed hearing the chorus of the Magpies singing to us this morning as we lay in bed, it was so beautiful, they do it for for half an hour each morning right next to our window, what a gift.

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  3. Ah, what a wonderful, wonderful way to celebrate your wedding anniversary! Congratulations and blessings to the two of you! I guess it is safe to assume your health is better?

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    • Thanks Myra, it was a wonderful time we had away, enjoyed it all. My health is somewhat better though I still have a cough that just will not abate easily. The Lord is good and me grace to enjoy life despite it.

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  4. Wonderful gallery of birds! Happy belated Wedding Anniversary Ashley, mine is March 8th, tomorrow for us. G-d bless you two and your family. 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, Happy anniversary to you and your dear wife, hope you get to do something special for you both. Our Lord bless you both and grant you many more happy years together, as loving examples and mentors to your dear son.

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  5. What a great place to spend some time with your favourite person. And you had good weather too. Bonus.
    You did so well with the Rainbow Bee-eaters. Our families have all nested and fledged their young and have headed north again so it seems. We get about 3 months of really high activity with them, but its always over height of the summer season, and all work in open creeklines with little shade.

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    • Hmm must’ve hit the wrong key and it posted. I was going to add that I really enjoyed the Butcherbird recording, they are so melodic.
      Seems the poor old Wedgtail is still treated as vermin, we had a case in victoria where hundreds were poisoned.
      Nothing much beats quietly sitting watching them work the thermals. “The raised on eagles wings” always springs to mind.

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      • Thanks so much David, the Bee-eaters like many of the migrant birds must be considering northward. The Godwits have feeding up and oranged up to breed and fly in the next couple of weeks. The flyways will be busy for a few weeks. Yes, the Pied Butchies are exceptional songsters in my books, they are so melodic like pipes in an organ. Yes, I did read something as I prepared this post about the poisoning, so evil to destroy such a magnificent bird, which actually consumes more pest insects per day than most other birds while soaring and also destroys vermin which mankind does not want around. They very rarely take lambs, yet this is how they are treated. They don’t realize what a blessing they really are to us. I read the raised on eagles wings again. You may have heard my song I wrote some years ago ‘Rise Above It All’ where we are encouraged to rise up like eagles and see life from a larger perspective. I think it is in my Birding Sanctuary page. Enjoy you weekend, hope the weather is cooler and kinder.

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