14 comments on “The Right Place at the Right Time – Rufous Owl & Mangrove Robin.

    • Thanks Myra, yes we were greatly blessed, and especially to catch the Black Butcherbird call, as we have seen this bird up there on previous visits but never heard it call.

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  1. Congratulations, Ashley, on three new lifers! I’m happy-dancing for you, because I know the thrill! 🙂 Two weeks ago, I went on a special birding tour and got six new lifers. Posts forthcoming! 😉

    All of your photos are beautiful, the pair of Rufous Owls looking sleepy is adorable! I am especially intrigued with the gorgeous wingspan captures of the juvenile Jabaru, their black and white feather pattern is stunning!!

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    • Thanks Donna, and congratulations to you for your 6 lifers, how wonderful for you! 🙂 Our friends can’t believe we see so much on our holidays when they view my movies and slideshow productions. I think us birders enjoy and appreciate so much more of God’s beautiful creation than many, as sadly people walk through beautiful places staring into their phones and electronic devices. Looking forward to your latest adventures my friend. 🙂

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  2. Great to be able to meet a local who know only knows the area, but knows where the birds are. The number of times we’ve been in a new area and someone comes by and says, “hey, have you seen…”
    Priceless.
    And such good example of co-operation. I try and return the favour as much as possible.
    We were once photographing spinebills when a lady asked “What is that bird up there?”
    And looking up, she had found a Southern Boobook in the tree just above us.
    Humbled me no end.

    Great shots of your finds. The owls are really fascinating.

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    • Thanks David, yes it was a good unexpected tip off, and he was delighted that we could direct him to the Mangrove Robin that was nearby. What a delightful surprise to have a BooBook sitting just above, unknowingly, as you look for a different bird, that happens.:-) It is humbling when a non birder points birds out to us. I am at the point with my diminishing eyesight where I actually ask passing walkers at times to look for me, as some of my non birding friends often find birds better than I do. When my wife is with me she is a very good spotter. Have an enjoyable weekend!

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  3. Wow! Nice trip and just happening to be “at the right place at the right time.” Again. Isn’t the Lord so gracious to place where we find His Creation.
    They are all great, but I enjoy the colors of that soaring Jabaru. He is young, but the design under those wings go along with my “Artistic Birds”. Might need to borrow one of those down the line. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The mangrove robin is an adorable little bird and how fortunate you were to see those beautiful owls. I had never heard of a black butcherbird before, so that was a treat to see. Their call reminds me of the pied butcherbird. What a wonderful day you both had!

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  5. What a wonderful post showing God’s provision again in allowing you to meet the right people at the right time. Those owls have the most expressive look in their eyes and I especially liked the video with the sounds of the black butcherbirds. I’m so glad you and your wife got to see the mangrove robins as well…so exciting when we finally see a new bird we have been searching for! Blessings to you and your wife for a wonderful weekend!

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