16 comments on “When Rare becomes Everywhere – Birding Away from Home

  1. Lovely post, and in this one I really was amazed at the bird using spider web for its nest and thrilled that you were able to film the kingfisher. I saw three belted kingfishers last week at a distance, as always, seemingly chasing each other about the creek . I have never seen them up close so I can imagine what a thrill that was. Thank you for your insight about life’s bridges and changes….very nicely said. I look forward to your new book, and as always prayers for your health, employment and peace to both you and your wife. God bless!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes the Kingfishers are wonderful to watch, especially when their flash of colour catches the sunlight while they are fishing. Years ago on my country property I build a seat near our dam to sit with my wife or children to watch the kingfisher fish, it was a lovely experience. We are blessed with several different species and they are all beautiful. Thanks again for your prayers and blessings they are greatly appreciated. We are continuing to investigate ways to bring solution to my health issues, seeking direction as I cross this bridge. Blessings to you and the family, and an enjoyable Summer. Winter has struck again here this week.

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  2. Thanks for an interesting post Ashley, several birds I’ve not heard about before. I love the sunbird, that would be beautiful to watch, and what a strange call from the scrub fowl, your description of it as bloodcurdling is spot on! Also loved the little kingfisher, what a cute little bird. Hope you are having a good weekend. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes you really have to wake up to the sound of the Scrubfowl to realise how raucous and loud it really is. Have a wonderful weekend! My daughter and her family are having a week in Launceston the week after next and will be exploring your wetland area among other places.

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      • I hope your daughter and her family bring plenty of warm clothing with them as it’s still quite cold here and we’re still getting fog and frosts. I hope they enjoy their time in Lonnie. 🙂

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      • Thanks Sue I will remind them, I have already warned them and also mentioned the beautiful winter forest scenery you blogged last week, she is looking forward to see it, as we miss it at its best because we come in Summer.

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      • I forgot to mention that your daughter and her family might like to see royal spoonbills hanging out at the Wetlands, they can be seen from the car park and entrance. I was told they are not normally seen in the area so it’s a treat to see them. 🙂

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      • Thanks for that Sue,I will mention it to her. Yes, the field guides do not place the Royal Spoonbill in Tasmania at all, so the drought may have caused them to fly further south.

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  3. My, what big feet the Comb Crested Jacana have, I can understand the nickname! 🙂 I loved seeing the video, thank you for sharing it, Ashley. So many awesome sightings and lovely photos, especially the Mistletoebird and Little Kingfisher (love that video too!). Your message on our bridges in life’s journey is very true, and hits home personally. I wish you well, my friend! Happy Sunday!

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    • Thanks Donna, it was delightful watching thee little creatures in their daily life they are so cute. Yes it has been a challenging year for us and also for you and your husband, we keep praying and trusting God as he has it already worked out and it will happen at the right time, his perfect time. Meanwhile we enjoy his favor in this interim period. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Fantastic gallery of birds! You find all kinds of birds it’s amazing. Thank you, Ashley. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  5. Great post and enjoyed the videos. I’ve seen the Jacana’s photos before, but enjoyed how he walks along and then has to short fiight it to the next leaves. 🙂 Also, that Sunbird gather webs is interesting.
    Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Thanks Lee, We love the Jacanas such a delight to watch them hop over the lily pads. Yes quite a number of our small birds use spider web to make sock nests, the Mistletoe bird included. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Once again the Lord blessed me thru this site. How fabulous to catch and tape these hidden gems! Thank you brother. Looking forward to your next book, the first was beautiful.
    Will be praying for you and your wife, may the Lord lead you step by step, revealing Himself along the way.

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