10 comments on “Birding Benefits of Good Friends – The Pacific Baza & Australian King Parrot.

  1. Incredible post on sightings and captures/videos, Ashley! And when out and about for other reasons to boot, awesome! 🙂 Marvelous flight shots of the Baza, love their underwing pattern and how interestingly different they are from the ‘normal’ raptor. And the Australian King Parrots, what a treat to be able to sit with friends and they come for your enjoyment. They are quite beautiful! Finally, I have to say what a stunning shot of the Masked Lapwing with its protruding wing spurs!! Have a great weekend, my friend!

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    • Thanks Donna, you have such a beautiful appreciation of God’s Creation, especially our avian friends, I love your joyful passionate and encouraging spirit this is greatly appreciated my friend, enjoy the rest of your weekend also 🙂

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  2. Such a variety of wonderful pictures in this post. I really love the picture of the spread wings of the raptor and the cockatoo peeking out! Your wood ducks look different from ours, and our male wood duck does not help with raising the ducklings as yours does…I like your male more!! I’m glad you and your wife were able to enjoy the company of good friends. Those precious times with friends are priceless. Blessings to you and yours!

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    • Thanks Jen, it is a beautiful bird to behold when the wings are extended, and ye your wood duck is far more attractive and interesting than ours. Friends are so important to a good life, and we are thankful for them all, including our blog friends, Richest blessings in return to you and the family also, for a restful and enjoyable Spring weekend.

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  3. Hi Ashley, meant to also add Good luck with the career direction changes. I too some years back found myself examining a new and different course after many years of faithful work.
    May your good nature and excellent credentials bring you even more successes.

    Travel well.

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    • Thanks David, it is a a very strange time in life, to have to leave a career you love and have spent a lifetime doing, to have to start over again in a different direction, and thanks for sharing, it is encouraging to talk with friends who have been through it already. 🙂

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  4. Great shot of the Masked Lapwing. It is an interesting leap for them to come inland. They certainly don’t seem to have yet developed a safety stragergy for their nests.
    We have a pair that regularly nest in the medium strip on a fourlane road, she seems to survive lawn mowing and occasional animals, but the young are quickly reduced by the trucks on the road as the young run about.

    Looks like the Woodducks (sorry maned ducks) have had a good season. They always seem to enjoy one another’s comany.

    Thanks for the insights.
    DJ

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    • Thanks David, true they do suffer losses due to unwise nesting choices. Sad that they chose the centre of highway, but they do seem to choose the craziest places sometimes, though golfers know when they are nesting, as golf courses are popular. Years ago on my property up north they had a nest near my Kiwifruit orchard, they use to give curry to my little toy foxy every time he cross the paddock. He could never work out why they attacked him. I was out mowing on the ride on one day and wqent over their shallow nest with four eggs in it, but they were only just deep enough to miss the tyre. Next day I went to look and the eggs were all hatched/open and their contents gone. Not sure what came of them as they disappeared from the paddock.

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  5. Those king parrot photos came out remarkably well considering the fading light.
    Pop in any time. We learnt so much about our backyard birds😀

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