22 comments on “Birding on the Great River Walk – Numerous Nestlings

  1. Awesome birding date, gorgeous captures, and oh the babies, so adorable, Ashley! It is so nice to see Spring happening on your side of the world, I hope you’ve been receiving more rains after the terrible drought you went through. I also hope you’ve been feeling better health-wise! Out and about with nature is always a plus to feeling better! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, yes despite the drought the birds are nesting by the rivers which are dammed or have a weir which affords them fresh water. That is why we see so many birds when we walk by rivers. Rain has been so scarce many towns dams have dried up or about to. Sydney has less than 44% water in its major dam and we are on restrictions. Desalination only adds 15%. My health is unchanged, as long as I do not over exert myself, being as active as I am. I am currently an author and a house husband, which my wife enjoys. I have two books for publish next year with school talks and visits and sales trips to do, and I am writing two more books at present. I am hoping these will leave a good legacy for our younger generation, as well as oldies also. Thank you for your loving concern and prayers, the Lord has me in his sight and it has been humbling for me to rest and trust and not rust and stress and except that my career as a senior scientist has ended. How has your health been Donna? have you moved on yet from your issues? Have an enjoyable week my friend 🙂

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      • Water is so precious for so many reasons, and it’s not until you’re required to go on any type of restrictions that people find this out. And by that point, the drought has already taken its toll on nature. 😦

        How marvelous on all the books you’re writing and the school teachings/visits you will be doing, you are one busy fella. 🙂 I feel proud to know you and the legacy you will be leaving to our younger generation. I can’t wait until your next book publishes so I can add it to my bird book collection for my grandchildren to have from me.

        Sorry to hear there’s not much change in your health, but I know you’re thankful for each day no matter the day’s worry. I am for me! Now that the stress of the last three years is over and we’re RVing again, I’m feeling better mentally. I don’t think I mentioned before, but I had a mild heart attack four years ago at the one year anniversary of my Mom’s sudden stroke & passing. It was a very rough time for me. After the cath lab, my heart was found to be fine and my attack was classified as stress-related. After the fall accident a year later and the stress that followed with our legal battle and my knee replacement, I know my husband has been super-worried about keeping me as stress-free as possible. Hence the reason we left (but still have) our primary home in northwest Maryland and rented the condo on Cambridge Creek to put us on the water with our boat. That furnished condo and our landlord were truly a Godsend. Just before going to pick up the new motorhome, we moved out of the condo and moved back home. Life is good now, I am getting better and better physically at walking for longer distances, albeit at a slower pace. 🙂

        Whew, I looked back, sorry for writing a book! 😉 I hope you find faith and strength in your travels north this week in the areas of devastation.

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      • Thanks so much dear friend for filling me in as to your journey through the rough waters of the recent few years, I appreciate you sharing, as I love to learn about people and how they weather their struggles, as we can learn from each other, just as we do the birds. I am so glad you are doing better now and that you are able to get out and about, as I was concerned that things were not well with you some time back, as she mentioned briefly without detail. Keeping the stress down is one of my primary teachings, as I firstly counsel myself, and then through talks and books others. Learning to REST and TRUST remain two of our main objectives the Lord wants us all to learn. Not stress and rust, as I say. I love that you had that place over looking the bay, it was such God Gift to you both, and healing for you to enjoy the Osprey family and other avian arrivals. Legal battles can be very stressful in themselves, but sorry to read of you mum, my mum went the same way, so I have to be careful with my diet and other things. It was sad for me in that my mum did not know who I was in her last year, which broke my heart. I am so blesed I love and speak into the lives of my children and grandies. My grandson is 11 today and I was so delighted to hear his excited voice this morning when I greeted him on the phone. Richest Blessings dear sister, you are much loved and appreciated, and a great encouragement to me, as your spirit and passion overflows through your most valued comments here. 🙂

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      • Grandkids are the best! I chat or video-chat with my three (8, 3 1/2, 2 1/2) weekly, sometimes more often. My youngest one insists my daughter call to see Grammy and Pop Pop almost daily, lol. All three melt my heart over and over, they are pretty special.

        I loved how you said we need to learn to rest and trust, not stress and rust. How wonderful to put it, I’ll not forget it!

        Ashley, you have been the wind beneath my wings at times with your inspirational posts and words of faith. Thank you, my friend, from the bottom of my heart. ❤

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  2. HI Ashley, just wanted to let you know your post title came to my email. but is not showing up on wordpress. Wanted to alert you so we can all see your pics! Have a great day! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Lisa Beth, I am so blessed to know how this blog blesses you dear sister, you are such an encouragement to us both! We sense our Lord with us when we go birding together, and it adds such a special touch to each birding date. 🙂

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  3. Thanks again for sharing. My favorite this time is the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. Neatly colored little bird, but I like it’s appearance. Another great creation from His Hands.

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    • Thanks Lee, yes my wife loves these colorful little birds also and gets quite excited when she sees them, they stand out so well in the sunlight. It is a bird that we do not see often, and you have to go out to where it is, often in a small area of scrubby bush. 🙂

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  4. Wow, what a great day out you had! The videos of the baby birds in the nest was awesome, and I love the mannikin birds…they are just striking! A beautiful weekend to you and your wife, and maybe another birding date. Happy spring to you both! 🙂

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    • Thanks Jen, we were so blessed to see so many babies in one morning. Yes, the Mannikins are a beautiful little bird we seldom see, it was a great bonus. This was a wonderful birthday weekend for me, and we went to a large inland country city visiting my wife’s family and saw some great birds there which will be in my next post. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Thanks Brighamstephen, so glad you enjoy our beautiful birds and hope you continue to learn as I do from your posts. There so much we can learn about life from our birds, as they bring so much delight and appreciation into our lives. Thanks again for sharing and enjoy your week!

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  5. What a great day out, Like HJ I’d be pretty impressed to see that number in a week, let alone a day.
    We are pretty much weathered in at the moment, but have to pause to consider those in the fire zones at the moment.
    I fear we are going to have a catastrophic summer if things keep going the way they are. The spring grasses are already of an running and in many places up to waist height. Make it difficult for the hunting birds, and once it drys out a huge fuel load.

    Beaut to see the Scissorgrinders we have to travel a bit to see them, but love to hear their call. Thanks for the fine views of the Dusky Woodswallows. They are around locally, but in lots of smaller groups rather than massed flocks. not sure why.

    Good luck with the latest version of your book

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    • Thanks David, yes it was a truly blessed time for us both, and we only had walked several meters and it all started unfolding. The severe drought has drawn many birds to best by the large fresh water rivers. The fires are raging here and in Queensland at the moment, over 60, and many homes gone and several dead. Some bad ones near my daughter and brother. My brother and his wife can’t get home this weekend as they are cut off by fires across the highway up north as are many thousands of people including trucks. My daughter is cut off from food supplies as are the people in their town, they have to cook rice as the town supplies run out. This Tuesday is meant to be the most catastrophic of all time, so we are praying for reprieve and a miracle. We were away out south west on the weekend and saw woodswallows that were newly fledged and being fed near Lake Albert in Wagga, which I will be posting. It was a great followup of their next stage of development, as we will not be able to revisit Penrith for some time to see those ones growing. Thanks also for your well wishes for the book, the books keep me busy at the moment in between home duties. Hoping you have a better week weatherwise, and that you get to explore outdoors again. I heard you got some wintery blasts again, and so did Tassie. I just hope the next few days are not as bad for you as they will be for us.:-)

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    • Thanks HJ, We do consider ourselves truly blessed to have so many different species close at hand, and that we now can make the time to travel away on day trips and weekends, as our families have grown up and left home. The great advantage is that both my wife and I enjoy birding together, and we still get excited watching our local birds bathing in our birdbaths. While we were away over the weekend the baths were dry, Just after getting home I cleaned and refilled them and stood inside watching from the window, as I knew many of them were waiting for me to refill, As I predicted, within a couple of minutes they all flew in and took turns swimming and drinking and left. I regard these birds as my pets, and they regard us as their friends, yet they are wild birds. Our friends are amazed how tame they have become, and sit in the courtyard with us watching them wash and perform only a couple of feet away. They have to be careful they don’t get splashed or the birds don’y shake themselves above them. Have a wonderful week HJ, and praying your medical conditions and future operations all bring about lasting improvement to your health. 🙂

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