22 comments on “Where Have All the Birds Gone? – An Autumn Birding Date

    • Thanks Sue, yes it is a very unknown road ahead. We have had to cancel our holiday and keep to ourselves as much as possible. The normalizer is that everyone else in the world is suffering likewise, some more than others. You stay safe also and be at peace now that Tassie is cut off from the mainland. Thankfully we have enough toilet paper at present. 🙂

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      • Hi Ashley, sorry to hear you had to cancel your holiday. I had to cancel a birdwatching tour in the UK in May, it was going to be a trip of a lifetime for me, and I was also going to spend time with my best friend who lives in West Yorkshire, but will have to try for next year now. It’s so disappointing. But as you say, there are so many others in the same boat. I hope this thing gets nipped in the bud quickly and we don’t end up like other countries. It may be contained quickly, if everyone adheres to the rules, which unfortunately some people think don’t apply to them. The shops here appear to be getting back to almost normal level of supplies now, except for soap and hand sanitiser which is as rare as hens teeth. At least for the moment, we can still get outdoors for some peace and reflection in nature and enjoy the wildlife.

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      • Sad that your holiday had to be cancelled also Sue. Would have been wonderful. We loved birding in the UK some years ago. We have many more varieties of bird here though. I had a couple of UK birders follow my blog when I returned. You are so correct, if everyone does their part to stay safe this time will surely pass much sooner and with far less casualties. Sydney still has panic buyers and many shelves empty. At least now that he bus loads of opportunists, need I say where they come from, that have been raping our stores to sell on the black market, are now on notice by the government, and are being investigated. Keep safe my friend.

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  1. I’ve been meditating on Psalm 91 for the past couple of weeks after the Lord brought it to mind while I was talking to Him about my fears about Covid-19. Thank you for sharing it here. Stay well, my friend! 🙂

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    • Thanks Jewels, so glad the Lord has us both on the same page. His peace is so amazing. I remember singing this little chorus years ago when going through painful and uncertain times: ‘Thou will keep him/you in perfect peace, who’s mind is stayed on Thee…” – Is. 20:3 Singing this chorus over and over actually brought peace and relief from the pain I was suffering after a being injured from a road accident, as I was driven in the ambulance to hospital. In such an uncertain and unprecedented time in the history as this, where such a tiny invisible virus can inflict such fear and devastation in all areas of life for modern man, who revels in his own wisdom and ability to save himself, as he moves forward in a godless world fashioned for himself, a new world order of secular humanism, where peace and rest cannot be found in its purposeless selfish culture. The lies, delusion and deception of the enemy are heard continuously as the media uses alarmist voices to report gloom and doom stirring up fear, which is the enemy’s main tool opposing faith in the Lord, who over 360 times says ‘Do not be afraid’ and often follows it with ‘…because I AM with you.’ . Here in Australia I ask where are the church leaders, where is the call to the nation to prayer. Our prime minister is a born again believer but is afraid to speak out in this way. Despite all this We have a very big God !, and a very big Jesus ! in whom our hope is secure as we rest under his feathers and he keeps us safe. Paul learnt the secret of contentment in every situation, which I believe he shared in the preceding verses Phil 4:4-7. Yes peace through abiding trust and obedience, with the assurance that God only ever does us good, because Good this is his essential nature. Worry takes the trust of a situation out of God’s hands because the worrier (not the warier) does not believe God is able to do all that he says, and there is no joy or peace in doing this. With David we can rejoice in hope, because the Lord is my Shepherd and therefore I have no need or desire, other than to be with him in his presence where there is fullness of joy. Ps. 16:11 Shalom dear sister 🙂

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  2. What a great series Ashley, and one I can sympathise with, as we’ve had a few days recently which ended up being fine walks, but very little birds for the effort.
    Strange as many of the usual water birds have departed, and the smaller bush birds are either moulting for winter, and in hiding, or have found more lucrative areas.

    The Kestrel is hands-down my favourite raptor. They have gifted me over several seasons to enter their world and follow their nesting efforts. Something humbling about a small brown raptor sitting on a fence at arm’s length watching its surrounds, being close enough to see the chest feathers rise and fall as it breaths.
    Glad you got some fine sunlight to bring out the rich colors of her dress.

    Hope that you camera is on the mend soon, and your own health is improving.

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    • Thanks David, interesting time of year for us all. I have noted that there is a window of about three weeks in March each year where birds seem to disappear. We wend for a walk in the Nasho (Royal NP) on Wednesday and the creeks and waterfalls were all flowing well but no birds but for a few Miners, Cockies and Lories. One Whistler was still calling, going out of season. Interesting my Grey Butcherbirds who sings to me every day, and always call when they sees me come in and out of the house as they watch me from the top of a tall Casuarina nearby, recently changed their tune, and has a single repetitive call now rather than several calls which changed throughout the day while they were nesting and raising their 2 fledglings. Interesting times as birds never seen in Sydney have recently appeared having been pushed by cyclonic winds from NW WA like Red and White-tailed Tropic Birds to name two, being found exhausted and disorientated. Yes it is a beautiful little bird, the Kestrel, and seemed quite content with our presence most the time, and never flew off while we watched and filmed from below. It was a beautiful experience for us also, it helped make our day, and was the special gift of the day, especially for my wife as her photos turned out well and they, for a change were featured on the blog. Have a good weekend my friend and stay safe. Its not fire or flood now, but virus that we say Stay Safe from. Our overseas trip is not happening now, as we try to work out how to have a holiday next month in the midst of the current environment.

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  3. Btw, I sometimes have difficulty posting comments on your blog. This happened today, for example, with your fascinating Wattlebirds post. For some reason, although I can ‘like’ the post, when I click on the comment icon, no space to ‘Reply to this post’ appears. It didn’t work on WP or even directly on your website. Any ideas??

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    • Thanks so much for letting me know of the problem you had. I apologise for the difficulty and have rectified it with help from WordPress. It was due to a Setting which gives the option to close Comments after so many days. I had it set at 14 days. I was unaware of this setting and have since removed the setting to never close the comments. Most bloggers have commented by 2 weeks, but there are others at times like yourself, for various reasons that come on weeks later, so I am thankful you took the time to inform me. If you see other blogs that have ‘Comments have closed,’ at the foot of the last comment, and no comment box available, it will be the same for them also. I do appreciate you, your interesting blog posts and our blogging friendship 🙂

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  4. I’m so happy to hear that the natural order of things is beginning to return to Australia, AB. I loved your shots of the secretive Bittern – so much like our American Bittern, who also is a master at hiding in the reeds and grasses.

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    • Thanks BJ, yes the rain has made so much difference here. It was so nice to hear waterfalls and creeks running yesterday on our bushwalk, though there was not a lot of bird calls, which is normal for early Autumn. It was such a buzz to watch the Bittern moving through the reeds without moving them. The way they stick their neck up and look like a reed. The humorous part was that our small group of birders that had assembled from all over to see this Aussie Bittern were looking so intently out into the reeds, and the bird was only three feet away from us all the time, it was only when a young birder sighted it half an hour later that we saw it sleuth away. Stay safe my friend at this disconcerting time in global history 🙂

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      • That sounds like such a Bittern story! 😅 And good for the ‘young birder’ – it’s wonderful that you promote such excitement and enthusiasm for birds, birding, and nature among kids of all ages with all of your programs and resources! Hoping you and yours are all keeping safe as well!

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    • Thanks Donna, and so true it is truly reinvigorating especially now that my heart has been normal again after so long. It has been 14 days so far and we are so thankful to our Lord for this second chance. The Black Swan are elegant but sad they have lost so many babies here due to a multiplicity of raptor, which feed off the hundreds of birds which are normally there. Most of us are self isolating at the moment to try and stop this virus spreading, so a walk in the park or reserve is one of the few ways to do this and enjoy being outside and away from people.:-)

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  5. It is funny to me to hear of autumn approaches as we experience blooming flowers and mounting pollen here in the States! Beautiful photos and great narrative. Thanks for sharing and God Bless! William

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    • Thanks William, yes the seasons being turned around makes for interesting variations for us bloggers, sharing different experiences. Thanks again for your encouraging comments and enjoy your week 🙂

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  6. I’m so glad that all the fears of the forest fires are over, and a renewal is in effect. Everything will be looking even better than before. Wonderful gallery of birds. 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, yes it is good that we now have rain and the fires are out, it is now the virus threat that is causing people to go mad. So glad my heart is staying in tune after almost 2 weeks. Enjoy the week and stay safe!

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