15 comments on “Ah! It’s Not A Birdless Autumn – They Are Just Very Quiet

  1. Wonderful post and message, Ashley. Since it was last, I’ll mention it first, love the Osprey and scripture together. 🙂 great photos by your wife and videos by you! I loved the video of the female Golden Whistler, she really had a cute eye on you before taking off. Love that Sydney Gum Tree, how cool it repairs. Your video of the palm forest is exactly what it looks like down in Florida’s Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve.

    It is rapidly changing for the worse here in the U.S., we left Florida this morning and making our way north. We’re going to our RV lot we own in a remote area in SC til whenever. Feel safer there than going home to mid-Atlantic where population is high. As a mom, I am beyond worried for my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. They are both medical professionals and are handling numerous patients positive with the virus. Medical supplies are low, they are issued one mask a week. I am leaning on God for my anxieties as I talk positive to them to keep their faith. And then I break down in tears after hanging up. They are exhausted and scared. They cant isolate at home from our grandson. Will you keep them in your prayers for me? May our Lord keep you and your family safe too, Ashley.

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    • Thanks Donna, I have been putting a lot of encouragement stuff up on Facebook to church, family and friends at this time, and this is one of them. We are praying daily for your daughter and family as we know what it is like to be in the front line, my wife also in a similar situation today. I do hope you find a place to shelter from all this chaos, I am confined to home as it is safest for me with my age and chronic conditions, though we will shop tomorrow out of necessity. Our children are likewise either working from home or finding safer ways to and from work. We have seen on the news how bad it is over there, it is so sad Trump did not act sooner. We are glad our Christian Prime Minister acted quickly, and all parts of parliament, including the opposition parties are working together for once, which is a blessing in itself. Though it should have been 2 weeks earlier we medical people thought. Police and army are now enforcing distancing and staying at home. It is like a war, as we all have been spared going to war for several generations, and this one is worse because the enemy uses stealth and is unseen. Meditate and pray over Psalm 91 and claim the blessing Moses did when he wrote it. Many are sighting and sharing this Psalm at this time and finding peace in the storm. Remember Jesus is also in the boat, even if he appears to be asleep, if he says we will go to the other side of the lake, we will, but yes our humanity kicks in and fear, the tool the enemy to hurt us and take our trust off Jesus can upset us as we let it. Luke 8:22-25. The great truth and comfort is that he who started a good work in us will complete it when Jesus returns (Phil 1:3) and all this chaos will be used of our Lord to bring good into all our lives, many may also turn to him for help at this time and be saved also, though at this point it does not seem so, just chaos. (Rom 8:28). We can only see the back of the unfinished tapestry God is forming, one day he will call us around to his side, and see his beautiful handiwork in all his purposes. One thing is for sure, Christ defeated our enemy on the cross, so we have authority to prevent him scaring us any longer, we are loved and cherished by our Heavenly Father so press into his arms and stay close to his heart. (Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart”) Shalom dear sister 🙂
      https://aussiebirder.com/donna/

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      • I appreciate your beautiful reply, Ashley, I was able to read it earlier today while we were traveling, which was wonderful during the long hours of thought. Reading it again is already helpful. I just copied/pasted it to my desktop for quick access to reread and lean on many times more to come. I did forget your wife was a health professional, may she stay well while she assists others with the virus too. I also enjoyed your song, and I’ll be back to listen to it again and again. I thank you so much for your prayers for my kids and I will keep you both in mine. These are trying times. Bless you, Ashley, your friendship has helped me more than you know…. 🙏

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  2. Another beautiful post Ashley. I’m glad you and your wife were able to get some good videos and pics before things shut down for you.
    Questions…Do you know why the father magpie was keeping the youth away form the food? I love the picture of the bird in your brother-in-laws hand…a truly beautiful visual of how God takes care of us indeed. Prayers for you to stay safe and well friend, you and your loved ones.

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    • Thanks Jen, yes it is difficult for all nature lovers at the moment and fellow bloggers and birders share the same concern. We advocate that our birding activities would not endanger anyone as we bird in unpopulated areas and we only go out in twos, which meets the criteria, but because of the careless antics of some they have had to bring in drastic measures to try and contain the pandemic in our country. Our biggest problem is that many people in our city do not have an honest ethic and lie even to their doctor, which puts many in danger. The father magpie is responsible for training and feeding the youngster, you will notice the female has little at all to do with it, this is the way they operate. I was taken back by the spike of aggression in the video also, As magpies are very intelligent and very much like humans in many ways they do life, it could be that the adult male, being the alpha male, was enforcing his authority over the youngster and being possibly selfish in that situation. However, as a responsible father knows how to give good things to his children ( as per Jesus words) it could also be, that what the father deemed the object which the youngster was seeking to eat may have been unsuitable and needed his approval, as at this age the father would still be feeding the youngster. Phew! I hope that helps, it is an interesting aside from the usual behaviour, either of the two options could be true, as Magpie dads do take their role very seriously as the youngster can only survive if taught correctly, as it is all learnt behaviour, unlike the lesser intelligent birds who just start foraging on their own after hatching without any instruction, such as our Australian Brush Turkey. Praying that you
      and your family are kept safe my friend. My eldest grandson turns 18 tomorrow and we have had to do a Zoom birthday party online. It is my wife’s also, and we can’t do our usual day out. Our holiday doing Paul’s travels is cancelled as are all our friends and families, and so it goes on. The internet has certainly become an essential item at this time as we all do church online. Blessings dear sister. Shalom 🙂

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      • I hope you grandson and wife had a nice birthday despite the unusual circumstances of the time. I am so sorry about your holiday being canceled, it sounds like it would have been very interesting indeed. Yes, the internet connections are certainly a blessing at this time. God bless! And thank you for the explanation of the Magpie behavior…I love when both parents help raise the little ones!!

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      • Thanks Jen, my wife had to work today, being a medico, but we are having cake tonight and sharing a Zoom party with my grandson and his family, and my daughter and hers also tonight. This is the new socializing we have without socializing. We are now working out what we will do for the holiday time, and whether she will be needed to work because of the current situation. Praying you all keep safe, thanks again for your encouragement, it is appreciated my friend. 🙂

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  3. Love the Water Dragon! Birding is top of my list lately, but reptiles were my first love all through the 90’s. Thanks for another well written nature journal and great photos! William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

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    • Thanks William, Yes the water dragon is always a plus to see sunning itself. I can see several in their own little territories in a park standing motionless in the morning sun with their heads raised and looking out of the corner of their eye at me as I approach. Some grow quite large and will let you pass as they watch, while others scurry off to the water, which they are never far from. The males have a bright orange breast. The best photo I have ever taken is not of a bird but of a male Eastern Water Dragon, which I have several prints of at art shows. Here is a link to the photo, hope you like it:
      https://aussiebirder.com/water-dragon/

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  4. Hello Ashley, Strange times indeed. I wonder if the birds wont’ benefit from our being out of their way for awhile. 🙂

    We snuck in an afternoon with some recently fledged Black-shouldered Kites, yesterday before the lockdown, the area is just too far away to justify risking the wrath of the constabulary. And besides they have better things to do than deal with old birdos.

    There seems little one can do other than hope the authorities have the right handle on the moment and by all doing the right thing this will pass.
    Beaut set of photos, especially the Eastern Yellow Robin.

    Remain.

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    • Thanks David, yes it is a bit dicey about getting out these days for one reason or the other. We were hoping to go out for the day for my wife’s birthday, but those plans were canned after the last restriction announcement. Glad you got the Kites before the shut down, at least we are in two’s and social distancing while birding, it is a shame it has come to this. There are young people in Sydney are treating it as a joke. Maybe when the disease hits someone close to them, and they are greatly affected, then they might take it more seriously. Yes we hoping ScoMo has got it right. One good thing is seeing the two parties working together rather than arguing over unimportant issues. I was impressed when Anthony Abanese said at this time he would rather be called the Labour Party then the Opposition, because they are working so well together. I will tell Robyn you liked her Robin, she will be delighted. Praying you both keep well through this time, as we navigate these uncharted waters 🙂

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  5. Hi Ashley, great post once again, and good footage of those pesky noisy miners. The poor kookaburras, I’ve seen that happen many times to other larger birds too. And I agree, it is going to be slim pickings now since all the national parks are closed and we’re to stay home with a few exceptions. Even my beloved Wetlands is closed, so I am trying to find new walking routes close to home that might offer up some form of wildlife for me to watch and photograph. Have a good week, as best as you can under the circumstances. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, sad the wetlands are closed also. It is my wife’s birthday in a couple of days and we were planning an outing, and now it is possibly not happening. The thing is, if we did go out birding now we would go on our own in places people rarely go, keeping our social distancing rule, but they are stopping us from doing that also. I hope you find something interesting to do at home. I was planning the release of my next book, but that is on hold also. Keep Safe my friend 🙂

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  6. It is a strange new world indeed! I myself have done similar with isolation for a while due to chronic illness, but friends and family are really having a hard time. And not being able to get icecream when I’d like it is definitely a bit different. However, I’d rather this than to be a contributor to the spread of this virus.

    I have taken to start getting to know my local magpies, Ravens and currawongs 😀 such smart little buddies. I see this as an opportunity to focus in on things close to my home, whether it be bugs or birds 😀 Or Corellas seemed to have moved on for the year – I was looking forward to watching their antics 😦

    I haven’t had a chance to show my niece your page yet – trying to stay away from her.

    As they say, be safe 🙂

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    • Thanks Lolipops, I do hope you do well through this time, especially with your chronic illness. I likewise have to keep home now for similar reasons. I will pray for you and your family, it is a very uncertain time, and we all need peace and wisdom to navigate the journey. We are trying to limit our need to shop and go out. It is my wife’s birthday in a couple of days and it looks like we can’t go out and enjoy the day together. That is so lovely that you are getting to know your birds. The Maggies are so intelligent. If you make friends with them, they will not forget you as a friend. I have several wild birds that drop into my birdbaths daily and they know I am their friend and will sometimes let me watch them bathe standing nearby. I love the alpha male Maggie he is such a robust and regal bird, when he comes to the bath the others flee. Yes I have noticed the Corellas have left here also. We had a large flock nearby that use to come and go at night, as it is safer then. Many birds are searching out seed cones from pines and Casuarina which will be in abundance after Summer. I am hoping the Yellow-tail Cockatoos will return soon. Stay safe my friend, and thanks for sharing I appreciate it 🙂

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