19 comments on “Down Among the Leaf Litter – A Walk in the Rainforest Part 3

  1. You surely are a professor of birds – thank you for availing your wonderful findings! I enjoyed the stroll into the Wianamatta Nature Reserve, how I wish I could see those kangaroos and wallabys.
    I must say, re John Gould and others, exploiting and abusing wildlife is a terrible offense to our Creator. The Lord gave us all these creatures, including the “birds of the air” as extolled in Psalm 8:6-8. God will hold them accountable!
    Thank you again brother! By the way, I highly recommend, What Birds Teach Us – they teach us A LOT! Great book!

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    • Thank so much Lisa Beth, I always get so encouraged by your comments, and a big smile comes to my face and my heart dear sister. Thanks also for your review of my book and your kind recommendation. Enjoy your time away dear sister ! 🙂

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      • Thank you brother! I cant tell you how beautiful it is, up on this mountain. One morning, at 3:45am, one bird sang out and by 4am there was an unbelievable symphony ..what a joy came over me!

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      • Wow ! Lisa Beth that is such a heavenly experience ! I know what that is like. It is witnessing creation worshiping together in harmony their glorious and gracious Creator and all we can do is stand in awe of Him and his amazing works. Thanks dear sister you have been a great encouragement to me today.

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  2. I’m happy to hear you have your lens back, it’s like the return of an old friend! I still have enjoyed your videos, including these in this post. I did not know John Gould, and now I am sorry to hear about the destruction of birds he accomplished for his own wealth and attention. On a happy note, I can’t help but smile and laugh at the kangaroos/wallabys, they are entertaining for sure! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, it is good to be able to use my camera again, especially since it has been fully reconditioned. Glad the Kangas gave you a smile, you never know what the Eastern Greys are going to do when they encounter you, they are usually larger than these down south, and the males can be quite protective.

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  3. What beautiful and peaceful videos and how lovely that you have such a place nearby to retreat and reflect, and, of course, birdwatch. The Lyrebird reminds me of a small peacock, beautiful, and amazing you could get so close. I pray all is well with your and your family and for your upcoming book release. God Bless, and enjoy your camera lens!

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    • Thanks Jen, so good to hear from you again, it has been 5 months since you last posted, and we have been praying you and the family have been keeping well. Yes, have been enjoying social distancing in the rainforest, and making friends with Lyrebirds, which do have some similarity to Peacocks. We have been keeping well so far, and have several of our children staying with us for various reasons which makes our quiet little home somewhat interesting. I have been enjoying having my lens back after 5 months though it did cost a lot more than expected as they kept finding thins to fix. Enjoy your week my friend:-)

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      • Wow, did not know it had been that long. Life gets busy! I am glad to hear you and your family are doing well! Yes, extra family can certainly make life more interesting 😉 but special, especially in unsettling times. I pray a wonderful upcoming week to you and your family. 🙂 God Bless, and thank you for your prayers, I have been praying for my blogger friends , which certainly includes you, during this time as well.

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  4. Hello Ashley,
    What a perfect way to start my morning! I am so glad I “waited” for the right moment to slowly read through and enjoy your post. The Superb Lyrebird is stunning, and it must have been extra special to feel a peaceful connection with the birds.
    I am very glad your camera will be back in action soon, and also hope your wife will continue to share her lovely photos too 🙂

    Wishing you a blessed, safe and healthy week ahead!
    Takami

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    • Thanks Takami, delighted you enjoyed the rainforest walk, it is so peaceful and relaxing. The scent, the colours and shapes, the filtered light on the palm fronds and of course the sounds of happy birds calling and running water, sometimes waterfalls and lastly the sensation of the coolness, gentle breezes and texture of the bark on the trees. A truly mindful adventure. I received my camera back on Saturday, there were a number of repairs, so it did cost a lot more than expected, but I am happy I can do images again. Yes my wife enjoys being second camera, as she can capture the larger picture my zoom can’t. You also enjoy a healthy happy week my friend:-)

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  5. Hi Ashley, isn’t a wonderful moment when you get up close to a wild bird or animal and it just goes about its business and is not bothered by your presence, like your experience with the lyrebird. You can’t help but marvel at the wildlife and the moment stays with you for a long time, it is that special. Of course, as soon as you try and pull out your camera to record the moment, it breaks the spell and the moment is over!

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is such a buzz to walk close to wild birds and animals and have their trust. I enjoy that with many bird species, for some reason they trust me. I think it is because I have learned their tolerance levels for movement and eye contact. Birds will come right up to me at home in the courtyard only a foot away to check me out. Yes, they are always suspicious of the camera, though I was surprised that these Lyrebird was not worried at all.

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