17 comments on “Clear Calm Winter Skies – and Rapturous Raptors

  1. A post full of great photos Ashley. I especially love the ones of the wedge tailed eagle. I’ve just come back from 3 days at Cradle Mountain and saw 2 wedgies riding the thermals up high one afternoon on one of my walks. So beautiful to watch.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is a real buzz to watch wedgies ride the thermals, especially against a blue Winter sky, which is the best light to get full plumage undercarriage colouration. Lovely that you got to have a few days at Cradle, especially in winter when most never holiday there.

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    • Thanks Jewels, yes it is a blessing that we live near where the whales pass. The good thing also is they come past twice a year, north to mate and have babies and back south bringing their new calves with them when they travel slower, that’s when we mostly go out to see them.

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  2. Birds AND whales? Now I’m jealous! Thank you brother, for speaking of the “morning chorus”. I hadn’t heard it before and, during a restless night, this “chorus” seemed conducted from heaven, echoing on this mountain into my heart. Thank you Ashley, for once again delivering the truths of God through His glorious creation.

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    • Thanks you Lisa Beth for sharing your love of our Lord’s Creation. So glad you and Bob have a lovely time away, and experienced the wonder of Creation worshiping. Last Sunday morning it was like a symphony of the families each adding their chorus to a song of thanksgiving. Blessings dear sister for a wonderful week.

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  3. With my love for Osprey, first, I’ve got to say that a big smile crossed my face when I saw your first photo was an Osprey, Ashley. 😊 And then more of her, a whale breaching, and all those awesome captures of the White-bellied and Wedge-tailed Eagles completed a much enjoyed post (with me loving Eagles so much too!). I’ve been back and forth enjoying your photos of these three magnificent raptors, in WOW just two days, what a wonderful gift and keen eye!

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    • Yes Donna, Osprey is your middle name 🙂 Our Eastern Osprey probably looks very similar to your Western Osprey, though your photos so surpass my own, for clarity and interest. It was such a blessing for you to live next to the nest. The Sea Eagle is our most seen raptor from where I live, the Wedgie is in fewer numbers due to the horrible bounty of the last hundred years. I am delighted you enjoyed our soaring giants. Have a wonderful week my friend 🙂

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    • Thanks Lee, it is so nice to have cold weather after our extreme Summer, and even a greater blessing to get regular rain again, for these we are truly thankful, and so are the birds which are slowly returning to normal, what is left of them. I noticed a massive dust storm sweeping your nation, hope it clears soon. There is always something challenging happening in our lands, as we move through these last days.


  4. What a fine day out you were able to enjoy. Super looks at some fine raptors at work.
    Particularly enjoyed the shot of the woodswallow feeding the young.
    Do you get Brahminy Kites in that area? A bird I would love to photograph.

    Seems every post around at moment has a magpie in residence, which is good as they had been quiet or absent recently

    Thanks for the interesting details.

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    • Thanks David, yes we get Brahminy Kites only occasionally this far south, but more northward. The further north the more you see them. I use to see them often cruising with the Sea Eagle over the Mid North and North Coasts of NSW and northern Queensland. They are so brilliant on a clear day contrasting against the blue sky in the sunlight, a beautiful bird to photograph.I was amazed while at Wagga how many small Magpie families resided in a 200 metre radius beside Lake Albert, and to hear each family caroling in the morning chorus was magical, male and female. I noticed that they only existed in small family groups here, raising one or two young, unlike some of the suburbs of Sydney where there are very large clans, which Gisela speaks about, Likewise, we see more magpies since the rain, mainly territorial family groups.


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