22 comments on “Return to Birding Dates – Seeking Freshwater Birds (Part 2)

  1. Hello Ashley,
    I am very glad I waited till the weekend to enjoy yet another wonderful birding update!
    The little grebes mating plumage is brilliant, and I never tire of hearing their unique calls. I was especially happy to see the black-winged stilts, as I was unable to view them this Spring due to the pandemic. It seems like you and your wife had another lovely birding date and really appreciate that you decided to share with us.

    I am very sorry about the rise of infections in your area of the world. Alas, it is the same in my country, and it is a very tense and stressful time on all levels. Please do try and take good care! As always hubby and I send our best to you and Mrs. H and all your family.

    (I will send an email later this week, please look forward to it :))

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    • PS, A big thanks for me too, for featuring some “common” birds. What may be common in your area is a real treat for us in other countries 🙂 And I personally feel that even the so-called common birds are so beautiful and refined.

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      • Thanks Takami, I will try to include more common birds. Birds such as the Rainbow Lorikeet and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo are very common birds here, but very rare to other areas of Australia. We have several introduced birds which are very unpopular, and classified as pests, as they compete with our native birds for nesting areas and food. Take care my friend and enjoy the weekend.

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    • Thanks Takami, I appreciate your kind comments and well wishes. The Stilts are always a favorite of mine also, especially with reflection photography, they are the best. We are trying to make the most of our time out while we can as things heat up again with this second wave. We had another birding date today, and found a track which no one was using, as most of our favorites were being over used, as people have their last day of school holidays. All the very best dear friend to you and hubby, looking forward to your letter. Stay safe and enjoy your week.

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      • Another birding date, what a perfect way to spend a Sunday, in my humble opinion 🙂 Even better if you and Mrs. H found a track with more privacy and peace and quiet. I am so happy you like the Stilts too. Hopefully “our” stilts will return by autumn, and keeping fingers crossed it might be a little safer to venture out again when that time comes…

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    • Thanks Takami, sadly this pandemic has caused much of life as we knew it on hold, more so for some than others. We are very thankful for the privilege of being able at this stage to be able to go out birding. Things are changing rapidly again here as the second wave spreads through our city and nearby us, but we are trusting and praying that our families and friends will be kept safe and well. Enjoy your week and be at peace 🙂

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  2. Such awesome sightings with beautiful captures, Ashley. It’s always lovely, too, to hear you and your wife go on ‘birding dates’. Many of us are one-spouse birders (me included), we joke how our significant other will tag along but can actually ruin the birding experience. 😉 My husband will laughingly admit though that he does know more bird names by sight than he used to. 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, Yes it is sad that many birders tell me the same story, that the spouse despises birding, and find it a bore or it slows down their walk. We have tried to encourage partners to take an interest. We love it when we meet husband and wife birders, we love the enthusiasm they both share together, it is such a buzz for us. I love the way my normally quiet and shy wife comes to life when she shares with another person what we have seen or found. Yes, I know what you mean by ruin a birding experience. Some of our friends can easily do that when we go on walks with them, though I think many of them have become accustomed to us now and know that the camera and binoculars are a part of every walk. Some of my fiends are great bird spotters, and when they help spot birds, they get quite excited and encouraged when we tell them how good they are at it. Our friends and family are like your hubby, becoming more bird aware, and getting to identify them better for having been with us. Have a peaceful and enjoyable weekend my friend, and stay safe 🙂

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      • We know birding is a wonderful hobby, but not necessarily for everyone, nor is it necessarily on the same level for each. I can stand/sit patiently and watch a bird ‘forever’ lol. I’ve been with another birder who gets the shot and wants to move on. I want to watch, learn, capture the action. 🙂 I’ve had many, many ‘best’ photos from the end of patiently waiting (usually by myself). I love seeing people get enthused with a sighting I share or a bird I can ID for them, or vice versa them telling me with excitement. I’ve discussed with other one-spouse birders, and we laugh at how our significant others’ eyes get rolled at us. We say it is with love lol. 😉 Thank you, Ashley, same to you both!

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  3. Thanks for an interesting post Ashley. It was good to hear the grebe and also see the formation flying of the ibis. And it was nice to include a picture of the pacific black ducks as most people don’t give them much attention because they are so common. Have a good weekend!

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  4. My favorite are the Pacific Black Ducks. Their eye lines remind me of Egyptians. Nice assortment of birds. I’m sure you two enjoyed your “birding date.”

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    • Thanks Lee, As common as they are here, they are always good for a photo and like other ducks usually in pairs. Yes we are planning out next one before we get locked down as the second wave has hit due to some careless people infiltrating our state.

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  5. Ashley, you certainly had a fine time out, and so many gorgeous birds.
    I love Pacific Blacks. They are such independent creatures. Their longer neck stance always makes them seem so more alert.
    When i was much younger, Wooducks were always a source of entertainment as they worked through the hollow trees looking for a suitable nesting site

    Glad you are able to be out and about, in the meantime we have another 5 weeks of isolation, and it seems to be much more aggressively enforced this time.

    Good luck. Stay Safe

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    • Thanks David, These last lot of uncaring people have not only reeked havoc on you again but also on us. Only this time the danger is unknown and much closer to home, as the Victorians who fled the state before border closure have already spread it to dozens of people locally and caused aver 40 businesses to shut down for two weeks and get cleaned. We are concerned for our children who use the trains for work, as social distancing has gone out the window. Things are changing rapidly here, we could be locked down again soon also. I bought more toilet paper just now 🙂

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    • Thanks Myra, Praying you and the family are keeping well and staying safe, as we enter a second virus wave due to some uncaring people coming into our state. I will be adding videos to the channel as I prepare them, teaching interesting facts about our birds. Stay safe my friend 🙂

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