15 comments on “Birding Around Sydney – Honouring Our Local Birds – Part 2

  1. Hello Ash,
    What a great way to start the weekend! I am glad I decided to be patient and wait till the weekend. The eye of the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo peering through the branches was especially charming, and the Lyrebird even in his “immature” state looks very beautiful in my eyes. The story you shared about the loving family gives us hope for humanity. I hope you and Mrs H and all your family have a safe weekend!

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    • Thanks Takami, Yes, I always love to capture that peering watchful eye of a bird,as it processes the data regarding our presence, flight or wait. The eye of the male with its pink ring makes it all the more beautiful. I find the light just shining on the bird’s eye such a lovely capture. I had a couple yesterday on our birding date in the Southern Highlands. Yes, there is so much more for us to discover and learn, we are always disciples, or learners throughout life, but for knowledge to become fruitful it must be practiced to become wisdom and then over time develops into understanding. This is why wise Solomon says: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Have an enjoyable and restful weekend my friend 🙂

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  2. Loved the pics of the winter wildflowers, so nice to see some colour in the colder months. Good video of the steam coming off the trees, I’ve seen that myself on walks down here in the forests when it’s really cold and the sun shines through the canopy. It’s quite a sight! Have a lovely weekend and try and stay away from those silly young people who seem so clueless about what is going on in the world right now.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is alarming how stupid these people are, and how they appear to get a thrill out of being rebels and trying to get away with their antics to infect everyone. Enjoy your weekend and stay safe 🙂

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  3. Hi Ashley, interesting point you make on what we take as ‘our normal’ when growing up, and assume, or mistakenly trust that everyone else is going through the same.
    Takes a long time and many twisting turns to realise such was, (is) not the case.
    Still on the plus side, some of those things were the impetus for the direction my life would later take.

    Lovely to see the Yellow-tailed Blacks, everytime I hear their cry I get so excited. Like a kid at a party.

    You sit spot looks ideal. I would be happy to meander away the hours just there.

    In the meantime we are still, stuck at home with the garden gnome, and not likely to get any relief in the immediate future. If anything the numbers now point to further restrictions.
    Just as well I used to be called “Anti-social”, now its a government sponsored activity.

    Enjoy your time in the sunshine

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    • Thanks David, yes we are the same, like little excited kids when we hear the cry of the Yellow-tails, their call is so special, it beckons one. Thanks also for your input on the dysfunctional aspects. It is true that the direction of our lives can grow good out of our bad experiences as my counselling has experience has shown. To have true understanding, encouragement and empathy you do have to have come through it. Yes, that is the key having come through to a better place, accepting and forgiving where necessary. The key to wisdom is understanding, though it is sad that we often have to gain a few grey hairs before we get it, when we don’t need it as much as when we were younger raising children. Things are just getting worse here, and borders are starting to close north for us and Sydney is starting to be contained and possibly cordoned off soon from the rest of the state. The thing that hurts is that many of the younger people spreading it, are doing it with blatant disrespect for the law or for anyone else, as the ADF workers and law enforcement are now discovering. Stay safe my friend and keep warm.

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  4. Loved all your shared photos and videos, Ashley. Including yours & Mrs H’s chair break scene! I still love the Lyrebird dancing, quite impressive, they make me smile! Those grass trees are pretty amazing and the video of the trees steaming, that’s quite interesting. Enjoy the rest of you week and upcoming weekend, my friend! 😊

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the Lyrebird is a special treat for us in our National Park as many people living hear have never seen them, and some have asked us to take them out to see them. It is all about the time and place. Enjoy your weekend Donna, things are getting bad again here as the 2nd wave hits and we are starting to be restricted again as to where we go. Stay safe my friend 🙂

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  5. Wonderful post! I just came in from a brief NYC walk, seeing only sparrows, but remembering how “His eye is on the sparrow”…God loves the ‘ordinary’ as well as He showcases the spectacular! (Which is good news for us ordinary folks!)
    Actually looked up what you couldnt find, the southern emu wren, wondering how could a bird be small bird/large emu?
    May the Lord speak His love to you and your wife. Thank you brother!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, Yes it would seem strange with a name like Emu Wren being so small, we both use to wonder at the name but apparently it is the tail feathers look like an Emus tail which I have difficulty with since the Emu has no tail and looks nothing like it. We may go searching tomorrow again if restrictions allow. Enjoy your weekend dear sister 🙂

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  6. I love the bird sounds!

    Thank you for sharing about how spending a day with a loving family had a positive impact on your life. I pray my life can have a similar impact on others.

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    • Thanks Myra, yes the Lord has ways of introducing us to his love, and it is all by his grace. Have been wonderfing how you are all going there in your land, praying you are all well. How is Chelsea these days? Are you able to work in these times and how has the Covid affected your daily lives? Praying safety and peace 🙂

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  7. All these are your local birds? Very interesting! I’ve seen a video of the Superb Lyrebird, imitating a number of other birds and sounds of man made tools, sounds of vehicles, etc. What a fantastic bird! Nice post, my friend! 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, yes it is a wonderful treat to actually watch the Lyrebird perform the various sounds and watch him dance. I have heard them do a chain saw and gone looking for the culprits in a National Park, where they are not allowed, but found it was a Lyrebird making the noise, it was so real! I always love it when they do the Kookaburra, it is one of the hardest for them. They can go through a large repertoire of sounds, intermingling their own dance beat for hours sometimes as they practice their mating ritual throughout the day. The busy performing season just finished, they are becoming quieter now as the females are nesting. Enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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