18 comments on “Love that Hair Style – Is it a Crest or Knot

    • Thanks Donna, Yes they are very unique pigeons and quite attractive compared with the ferules. Though most only get to see the Crested. Praying you are both keeping well and on the road again soon my friend. 🙂

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      • Oh Ashley, we are still in Indiana and things have gone from bad to worse with RV repairs. They have damaged and broke so many items, lastly they broke our heated floors replacing a cracked porcelain tile and are in the process of tearing it all out and replacing. The mfgr has been working on it since June 8 (78 days). To clear our heads and heavy hearts, we plan to leave tomorrow for maybe a week and go to a remote area in Michigan near a lake and lots of nature. It is our anniversary tomorrow. 41 years! 😊

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      • A Happy Anniversary to you both, you have journeyed well together, richest blessings for the years to come. We will keep you in prayer dear Donna, it has certainly been a trial for you both. I do hope during your time away you have a chance to celebrate your anniversary together by relaxing and unburdening your hearts from the stress of this most disappointing news. 🙂

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      • Good morning, Ashley, thank you very much for your well wishes, I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness! ❤ The RV mfgr challenged us late yesterday, so we made a quick decision to cancel the ‘escape’ to avoid cancellation fee; we need to stay put to protect our asset. We’ll see what today brings with them. As for our ‘day’, we will make it up for sure!!

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  1. Hello Ash,
    I know I say it each time, but what a wonderful way to start off my weekend! It is a real blessing indeed, to have such amazing “local” birds to teach life lessons and I can imagine you never tire of observing them. The detailed explanations for each bird really do help us have a greater understanding and appreciation. I am very happy Spring is coming your way.
    Wishing you and all your family a blessed and safe weekend.

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    • Thanks Takami, for your kind words of appreciation, it is very encouraging and puts a smile in my heart. I do like to share deeper elements of the birds and share insights and facts about how they do life, which as a scientist is my greatest delight as it connects with my counseling and lifestyle interests.
      I am connected with various Facebook pages for bird ID and other birding features and most just give the name of the bird, but never give insight into the birds behaviour and why it is doing what they see or hear at the time. We are having an antarctic blast of very cold weather at present, which is typical in August, we call the August winds. Lots of snow falling in places that rarely get snow. Today will be the coldest in years for many places. I have been hearing about the heat waves you and US are having, and the fires in CA. We had that weather last Summer. Blessings to you both, also for a safe and enjoyable weekend.:-)

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  2. Nice to see some early spring flowers. The winter wattle is out down here brightening up the cold rainy days. And today I saw a black swan sleeping on a nest at the Wetlands, thought it was a bit early for nesting, but there is another swan family there with 3 cygnets.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes Spring is coming early everywhere, despite some cold blasts from the south and west. The Black Swan has become one of Australia’s great adapters, having now settled itself all over the country and islands surrounding. It breeds really well everywhere and seems to breed when it wants. Keep warm as the antarctic wintry blast is coming, though you probably are having it now. The August winds are notorious, they finish off any old leaves that have not fallen, ready for the new growth of Spring. Stay safe and warm my friend. They tell us we are in a hot spot, but because of the sun, as the winds are cold – that virus.

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      • Oh yes, it’s turned very cold today, windy and raining on and off, a last pitch at winter before spring starts. Be vigilant and stay safe up there.

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    • Hit the wrong key.
      When we were kids the Crested was called a ‘topnot’ by us little tackers. Not sure any adult ever bothered to correct us. Nice to see the ‘real’ thing.
      And such a fine look at the Black-faced Cuckooshrike. Like pigeons they build a fairly insubstantial nest in the fork of a horizontal branch.

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      • Thanks David, yes it is frustrating when your message is gone incomplete. It is amazing how many Aussies name the Crested wrongly. My brother was surprised when I put up the bird on Facebook, with others who confessed the same, that: ‘now we have seen a true Topknot Pigeon, we are cured of miscalling the Cresties’. Most people including many birders never get to see this elusive bird. We know where to look, as there is a large flock in the Nasho, but to actually find them and photograph them, well that is another story. like many stories high in these 70 – 100 metre rainforest giants, hidden in the sub canopy. The Cuckoo-shrike are always shy of a pic, but interesting how curious the recent one was to glide above me. Keep safe and snug my friend. The August winds have arrived on time, and Winter is quite normal at the moment.

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    • Thanks David, yes we are starting to hear early courting, and pairs forming at the Nasho, after the rain it looks like a good season, if we are spared the fires. We see the Rufous more inland, over the ranges, though we do see the odd one in the southern highlands.

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  3. I agree 100% with H.J., I am always amazed by the great finds you share. If I ever saw a Spinifex Pidgeon, or any of your showcased treasures, it would be a memorable life moment.
    God must reveal His creations to you, perhaps to bless the hearts of others and bring Him due honor and glory.
    Thank you Ashley, this post is so enjoyable and edifying.
    🦉

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, Yes very few birders get to see the Spinifex Pigeon as they are generally shy and hide well, but the need of water brings them out. Thank you again dear sister for your encouraging comments, I am blessed that you are blessed from the avian wonders in our Father’s Garden. Blessings 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, we are truly blessed here in our part of the world, as our birds are so different to many in the Northern Hemisphere. We are so glad we are still allowed to go out birding locally, though sadly all the state borders are closed to us, so our planned birding trips are canned just like everyone elses, as my friend says: 2020 has been cancelled. We are hoping to visit family next month, and then do a trip out west, but with Covid changes can come unexpectedly from one day to the next, so we are not sure

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