9 comments on “NSW Western Road Trip – The Colour and Sound of Spring – Part 3

  1. Hello Ash,
    The resilience of the Australian bush is really something! It reminds us humans to also be strong, especially during these challenging times. (That being said, the fires are also a sombre reminder of the fragile balance that keeps everything held together.)

    I adore how the little wattlebirds throw their whole body into their calls, I can see how earnest they are in their communications, as all our avian friends seem to be! The musk lorikeets’ lifelong loyalty is also heartwarming. As always, it’s impossible to choose a favorite bird! 🙂 I appreciate how you introduce and explain so much in each post, and how you point out the beauty of the bush and other wildlife sustained by it.

    I’ve just sent another long “missive” and thank you again for making my evening with this latest post. Wishing you and Mrs H a wonderful week ahead!

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    • Thanks Takami, for your welcome comments. Yes the Wattlebirds, like many of our Honeyeaters really are quite expressive. I think the effort they use to bring their sound up out of their chest rather than their throat adds to the greater bodily involvement in the process. They lift their head to align their airway for maximum sound. We always love the way birds that pair for life preen and show affection for each other it is encouraging to us to do the same, to look out for the needs of each other, especially in areas others need help to access. Thanks so much for your beautiful appreciation Takami it is inspiring and encouraging. You and your hubby also enjoy a wonderful and enjoyable week my friend 🙂

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  2. Lovely photos and video of the wildflowers Ashley, beautiful colours. Interesting reading about the communications between birds. During the week when I was on holidays, a little bird flew into a tree along the walking track I was on and started chattering away, then another and another appeared, and a different type of bird appeared in another tree close by and they were all chattering away really loudly. I was busy trying to spot them to identify them and then I looked down and saw that I was two steps away from treading on a huge tiger snake!! Once I recovered from the shock of being so close to the snake, and the snake had slithered off into the bush, the birds all flew off. I need to pay more attention as those birds were communicating and saved me from getting bitten by accident!

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    • Thanks Sue, that was quite an experience, being warned by birds about the impending danger of a quite nasty species of snake. That is tone of the largest challenges of living in Tassie during Spring/Summer, the Tigers. The largest concentrations of them is down south especially on the islands in Bass Straight (Kind Island and surrounding smaller ones) including Tassie. You have to be aware of them and careful especially in spring when they have young. Yes birds can often warn and direct us to danger and raptor sightings. I have almost trodden on Brown Snakes and they are deadly also, but thankfully I have a rule when photographing of looking down before stepping my next step. Thankfully the birds saved the day for you, I came out with grazes and damaged camera from reflex reaction of jumping over the snake which ended my face next to it on ground level. Thankfully it slithered away.

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  3. The Musk Lorikeets entwined showing affection is so sweet, and those flight shots, absolutely gorgeous, Ashley! I enjoyed all the birds with photos, videos and sounds. The Common Bronzewing, wow! How wonderful to see the new growth in the Pilliga forest, the wildflowers coming back so beautifully. Enjoy your extra evening hour with DST change and the upcoming weekend.

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    • Thanks Donna for your appreciative comments my friend, we did enjoy a weekend away visiting family and doing some birding, lots of nesting at present there. The Aussie bush has an amazing ability to recover quickly, it is use to fire, in fact some seed pods need fire to make them germinate. Though it is sad to see the blackened trees and the undergrowth gone, as I am sure many birds and other animals (especially Koalas) were lost including their habitat.

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