15 comments on “NSW Western Road Trip – Unexpected Birding Delights – Part 3

  1. Loved those Superb-Fairy Wrens every since first introduced to them in photos. Your video of those energetic little wonders of creation are amazing. Oh, to have that much energy! 🙂

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    • Thanks Lee, Yes they certainly are energetic, which makes them always a challenge to get a clear photo or video of them. They are constantly on the lookout as they easily predatored by many of the omnivorous territorial birds that share the same area. There rapid movement and fast neurological activity assists their protection. Who would think eating tiny insects would give one so much energy !

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    • Thanks Donna, it was great to finally get out and have a break, even during Covid. We are trying to find another week where we can do it again, but my wife is busy with her work at present, as the end of year is. Glad you are enjoying your journey and this special time in life. 🙂

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  2. Hello Ash,
    Thank you so much for this latest installment on your road trip!
    So many amazing birds – each with their own wonderful qualities – it’s impossible to choose a “favorite.” I appreciate how you put the spotlight on all birds and not just the especially flashy or cute ones 🙂 I couldn’t help but cheer out loud for the Fairy wren when he overcame his obstacle – I’m so glad his tenacity and bravery to try a different method had a wonderful result.

    How you closed the post: “Sometimes the answer is staring us in the face but we are looking at the problem the wrong way. To the Fairy-wren the problem became a challenge, which in the solving thereof became a learning exercise, which would benefit him at a later date. ” This touched me especially, given the current circumstances. It is a very good reminder and lesson too.

    We continue to keep you and Mrs H in our prayers and I’ll be sending an email update soon!
    May you both have a blessed week ahead!

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    • Thanks Takami, I just keep learning so much from the birds, especially since Jesus told us to study them, and their behaviour. Bird behaviour is the latest study trend with many scientists today as we are discovering how amazing they really are, and how complex, which supports our creation viewpoint. I am delighted you have been encouraged by the post, it blesses me to know this. Thanks also for your prayers and blessings, we do the same for you daily also my friend 🙂

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  3. A great series to share.
    One would have to have a very cold heart not to be enamoured by the antics of the Superb Fairywrens. We have been able to spot quite a few new clutches on our walks during lockdown. One of the benefits of going the same way each day, you get to know the locals.

    The Spiny Cheeked visits down here but often only in tiny numbers, I have to travel a bit further north for regulars.
    Same with Rufous Songlarks, but at least they are easy to find with their rattling vocals. 🙂

    Good luck with the book, hope you can sort out the challenges. Covid has crippled so many things, for so many people. Each day i have to be thankful that we were under pressure in Melbourne for over 4 months, but at least there is come control and sense coming of it all at last, I despair for the folk in Europe, US and England.

    We might get some sunshine this week and have a chance to return to the field to pick up our pieces.

    Regards

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    • Thanks David, we are so glad you are both able to get out to the office again as it is very difficult to do the sort of work you do from home 🙂 The Fairy-wrens are quite visible at present having their spring fling and are rated as one of the top most popular Aussie birds overseas and here. The costs of printing and publishing have soared which is currently under negotiation toing and froing to strike a happy medium. I was quite blessed to get my 2nd edition published mid Covid so I have found out. Hoping you get some nice weather again, it has been wet and windy here for a week and they say we can expect a wet and stormy Summer as La Nina kicks in. At least the birds will have water, I just hope it does not ruin their nests and create too much of a challenge for the fledglings as the fires and storms did last year and many nests failed or were incinerated in the Spring-Summer fires. We were going to stay in Capertee NP to observe the Regent Honeyeater about this time last year for my birthday, but thankfully I had a bad feeling about it and cancelled and the Wollemi NP fire broke out. We were saddened and concerned we saw not one Rufous Fantail this year during Winter as they are a highlight for us, and wondered if they were lost in the fires down south on the coast. Enjoy your week, and I guess you have a heightened appreciation of what you have missed having been away from it for so long.

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  4. Nice series of photos Ashley. It can be quite challenging photographing very small birds, you’ve done well. I especially enjoyed the pics of the striated pardalotes coming and going to their homes in the sandstone.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes small active birds always present a challenge, especially with my eyes not so good now, I am thankful for any focused shots I get these days. The Pardies are my wife’s favorite bird also, she get excited when we see them. We usually only see Striateds over the ranges, and mainly Spotteds along the coast. Enjoy your weekend. I have enjoyed your blogs on the walks around Tassie 🙂

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  5. Looks like you had good weather for your trip. Western NSW has great birds, thanks for sharing your pics. I am very envious of your sighting of the spiney cheeked honeyeater.

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    • Thanks Mim, for your welcome comment, yes it was perfect weather for most of the trip and only rained on the journey home. We always love seeing the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater when inland. We saw large numbers of them a couple of years ago at Uluru where we would hear them calling to each other loudly each morning as they fed from the eucalypt blossom. We do hope you are out and about getting stronger and recovering, you are in our prayers daily.

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