19 comments on “Winter Migrants Returned – We Are Good to Go for Summer

  1. Hello Ash!
    What a lovely and exciting bird date it must have been for you and Mrs H!
    As always, your avian friends have not failed to disappoint – providing us followers with some lovely views and a deeper insight into some of their behaviors. The Dollarbird also visits Japan in the spring/summer months and as you can imagine is much anticipated by bird lovers on this side of the globe as well. Some of these birds have very “robust” calls as I have learned from your audio, but still what a treat it is to hear them in their native land 🙂

    I am still catching up on emails (and your latest post is also patiently waiting) and hope to send an update later this week. In the meantime, hubby and I continue to keep you and Mrs H in our daily thoughts and prayers and may you have a blessed week ahead!!

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    • Thanks Takami, it is always a pleasure to read your appreciative comments my friend. The Dollarbird appears to get around the world somewhat, as it is a very robust bird. It gets to see both our countries during the year, always staying in the warmer climates, similar to most of our Winter migrants. The reason why our birds are so loud in the forests and can be heard for a long distance is the way they produce sound in their syrinx and how it ricochets off the eucalypt leaves. They use their whole body to produce their call from down in their chest. When you watch them make their call you can see what I mean, it is like they are always yelling and calling our loud to make sure they are heard above all other sounds. Thanks for your faithful prayers, you are both always in ours, especially for hubby at present. Enjoy your week 🙂

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  2. Beautiful as always Ashley! The videos are always so fun to watch as well. So glad you and your wife are able to be out and about and enjoy your bird dates, belated happy anniversary and God Bless!!!

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    • Thanks Jen, it is great to hear from you again, and for your welcome comments. Praying you and the family are doing well amid the current pandemic, and enjoying life. Yes we have been blessed to be out and about again with lesser restrictions, though we continue with much caution as we live in Sydney area which remains a hot spot in places. Richest blessings to you and your boys. 🙂

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  3. I remember the sounds of the cuckoos and koels, brings back memories of summer on the Gold Coast. Love the sound bites of the lyre bird too! Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes my wife says the same as you do, when she hears the Koel it reminds her Summer
      and Christmas are coming. You also enjoy your freedom this weekend in your beautiful part of the world 🙂

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  4. It is always good to see old friends return.
    As usual you have managed to observe a wonderful wide range o birds. The return of the Dollarbird is a great example.
    We have rumours of local sightings of the Scarlet Honeyeater, and it is a most unsual event. They don’t turn up in good numbers every year.
    Thanks for sharing, have a fine week.

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    • Thanks David, this Spring is much wetter and better for the birds so we are hearing and seeing more. It is good to hear the water flowing in the creeks and waterfalls again. I am hoping we will eventually see the Rainbow Bee-eater if we go westward sometime this Summer as it returns in small numbers to western Newcastle area. The Scarlet is often heard but not seen as they are so small and are usually well inside the canopy, though they will come down to red flowering native bushes, which offer them some protection as they are prone to depredation being so noisy and so bright red. They are staying around longer than usual and are in greater numbers. Enjoy your weekend ! 🙂

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  5. You always happen to have a good variety of birds, at hand; which is fantastic for shooting pictures.
    Thank you for the gallery, my friend. 🙂

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  6. Honestly brother, each of these birds could fill a whole post with its beauty and awesome design. Wow, the Eastern Crimson Rosella…
    But, call me weird, I would be fascinated to have Koels come on my fire escape and wake me…I’d consider it a divine call to prayer!
    Thank you Ashley, I hope all is well with you and yours.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, your encouraging comments are always a delight to my wife and I but as for having Koels in the fire escape Ha, Ha that could be interesting, they are just so loud and they start so early in the morning. I recall my son-in-law telling me years ago that this horrible bird had started waking him up at 4am and it was nearby. He asked did I know what it was, and answered I think so and played the Koel’s call from my birding phone app, and he excited said ” That;s it, That’s it. that’s the horrible sound ! He was surprised when I showed him what it looked like, as most people have never seen it, as it is very private and elusive to humans, and difficult to photograph at the best of times. Enjoy your weekend sister !

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    • Thanks Chrissie, most bird behaviour is learnt by observation, but some birds, as with humans, can be a bit backward in their learning, having been fed too long by the adult. It was an interesting observation to see an immature.like this, as it was still trying to be fed but the adult rejected its attempts. Enjoy your weekend my friend !

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    • Thanks Sandra, yes we are blessed with so much colour in out Aussie birds. especially since we have so many Parrot varieties and subspecies. Our wrens, robins and honeyeaters are also very colourful when compared with the European versions.

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  7. So many beautiful, colorful birds, Ashley, love them all! The Dollarbird looks almost as if it’s a mix of several birds to create this unique-looking bird. Not quite sure I see a ‘dollar’ on the wing though lol. I really like the shot of the Wonga Pigeon sitting on the path, quite adorable and beautiful chest markings. Fabulous shot of the Channel-billed Cuckoo in flight too!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the Dollarbird is an exceptionally different bird, and certainly does not look like an Aussie bird, being a definite migrant from countries above Australia. It has beautiful iridescence when its feathers are in the sun, with stunning bright colours. The Wonga was a surprise find, and thankfully did not rush away in a hurry, but very slowly and cautiously, as young birds often do, having not fully developed their fear of people yet, and not having the parent present to teach them. This bird is usually only seen grazing early morning and late afternoon, and many birders never may come to the park many times looking for it and never see it. We have been blessed to see the breeding pair several times over several years. They are a true rainforest pigeon, but more of a ground forager than the other rainforest pigeons which spend their time high in trees chasing fruit. Yes that shot of the Channe-bill is a classic of mine, I love his facial expression. Nearly every aerial shot of this bird is taken while it is being pursued by other birds trying to remove them from the area, this appears to be their fate here as most of our intelligent birds are wise to their antics. Enjoy your weekend my friend !

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