22 comments on “Birding Dates with Riverside Friends

  1. Hello Ash,
    What a wonderful birding date for you and your wife! 2 different types of Kingfishers, beautiful buy shy waders, the heart-shaped “nest” of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo juvenile…the list goes on! 🙂 I notice that many of the shy creatures such as Short-beaked Echidna seem to sense that you mean them no harm. It’s really beautiful to see and I’m sure must be a touching experience!

    I have received both your messages (thank you!) and look forward to replying in detail soon. You, Mrs H and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers, especially as you face the coming heat wave. Thank you for making my day with this uplifting post!

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    • Thanks Takami, Kingfishers are always a birder’s treat with their bright colour especially when in flight. The Echidna is a very slow moving creature, which is why the Lord has provided the spines as a form of protection. They are able to dig in and just leave their spines protruding if they feel threatened, this one was not feeling threatened as it just went about its business. Richest blessings to you both for an enjoyable week, and an opportunity to bird. Delighted my post has uplifted you my friend 🙂

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  2. Oh my gosh, that little ant eater is just adorable! And did you actually get attacked by a wood duck? I loved seeing the kingfishers, I have never been able to get close to them I have only seen them at a distance you got some amazing pictures! Wonderful you and your wife are able to enjoy so many birding dates 😊 blessings, and enjoy the rest of your week! Oh, I really like the 80/20 principle-very good.

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    • Thanks Jen, Yes I did get attacked but I stepped back quickly, hence the blurring. Once you are out of the exclusion area he stops and watches. The poor Cockie was quite surprised by the attack on him, and quickly jumped away. We are both enjoying our birding dates now that we can take a week day off when there are less people in the parks making it easier to see birds and just have a quiet time together quietly enjoy the birds as well as talk and pray. Thanks for your kind comments, praying you are all doing well. Blessings 🙂

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  3. Well done on the Azure, not a kingfisher we get locally, but regularly have Sacred over summer. The local original peoples, looked forward to the Sacreds arriving and leaving as a measure of the seasons.

    They also have a variety of nesting sites choices. In ground and old tree trunks. I’ve not seen them in the termite nests or galls. Must keep a lookout.

    Getting attacked by a incensed Maned Duck must be one of the great birding experiences. 🙂
    Glad you had a good time out.

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    • Thanks David, the Azures are little stunners for colour and flight speed, and are smaller that the Sacred. We had a nest in the river bank last year in the Nasho which the rangers were trying to keep secret. We ise to watch the male fly in and out at great speed, similar to a Pardolope. It is interesting the Sacred are more like the Kookaburra in nesting preference than the Azure. The beak looks so disproportional to their tiny body and feet. Yes the male Wood Duck attack was interesting as it did not bother me being close most of the time, but only became over protective when a poor unsuspecting Cockie grazed too close to the chicks. It was quite humorous to watch, I only wish I was quick on the shutter, but then father duck turned on me. I was sad at first the photo blurred as I stepped back, but it adds action to it. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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  4. It was a delight to see your photos of both of your kingfishers, such beauties! Our Belted Kingfisher is not near as colorful. Loved a revisit with the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and seeing all the blue soldier crabs and shore birds. Awesome photos, another great bird date outing, Ashley!!

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    • Thanks Donna, The Kingfishers are bright little birds, and quite agile, amazing how accurate they are as fishers, how they plunge into the water from some height and come straight back out with fish in mouth. My wife loves seeing the crabs marching in their platoons across the beach. They can feel you coming from some distance and begin to quicken their march into a faster pace 🙂

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    • Thanks Mim, I am delighted that you enjoyed the birds, The wonderful thing about a birding outing is you never know what to expect. Some birds are predictable, but the highlight is always the unexpected gift of something special that has flown in in the moment. Praying you are doing well, it is great to see the beauty of your surrounds in your posts, it always makes me want to go back to living near the beach again, they were such lovely days. 🙂

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  5. What exhilarating finds, esp the Cockatoo in the tree. And the army of crabs is a fun surprise. Love to enlarge every photo for details – claws, beaks, feathers – so amazing!
    Thank you for sharing your birding date, I hope it stirs others to take their loved one out in God’s creation and marvel together. What a wonderful date!
    God bless you & lovely wife. 🦉

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    • Thanks again dear Lisa Beth for your most encouraging and appreciative comments. Yes one of our aims is to encourage birding as a healthy recreational pursuit, and also a great cure of empty nest syndrome (which will be mentioned in my next book release early next year. Many bird lovers have shared how they wish their partner has the same interest, especially after reading our AboutUs and the blog posts. We especially love having a meal (breakfast or lunch) in the National Park cafe as part of the date. Blessings to you both 🙂

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      • That’s lovely Sandra, Kingfishers are interesting birds to watch fish. I use to have a property in the country years ago and built a seat near our dam. To relax we could go and sit away from everything and just watch the Sacred Kingfisher fish the dam, it was so special.I love hoe their binocular vision is corrected for water refraction, so they are accurate fishers, another marvel of their amazing Creator. 🙂

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