15 comments on “Celebratory Bird Outing – A Mindful Moment of Reflection

  1. Congratulations on the soon arrival of your new book!!! What a wonderful accomplishment and a great follow up to your first book… I love the title.
    Your post pictures were beautiful as always, as well as the video. I pray you and your family are doing well, congratulations again. God bless!😊

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    • Thanks Jen, it has been an amazing journey to get this far, the Lord has proven his faithfulness again and again in this journey. Thank you again for your blessings, praying the same for you and your family, and that you are kept safe from the virus. May you enjoy your week as we move toward the end of the most extraordinary year in global history.

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  2. Hello Ash,
    I am still playing catch-up on my favorite blog posts but wanted to wish you a sincere and hearty Congratulations on the publication of your second book! How wonderful that the process has worked out smoothly despite these turbulent times. No doubt, you had to do a lot of work to keep the momentum going, but we rejoice that you have been blessed!

    The celebratory bird outing was a wonderful way to commemorate the achievement and I am glad your avian friends did not disappoint! I do plan to send a proper update soon, but just wanted to quickly wish you and Mrs H a blessed remainder of the week and that you continue to stay safe 🙂

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    • Thanks Takami, Happy Birthday to you today, and thanks for your kind blessings and congratulations, it has been an amazing journey where the Lord has proved his faithfulness to me once again. Thanks especially to your prayers, which were required to make it happen, as the Lord called you and your hubby in to assist in the process. I do hope you have recovered from your illness and over exhaustion and are being refreshed and renewed to move forward into this your year of great achievement, as the Lord has moved you into greater things. Stay safe my friend !

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  3. Congratulations on your next book, I enjoyed the videos and the bird sounds. The crimson red color was amazing, we don’t have anything like that around here. The colors are just amazing of your birds there.

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    • Thanks Sandra for your encouraging comment, yes the birds of our Parrot family have such bright and beautiful colours, especially when they fly past and just miss your head. They are always a treat to see sitting in the sunlight, but unfortunately they prefer the shelter under the tree canopy away from the harsh Aussie sun. Enjoy your week !

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  4. Love your little music file Ashley, and I’m game and will have a go at naming what I heard – magpie, currawong, grey butcherbird, pied butcherbird, kookaburra, common koel, whip bird, yellow tailed black cockatoo, a wattlebird, lyre bird, rainbow lorikeet, and possibly another 6 I couldn’t identify. Thanks for a bit of fun! 😀

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    • Thanks Sue, and well done with your effort, the ones you named were all there. I was impressed by your total and will let you know more next week. So glad you enjoyed my little aria. Enjoy your week !

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  5. It is a glorious time to be out.
    That walk in the cool of the forest is both exhillariting and refreshing.

    The Lyerbird is a great find. Not a bird I’ve photographed. Our open larva plains vegetation does not suit them.

    Been reading a book called “Forest Bathing”, a refreshing look at what we gain from being aware of the natural world around us
    shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”)
    Was just what I needed when we were lockeddown for so long.

    Good luck with the book. It sounds such an awareness project.

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    • Thanks David, interesting stuff this mindfulness awareness, it is quite in vogue in counselling these days. It fits in well with our birding pursuits as forest bathing is partly what we do. It was amazing how numbers to the National Park trebled during the Covid as a place where people chose to retreat to for their hour of exercise. We have never seen so many there and never have since. Thanks for your well wishes it has been an amazing journey this year with all its negativity for us to have gotten this far so well, we are very grateful. The greatest delight is that the publisher is right behind it and loved the last book, which his children continue to quote from, and has shred his appreciation of the next. It is a book I wish was around when I was a young adult. Enjoy your week my friend !

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    • Thanks Cindy, yes the Lyrebirds can be somewhat elusive at times, especially the males, and because they forage in the dark under tree areas most of the time it is difficult at times to get a good shot. If you can get them in the sunlight, the male tail is sensational. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your birding !

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  6. Another great post brother Ashley. The birds are always wonderful but it’s a real treat to find the unexpected, like the downed bee hive. That complex ‘architecture’ is amazing in itself!
    Loved the Fledgling video too.
    I did comment on the Bird Bath post, must have gotten cyber lost! Thank you for all your beautiful discoveries, very uplifting!
    I hope you and your wife are well and enjoying the season – may it have cool days and warm days to comfort you both!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am always encouraged by your gratitude and praise for our Lord’s beauties. I could not find your birdbath comment anywhere it must have somehow got lost in cyberspace. Thank you dear sister for your greeting, and likewise pray our Lord’s blessing of peace and contentment over you both, and that you are kept safe and well through your winter.

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