19 comments on “Down in the Dark Damp Depths – Rainforest Birds

  1. Hello again Ash,
    I am finally just about caught up on your beautiful bird posts!
    What a blessing it is, to have such views, especially during those moments when one really needs to take a walk and be closer to nature. Once again, our heartfelt congratulations on your new book. We’ll be among the very first to purchase some copies when they become officially available.

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    • Thanks Hans, for your appreciative comments, and for following my blog. I like to make my blog different in that it shares more about bird behaviour and peculiarities rather than juts photos. I did enjoy viewing your blog and some of the beautiful vistas you showcase there. Enjoy your weekend !

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  2. Thanks Ashley! 😀 Some nice photos again in this post too, but I did especially like your last few paragraphs, in particular the bit about working with the current conditions. A few weeks ago I was forced to transfer to another office location and I am being retrained in something new. It has been much more difficult than I expected, in many ways, and there are a lot of challenges to overcome, and it has been very tiring and draining. And it does seem easier to go with the flow, even if it’s not what you want, so you can focus your energy on getting through what’s happening now, rather than focusing on the past. It’s hard now, but it won’t be like this forever, so I’m looking forward to the Christmas break to have a rest and hope to start the new year with some renewed energy. Have a good weekend!

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    • Thanks Sue, and so glad that my meditatory words encouraged you, I like to elude interesting life skills from the birds, it makes their study all the more interesting for us, which is behind my desire to write helpful books. I do pray you settle well in your job location change. I remember you sharing that you were concerned some weeks ago while you were having time away that change was possibly coming for you in your job situation. May you have a wonderful new year and a much brighter one, as we all desire after this amazing unexpected 2020 experience, from which we have all grown through. May you also enjoy the remainder of your weekend, as we are now on another Covid alert due to a recent Sydney outbreak, which has caused us to cancel a reunion dinner with friends tonight. Now the state authorities are concerned about the 200 recent travels from our northern beaches area who have just flown to Tassie, so stay safe my friend, and hopefully it will not spread there.

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      • Thanks Ashley, and stay alert up there with the new outbreak. All good here so far. I hope this new strain gets contained quickly and doesn’t spoil Christmas and New Year celebrations for everyone.

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  3. Hi Ashley, would be good to have a real rainforest within easy travelling distance. I miss out on a lot because of that.
    We used to work in a very dry Grey Box forest, and for many years there were several families of Eastern Yellow Robins, which I always thought unusual. But we then found more in several other locations.
    Not sure why, but the last couple of years, most of them have disappeared.

    I found them to become quite confiding birds and a delight to work with. Hopefully seasons will change and we can again see some.

    The dreadful fires must have had an effect on the feeding and travel of many birds as some unusual characters have been turning up recently.
    We also had a single White-throated Treecreeper female in one of the areas for many years. Never heard or saw a mate. Yet she was so vocal though the forest.

    You really had a most impressive day out with such a wide range of birds. Well done.

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    • Thanks David, the Robins are always an expected delight every time we go for a walk in the Nasho and are surprised when we do not see them as they are so present and in your face at times. It is sad that particular birds have disappeared during the fires, such as the one family of Red-capped Robin out west and the flock of Rufous Fantails never appeared last winter. It is sad when a lone bird is seen without a mate, and always begs the question why. It is sad when you hear a lonely bird calling for a mate which never appears, as I heard a few weeks ago from a Dollarbird. It is great you are enjoying being out and about again, it has been so hot and humid here again that it has not been good out, and now there is new Covid outbreak to contend with which has everyone in Sydney concerned. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

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  4. It never ceases to amaze me what a rich and vibrant variety of birds you share in each post, AB! I love the little videos and I think the Scrub Wrens are my favorite species. This probably sounds very ignorant, but I always tend to think of other places as “rainforest“, and not Australia, though I understand that the variation in your ecosystems is immense.

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    • Thanks BJ so delighted our rainforest birds delight you, and there are more that are not currently seen in our local forest. Yes we have very diverse habits as you identified, which makes birding all the more wonderful. Every state has subspecies variations and different birds, as well as birds common to all states. Sadly though this year and last year were the first recordings of major dense rainforest burning, this was something never heard of here, which goes to shoe how severe our long hot drought was. We may have lost several species to extinction. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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      • What a very sad about the possible impact on birds! My daughter-in-law previously worked with a company with connections in Australia so I had heard from her about how terrible the fires were this past year. My apologies for not contacting you about the situation – I was away from the blog world for many months. Hope you are all safe and sound! And Covid free!

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      • Thanks for your kind concern BJ, I have missed seeing your blogs and comments and wondered how you were going. Thankfully our country has almost eradicated the virus due to good government and co operative citizens, though today we heard of two people testing positive in northern Sydney which raises a concern all over Australia, as our internal borders only just re opened. This could be an ongoing trend with this very extraordinary virus, which has given us a very extraordinary year. Thanks for your kind words and praying for your safety also my friend.

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    • Thanks Cindy, yes they are so essential to sustaining our ecosystems and life itself for us humans, they are sure blessing and gift. I love hearing my local bird friends each morning and watching them enjoy our bird baths and feed on on our native flowers. They have learned to trust me and protect our area from vagrant pests.

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  5. Thanks so much Donna for your kind words, I will look into why you were unable to comment. Thanks also for encouragement for my next book, it has been an amazing journey getting this far so fast. Enjoy your week. 🙂

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  6. Hi Ashley, first congratulations on completing your book! I was able to catch up with your posts but couldn’t leave comments, but know I was so happy to read your last post. What a celebratory walk you accomplished, so many beautiful birds in it and this post. You were rewarded wonderfully!

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