18 comments on “Rainforest Reclusion – Hard To See Birds

  1. Hello Ash,
    I am so happy to be finally catching up on my favorite blogs. It has been quite a start to the year, and a challenging one all over the world. Reading of this recent birding excursion brought a big smile to my face. I am very glad that you and Mrs H were blessed with a special view of the Rufous Fantail in particular. It is a uplifting and a ray of hope, to see that he has survived the bushfires.

    I was finally able to send you a long-overdue update mail today! May you and all your family have a safe and blessed week ahead.

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    • Thanks Takami, we have been concerned that you were both well, and kept you in our prayers as it has been a very uncertain time over in the northern hemisphere. We are thankful at the moment that despite mask wearing and distancing we still have relative freedom, especially in country areas. But this can change in hours, as some have found when on flight to another state and having to return as the law changed mid flight. May you both enjoy a peaceful week and keep safe.

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  2. A wonderous day out with some really delightful birds, you often see more speices in a day than I’d see in a year!
    We’ve been following a pair of Sacred Kingfisher these past few weeks, they are using a more traditional old tree hollow by the river, and its been quite a journey watching them bring the young into the outside world.

    Rufous Fantails are so super energetic. I think they make their Grey cousins seems positively docile.

    Thanks for a beaut day out on screen

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    • Thanks David, it was a lovely walk to find these little treasures, especially the return of the Catbird and Rufous Fantail after the long drought. It is lovely to hear the sound of running water again, though the the next couple of weeks are to be hot and dry again as is today. Yes I agree the Rufous really do create an element of excitement when ever they turn up, but often lots of sighs and moans when the blurry shots and covered shots make up most is not all the captures in the moment. Where the Greys will come right up to you to check you our, the Rufous are quite the opposite, and yes much faster. Enjoy the rest of your week !

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  3. What a joy to see – and hear!! – so many unique birds, AB! I never cease to be amazed at how many you are able to photograph (even multiple times), when they are so challenging to even spot for most people. The Fantail certainly was a prayer answered, and the green Cat Bird was a real surprise to see! Our catbirds are thoroughly gray with a little black on their heads.

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    • Thanks BJ, for your encouraging remarks, we are very blessed here not only to rainforest access but more so since much of the coastal forests were devastated and trying to recover from horrific bushfires last year and the year before. With the drought broken we are experiencing a nicer Summer so far. Both our Catbirds are green and blend in so well with the dark green foliage that they are impossible to spot and can be sitting there silently observing us just several feet away and we would not know, but as soon as we lay eyes on them they are gone. They do most of their calling at night and early morning, and a a real treat to hear when we stay the night inside the rainforest. 🙂

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  4. Amazing sightings and photos, Ashley, I enjoyed tagging along on your walk! Love the story sightings and feel the excitement along with you. Birds and nature truly provide awesome health benefits for us all, so good for the heart and soul.

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    • Thanks Donna, so delighted you capture the spirit of our experience together. I have actually used the last part of my new book to introduce people to birdwatching as a healthy enjoyable hobby and also to help bind couples with an enjoyable healthy interest to prevent empty nest syndrome and the likes. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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  5. Sometimes I get rare bird photos, but they may not be the best quality, so I don’t post them. I got lots of a fig parrot and lyrebird. Not such good pics but you can see them. I didn’t post. It was gift enough just to see them.

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    • Thanks Cindy, Many of my photos are not perfect but are able to give the viewer a good idea as to the bird and its behaviour, as bird behaviour is more my study with photography. Many of us keep our first not so good, blurry or dark lifer pics until we take better ones and then replace them. I keep some of the not so good ones to remind me of the excitement of the event. Digital technology allows us to enhance and correct not so good pics which is a great asset and art. Aussie Fig birds are always a challenge as they feed inside the upper canopy in the dark, and are always moving getting noisily high on our native figs. Lyrebirds likewise in dark forests can be a challenge, but when they are grazing in the sun by the track the male tail is a beautiful capture. I am blessed to see Lyrebirds often, the youngsters are quite tame and lack fear of adults allowing you to pass a few feet from them. In conclusion 🙂 the photos are our own personal record of what we saw, and when it is a rare bird or a lifer, it is an exciting trophy to grace our bird albums. Back in the day the early naturalists would have shot the birds with rifles and come home holding up a dead bird with excitement, and have their trophy stuffed, hence many species suffered demise, but thankfully today we shoot with our cameras and our photos are our trophies. Enjoy your week my friend and stay safe 🙂

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  6. Thoroughly encouraging and uplifting post – just what is needed in uncertain and oppressive times. Thank you brother for taking me away from this unraveling city to the branches of Aussie trees. What beauties you find!
    The bird songs are so medicinal as are your scriptural encouragements. Thank you Ashley, for your wonderful ministry through God’s creation.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, for your most appreciative comments, for your beautiful gift of encouragement. Yes, we all need to find peace and rest as we focus on our Lord’s handiwork and provision for us in these uncertain times. I worship and rejoice in my heart each time I hear my local bird friends singing in my back yard and the surrounding neighbourhood trees. I love yo hear the first bird of the morning, which can vary considerably each new day. This delights me so much, especially the call of the Grey Butcherbird family when they see me. Many times when I walk down the back stairs they call, and sing as if it is to me and I my spirit laughs with delight inside. Enjoy your week dear sister and stay safe, we pray the Lord will bring us all through this time and keep us safe under the cover of his feathers under his almighty wings.(Ps 91) 🙂

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      • Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful response. I had to find the Grey Butcher bird online and found a film of youths and parents calling out to each other!
        Wonderful how the Lord inspires you brother, may He continue to order your steps, and your lovely wife’s, through His awesome creation.

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