21 comments on “Autumn Birthday Birding – Lake Albert

    • Yes Lisa, birds are a challenge to photograph, especially Australian ones, which adds to the thrill and enjoyment of birding. You may like to read some of my helpful birding material in my website pages mentioned on the Home Page and in the Menu. I am always learning to better, and to catch that special bird moment, as I study bird behaviour more than just take photos like many of my friends do. Many of my followers tell me the videos and sound files give them a more real idea of the bird which is more helpful. Enjoy your weekend and remember, you might take many photos and find a few really good ones, but digital photography allows us this option. Many professional bird photographers would agree. Much post production with digital software can improve bot so great shots also.

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes it was lovely to see these birds at this quiet time of the year for our birds. It is all about capturing the moment. The pair of Wood Ducks sharing the perch and enjoying the warm morning sun as they both look onto the lake, gives me the sense of their devotion to one another as these birds pair for life. I do love this photo and its significance. Enjoy your week.

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  1. I think I’ll take your picture of the Wood Ducks out my back door, and show my Wood Ducks. I tell them this is what they would like it they flew to Australia. 🙂

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  2. A great assortment of birds to be seen there, what a lovely way to spend a few days. How thoughtful of the grey butcherbird to remind you to clean out the gutters! 😀

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    • Thanks Cindy, yes they were re classified into the Crimson Rosella family less than ten years ago, which many thought strange, but they are distinctively different. The immature Crimsons are very mottled with green and red as they change to their mature form.


  3. It’s wonderful to see species that I’ve never seen before, luckily we have you to get us up to date. Great work, Ashley. 🙂

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  4. Hello Ash!
    What a wonderful, wonderful birthday weekend! I am so happy you were blessed with the perfect combination of dear family and some remarkable visits from your avian friends. I can imagine what a lovely birding (birth)day it must have been for your wife 🙂 It is very interesting to see the male Fairy Wren going through his “eclipse” phase, and I love the “hairdos” of the crested pigeons. Seeing the Crimson (yellow) Rosella upside down is a real treat and I humbly feel there is nothing “common” about the Common Starlings. Such lovely birds are native to your beautiful country.

    Wishing you both (and all your dear ones) a blessed remainder of the week and weekend ahead, and I look forward to placing my order for your new bird book soon – during this month!

    God bless!

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    • Thanks Takami, yes my wife had a lovely time celebrating her birthday with her family gathering, they did honour her well. The Fairy-wren are always interesting when they are changing in and out of breeding. Starlings are regarded a pest in Australia as they take up breeding holes of our less violent birds. We tend to have too many breeding here and out west one can witness murmurations of thousands of birds. Blessings to you both, we had special prayers for you both today. Will let you know about the books.

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  5. Hi Ashley, you certainly had a remarkable day of variety among the western birds. I grew up with the yellow version of Rosella, and sometimes think of them as the ‘standard’. Of course now I have to travel north to see them.
    Grey Shrikethrush are a great favourite. The amazing range of song that they are able to deliver really fills the forest when they call.
    They are quite clever it seems, as I’ve seen them using twigs to lever bugs and caterpillars out from under the bark.
    Glad you were able to enjoy such a range of different birds as it adds to the knowledge base.

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    • Thanks David, yes the Shrike-thrush are a beautiful sounding bird with varied song, which I likewise enjoy hearing when out west. I was surprised to hear one for a day or two in our national park as we seldom see or hear them there. Yes we are learning all the time and often just from standing very still and watching the behaviours and trying to understand what is taking place. When all said and done they are not at all unlike us humans in dealing with family and relational issues. I have enjoyed reading the latest books on the recent research and incorporating this into my counselling teaching, as I use birds to help people face difficult concepts about themselves.


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