Last weekend my wife and I drove to Wagga Wagga to celebrate her birthday with her siblings who had congregated there, and catch up with extended family. As most of you are aware her sister lives on Lake Albert where we often go birding on our visits, for western birds not common to our area, of which there are few, especially during the present change of seasons and post heavy rains.

The main bird of interest was the Crimson Rosella of the yellow race, which was previously known as the Yellow Rosella, and rightly so, as there is very little crimson at all on the bird. I consider if you are going to change a name to group it with another it should at least look like the descriptive name. This beautiful bird is seen feeding from flowers in the bright morning sunshine on Resurrection morning.  I love when it hangs upside down and looks at you.

Of course there are the usual waterbirds, but not many as the rise in water level meant the wetlands were difficult for waterbirds to feed on the weed below.

The morning chorus always commences here with the resident Eastern Aussie Magpie clans calling in chorus to each other to remind each other of their territories and catch up on the latest news. We just sit on the verandah and take it all in.

This guy is listening for larvae which he can hear with his very acute hearing in the soil beneath the grass. This ability is taught to him as a youngster, and this food is a major source, which is another reason why we should not reed these wild birds. They actually protect our lawns from pests. These Crested Pigeons were also catching the morning sun as the morning begin to be cool.

Down by the lake the trees were buzzing with the sound of the Common Starling which breeds there. They do look quite beautiful iridescent in the sunlight.

This lone Red Wattlebird tried to join them but was not welcome by the clan.

Red Wattlebird

As I walked around the lake I was pleasantly surprised to find this Grey Shrike-thrush under a bush foraging in the late afternoon light.

Also in the grass nearby as I sat on the grass and watched, was many Superb Fairy wren, hopping happily about close to the reeds, where they quickly find cover. Some were going through their first morph (coming out of eclipse to breeding plumage) as they can breed several times in a year, they are a very sexually active bird.

Feeding in the grass was this pair of Red-rumped Parrot, which we always see here. The male constantly checked that I was not a threat. Only the male has the red rump, the female has the green one. This bird can be mistaken for the Turquoise Parrot from a distance.

This Willy Wagtail, a true Aussie flycatcher, was busily communing with members of his family as I studied him.

This bird is features in my first book as a very brave little bird, which it is when nesting, and a bird that survives well because of this. It is amazing how effective this little bird is, as you might remember how it stands up to much larger birds which could eat it, such as the Magpie and Kookaburra.

Most of the day flocks of Galah constantly fed on the grass seed by the lake, which is normal custom for the Parrot family after Summer has passed and the grass has seeded.

One last western bird we always see here is the very tiny White-plumed Honeyeater, as it busily feeds on the flowers high on the canopy of the River  Gums, as well as searches for available lerps.

Have a most enjoyable week and weekend ! 

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Lastly, I want to share an observation of my little mate ‘Butch’ the Grey Butcherbird who sings to me throughout the day. He decided to clean out our gutters on the garage, and found food there, including a skink. This caused me to later clean them out properly, as I did not realise till he threw out so much leaf litter, how clogged they were.

““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …” – Matthew 6:25-34

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    • 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 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.


  1. 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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  2. 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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