21 comments on “Catching the Sunshine While We Can – The White-browed Scrubwren

  1. I am always fascinated by those magpies and their ability to remember and imprint into future generations! So glad you and your wife were able to get out and enjoy a bird walk and I so agree with your thoughts on helping the less fortunate… we are blessed to be a blessing! Take care and God bless!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes they are remarkable birds. I was talking to a friend on the phone today and his local Magpies were singing (warbling) beautifully as they waited for him to feed them. So true is your blessing statement, what a privilege to be able to give and help others. This lock-down has been the most serious yet and the Delta strain is very close to home now, so I am staying inside and just writing my 3rd book, which I am enjoying. Blessings in abundance to you and the family dear sister:-)

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes I love watching this little bird hop about, and this one was so not scared of us, it just kept moving about while we watched just a about 2 to 3 feet away. Thankfully the many who were out exercising because of the lock-down did not cause too much of a problem, though they can do, as they talk loudly or stop and ask you what you are looking at. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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  2. Lovely photos of the scrub wren, and a great pic of the butcherbird in flight. I saw on the news the covid situation isn’t looking good up there and your lock down has been extended. If everyone would just do the right thing it wouldn’t be so bad. Good luck and take care!

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    • Thanks Sue, yes the Covid is getting worse here with this Delta strain. We are getting our second vax today. Not sure how we will feel after it. You are in the right place down there so stay safe and keep warm, as I know you would be doing. We are having some our coldest mornings and days for this time of years here. There aren’t a lot of birds about less than usual for this time of year. I think the fires had their toll on many of the southern birds that move up here. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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      • It’s been quite chilly down here, some nights below zero, the frosts are great, looks like a winter wonderland, but the icy roads are not so good. Stay safe and warm up there. Have a great weekend!

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  3. You’re so lucky to have so many birds by you, here, you need to travel many miles to find the birds; That takes a lot of time and money. Great post and photos, Ashley. 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, we want to travel again to get some more lifers, as we have missed that during the Covid years and this might be thwarted again if the extended lock-down does not work. We are blessed as there are many different species and subspecies in every part of our nation and its islands. Yes it is expensive to travel and our country is one of the most expensive to travel in for us. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend. 🙂

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  4. Another wonderful post, enjoyed the videos very much. The Miners mobbing is so impressive- what an inspiration, as you described, to gather together in times of need.
    I pray too that Gods people will unite and love each other, esp as this world darkens and increasingly opposes them.
    Just an odd aside, I had a dream the other night, in it I had two (uncaged) beautiful white birds. They had pink heads and pink splotches. I said in my dream, “I must write to the Aussie birder, describe them and ask him, what are these birds!”
    Maybe you’ll see them on your next outing 🙂.
    Have a good week and thank you again brother!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am always encouraged by your most welcome comments. So glad you enjoyed the videos, they do give more of an idea about the bird than just a photo. Yes we remain in lock-down and possibly another week added as things are not yet improving here and the Delta Cov-19 virus is in our local town now, up to now we were one of the safe towns. My wife is so hoping that our long awaited holiday next month will not be cancelled again, as she heeds a break from her stressful work. As for your dream bird, depending on its size and shape, the Flamingo comes to mind, as a very graceful pink bird nearly fitting that description. As for Aussie birds I can only think of the Long-billed Corella having pink on face and neck and Major Mitchell Cockatoo, they are white and has a very pink around head and crest. Otherwise the Brolga a large crane has a pink face but no blotches as such on any of them. Interesting dream, maybe it has its own message to be revealed. I will keep a lookout for this bird and let you know if I see it. Enjoy your week dear sister and I hope Starry Night continues to enjoy the videos also.:-)

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      • Wow, those are extraordinary birds – I wish they did land in my dreams! Thank you for pointing me to them, enjoyed seeing them online!
        Thank you Ashley, you surely know the Lord’s birds- and I’m so glad you do!

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  5. Hi Ashely, We noted the same behaviour last year during out 4 month lockdown.
    We had been walking some tracks and trails near home pretty much people free, and especially if we chose earlier in the day, our preferred time
    However banned from their usual shopping mall environment, it was interesting to see the hoards of people that were out on the tracks, with their usual collection of dogs, small kids, pushers, mobile phones and ungrouped groups. 🙂 Motorised scooters, walking aids and of course lots of talking.

    Not complaining, just as soon as the lockdown ceased, a minimum kept it up for awhile, then, we had the tracks back to ourselves except for a few other dedicateds who’d just kept their usual patterning.

    We too, had the problem of wrong time of season, but managed to work out some possible territories and like nesting areas. As our lockdown went on into early spring it was good to see the small bush birds ignore the passing parade and get on with what they are designed for.

    Looks like you had a great ‘hour’ in the sun, and I trust that your lockdown comes to a rapid close.

    Good luck

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    • Thanks David, yes it it is an interesting observation, and I wonder how many of the many that are on the trails during lock-down actually ever go out for a walk. Thankfully for most it is temporary flight from boredom. It is not looking good here ate the moment as the virus has now hit our suburb and others around which is very threatening, and I am doing more online shopping trying to avoid germ city. I think they may extend lock-down tomorrow if the cases keep going up overnight. Now they have people in ICU wards. I was concerned I may not have had enough for a post, but somehow it all came together. Witnessed interesting Miner behaviour today in my back yard bird haven, how their mighty coalition rallied to drive the Currawong away from our nesting Crested Pigeons in our Bottlebrush. The Currawong had a go at the Pigeon on the nest and cried out to me for help so I raced out and chased it off, as small feathers floated down. Later the Miners alerted me as the coalition protested at the Currawong attacking the nesting Crested. I came out again and chased it with about 12 Miners in noisy mobbing pursuit, and boy they just kept at it till it flew away from the mango tree, where it hides and does surveillance. I now know what has been going on. The Grey Butcherbird family called out as they all watched the event perched together watching to see if they were needed from a nearby TV aerial also. The male had helped the Miners dispatch the Currawong yesterday as shown in my videos in this post. It has been an eventful day here in lock-down, if it were not for my birds it would just be me writing my book, so it does give some distraction, as well as learning more about inter species bird communication and territorial co operation. Enjoy your week my friend and stay safe 🙂

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  6. A lot of really pretty and handsome birds, Ashley, much enjoyed! Glad you could get out for an hour, and for sure with everyone else doing same thing same place, it makes it more difficult to see birds. People forget to be quiet most times, chatting away while walking. Bugs me, lol.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes noisy people talking, running and on bikes is a birder’s battle to try and stay focused on the bird, which usually flies just as it gets close enough to capture. All the best in your travels, you have shared some pretty awesome experiences. 🙂

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