As another Christmas comes around in what has been another challenging year for us all, and continues to be for many, it is an opportunity to refresh ourselves as to its true meaning and implication. I had my grandsons come and stay and go out birding with my wife and I this week which was a wonderful experience for both them and us. Here are some of our birds. The young keen sight of these teenagers is amazing, one spotted a Green Catbird deep in a tree, which I could not even see. Hopefully when the cataracts are removed from my eye next February, I will see better. Below are some of the birds I did see and capture, some very fast moving. The cold erratic weather continues to make birding a challenge and keep the migratory waders away.

For my final post for the year I leave you with a little song I put together with some Fairy-wren footage. The last bird is the Variegated Fairy-wren I only managed one clear shot of. These tiny birds are very fast and agile as you can see from the movie.

Christmas Greeting

May you and your family enjoy a very special and peaceful Christmas Celebration, remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season, but more so take the opportunity to quietly explore the true Jesus (Yeshua: Savior) and discover as I did one Christmas in my late teens, the peace and joy of knowing, loving and serving Jesus as Lord and King and know and love my Almighty Creator God as my Heavenly Father and Friend.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” – 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:9-14

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    • Thanks Lisa, yes we had a quiet Christmas with some of our children and the weather was beautiful and not raining for a change which made it all the more enjoyable. I hope yours was a wonderful time and that you are not in the states that are freezing in the snow storms, which look to be horrific like our fire storms and massive floods recently.
      Have a really happy, healthy and peaceful new year my friend. 🙂

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  1. Hi Ashley & Robyn, I have enjoyed your aussiebirder posts all year – love the photos and learn so much about birds in my local area.
    Hoping you are both well and spend a lovely Christmas with family and friends. Pop in if you’re in the area 😊

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  2. So wonderful your recent grandsons’ visit/stay and out chasing birds!! 🙂 I know it was a very happy time. I am beyond excited to spend this weekend with all our grandkids. I wish you and your wife a beautiful Christmas Day, Ashley, and a fabulous, safe and healthy New Year!

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    • Thanks Donna,
      Wishing you a wonderful time with your grandchildren also Donna, and a most enjoyable Christmas with all the family. Than you for all your posts and encouraging comments throughout the year, they are greatly appreciated.
      May you both enjoy a healthy, safe New Year also, with a glorious bounty of birds both lifers and new horizons.
      Blessings my friend 🙂

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      • Thank you so much, Ashley! Our Christmas begins today with first set of grandkids, tomorrow with the other set, and the following day with all of us converging on Rick’s parents house for another full day of celebration. We are blessed this Christmas!

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  3. Hello Ashley, all the best to you and your family for the festive season, may it be wonderous and joyful.

    Us oldies with cataracts are at a distinct disadvantage in the field with those with younger eyes. I think its not only the eyesight but the intense and at the same time open desire to see, experiment and to enjoy in a whole new way the wonders of the creation.
    We might be a little blasé about seeing yet another Superb Fairywren, but to watch and see the personality of each little bird is something that all generations can experience, albeit at different levels.

    Thanks for all your lovely insights into the natural world this year and for your lovely comments on my blog.

    I just hope that 2023 brings some enjoyable weather and the birds that we so miss may return in good numbers.

    Catch you Along the Track.

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    • Thanks so much David, I have greatly appreciated our exchanges during the year, and greatly enjoyed the quality and content of your amazing photography. It is a great joy that we are both blessed with birding spouses so we can share our delights.
      Enjoy your time with family and friends during this time of year. I do enjoy the enthusiasm of our Grandies and their spotting skills are another premium blessing. I always tell them: “you are always welcome to come birding with us again, we love having your bird spotting eyes present !”
      The good news is that Summer finally arrived on Christmas eve and appears to be hanging around for the next week. 🙂

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  4. Merry Christmas Ashley, that little bird is fast but what beautiful blue markings it has. You get to see the most unique birds. I am hoping to see some new ones this spring down on the coast. Have a happy new year as well

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    • Thanks Sandra, yes our tiny Fairy-wrens are some of our most brightly decked out birds when they they are in their breeding plumage, as they all are now during Spring and Summer, but will soon look very ordinary like their females when they lose this beautiful plumage. Speed of movement is their best defense against predation. Hope you see some colorful beauties in your Spring. Enjoy Christmas with your family my friend.

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