Birdwatching and Photography of Australian Birds.
Current Blog Post: Godwit Gap Year – The Ones That Stayed
My Bird of the Week: None this week (found within the above post)
Recent Blogs: (see the side-bar on this page and the current blog page for links to the last ten blogs).
Birding Information, Useful Links and Helpful Tips: Check out my InfoTips page
MyBirdSightings: is a recent page addition, listing the birds sighted with date and location in 2017.
MeetingAussiebirder is a page on my website for those visiting from overseas or other states, wanting to meet me for a coffee or join me for a birding experience in the Sydney area.
Helpful Counselling Material on Learning Valuable Life Skills From Our Birds: Check out my BirderSanctuary page.
Read the latest independent review of my book “What Birds Teach Us” click on this link.
Read the latest independent study on the Health Benefits of Bird Watching. Then read mine…
Why Birding? What’s so great about it?
My wife and I are both ‘recreational birders’, which simply means we love observing, sharing and photographing birds from all over our country. Below are seven good reasons why birding is good for a happy and healthy 2017.
Birding helps bond family relationships. My wife and I both enjoy it together, and my children and grandchildren are starting to enjoy it with us. It is something inexpensive that we can do together.
Birding is a healthy pastime because it gets you outdoors in the fresh air, and gets you exercising by walking. It uses your senses and mind in a restorative manner, being a pleasant variation from your indoor domestic life.
Birding is a very interesting hobby, full of variety, like Forrest Gump’s ‘box of chocolates’, ‘you do not know what you will get’ each time you go out, which adds a touch of excitement to it. This is because Australia has such a rich variety of bird species, and also variety in sightings because birds occur in different areas and some at different times of year. Because most birds fly, and can move about, they make each visit to a particular habitat different on each occasion.
Birding is a good pastime to make friends. Birders are generally friendly, knowledgeable people, enthusiastic and keen to share their knowledge with others of like mind. We find that many of our dear friends have shared how they are becoming more aware of the birds and nature around them due to their association with us. It is another great way to help stay off Alzheimer’s and dementia, as it keeps the mind active and learning.
Birding is great to stimulate young minds and bodies to a healthy lifestyle, it increases their awareness of life around them, making them more ‘mindful’ and appreciative, not just of birds but of the other aspects of nature and life that they observe.
Birding helps us live better lives. We learn a lot about life watching the birds, for this reason Jesus Christ even told us to ‘watch and learn from the birds’. My recent book release “What Birds Teach Us” which is featured on my Birdbook page on this website, shows how we can apply some of the peculiar characteristics of our birds to our life, to do life better.
Birding has concomitant rewards because birds live in lovely, sometimes beautiful places, thus you get to enjoy more than just birds. We include birding in our holidays and weekends, and we are always blessed with a beautiful appreciation of our rainforests, bush, seascape, riverscape, flora and fauna found in the areas we bird in.
It does not matter how young or old we are, we can all enjoy birding, just like my granddaughter.
“What Birds Teach Us” my current book release, can now be also purchased here online through PayPal or from Koorong.com. It is now also available also at five major NSW National Parks (Environment & Heritage Shops). Ask your nearest one if they have it in stock, if not get them to get it in. Broome Bird Observatory also sells my book. It is easier and cheaper to purchase your copy here from the side-bar. This is a great gift idea, read the reviews on my Birdbook page.
It is not until you actually hold this book in your hands that you can fully appreciate its beauty, simplicity and yet profoundly wise and helpful encouragement to do life well. You not only learn interesting facts and peculiar characteristics about Australian birds, but these characteristics are applied to your life assisting to achieve a better future and quality of life with a more satisfying outcome. Check out my Birdbook page for more information.