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If this is your first visit to my website and you are becoming interested in Bird Watching as a healthy recreational pursuit, check out my Benefits of Birding page.

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What’s New in 2020? 

Two very unique and special book releases by the author of this website. Check them out at the NewBooks2020 page.

“What Birds Teach Us” my last book release, can be purchased here online through secure PayPal. Read the recent reviews and purchase your copy on my Birdbook page.This is your most economical purchase option. This book is a great gift idea for Birthdays and Christmas or just as a gift to encourage an interest in our native birds.  This book targets reading age of 8 years  and older and has the added advantage of complements the NSW Primary School  PDH (K-6) syllabus. It is the gift that will keep on giving. Many private book stores and gift shops also sell this book. Click on this link to see the list Where My Book Is Sold.

Attention: Primary School Parents and Teachers!

A Great Fundraiser for your School or Group!

Aussiebirder addressing a Primary School

The above author holds an Advanced Diploma in Counseling and Family Therapy. His passion in 2020 is to assist in equipping our children and young people to make wise choices for life. Ashley as Aussiebirder, is available for Library Talks and Book Presentations in Schools and Groups. His book enhances the NSW Primary School Syllabus for PDH (K-6) and has had favorable reviews from readers, counselors and educators, especially in regard to the unique nature of the book, which uses our beautiful  Australian birds to teach important life skills. . Ashley enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion, by delivering Powerpoint talks to school groups, P & C groups, church groups, club groups and in seminars. An offering is made of a percentage of each book sale back to the school or organisation. A second book is planned to be published for young adults, later in 2020. To make contact Email: ashley@aussiebirder.com or use the email contact at the foot of this page.


If you are struggling, grieving or going through a difficult time at present…

If you need renewed courage and peace to step out and face life afresh…

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NOTE: All photos, videos and music used on this website are photographed, composed, performed  by the site owner and remains his copyrighted property, unless otherwise stated. The use of any material that is not original material of the site owner is duly acknowledged as such. © W. A. Hewson 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.


31 comments on “Home Page

  1. Nice to meet you both at The Town Common in Townsville today and really glad that despite a slow start our birding pride and joy came to the party with a few birds for your enjoyment 🙂 My highlight today ended up being the pics I got of the Rufous Fantail, my nemesis has been defeated!!! Safe travels and I look forward to exploring your blog.

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    • Thanks Matt, it was lovely meeting you and having a birder chat. We both enjoyed meeting a local birder. We were so blessed to have what appeared earlier to be disappointment turn into pleasant surprise. It is a great feeling to finally capture the ever elusive bird. The rufous eludes me at times also. Enjoy your birding and thanks for talking the time to look us up.😊


  2. Goodness and neglected to specify I truly cherish birds!…I truly making the most of your seasons video with the empowering words, your excellent photographs and adored the tune and music. Much thanks to you!..


  3. Hi, I was looking at some of the great photos that you have taken in the Wingham national park, the photo of the different coloured Rainbow Lorikeet, it was very interesting to see that, are they common in that area?

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    • Hi Joseph, thanks for your welcome comment, the olive-backed variant Rainbow Lorikeet that I posted on my visit to the Taree/Wingham area is not a very common mutation, and this is the only one I have seen. There are many different mutations for different birds, and in particular for the lorikeets. Sadly I can not find the link to the website article that had documented the many variations of these birds. If I find it I will email it to you. Enjoy birding!


  4. What’s the secret to identifying birds?

    It’s not an easy question to answer.

    More than 700 kinds of birds live in North America and more than 10,000 worldwide, enough variety to keep anyone absolutely amazed for a lifetime.

    But you probably know other people that are able to accurately identify just about every bird.

    How do they do it? Do they know some “birding” secret that you don’t?

    Actually, yes, they do!

    And today I’m going to show you one of my favorite birding pursuit strategies of all time: the Eagle Eye Approach:



    • Thank you Mary for sharing this information. We find the shape and manner of the bird helpful from a distance. In Australia we are more likely to hear the bird before see it, so knowing the call is helpful and we have apps for that. Most bird identification comes from the study of the bird as one encounters it usually for the first time. Your information looks very helpful.

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  5. I read the new book, “What Birds Teach Us”. Its great! Love the photos. My favorite photo is of the Spotted Pardote, I am sometimes blessed to see them around my home.

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  6. I really enjoyed your seasons video with the encouraging words, your beautiful photos and loved the song and music. Thank you! It’s great that you share Scriptures and your faith on this website and your lovely blog, “MyBeautifulSeries”. Really enjoy the photos on there too. Blessings to you and your wife. Thank you, again. ~ Janette. 🙂

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    • Blessings also to you dear sis, your Scripture art is likewise spiritually delightful and commendable. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for checking out my site. The Birder Sanctuary is also a page on my site we have devoted to the spiritual application of bird peculiarities to our lives. Thank you for your warm blessings to my wife and I, likewise I return the same to you and your family. Shalom. and richest blessings… Ashley:-)


  7. Hi Mister I really need to know when does Black Winged Stilt live in India. I am looking forward for your answer.


    • The Black-winged Stilt is a migrant to many countries of the world including Asia, and may migrate to Africa and other warmer climates during winter months. As I am an Australian birder my knowledge is more with Australian bird activity and how this bird moves in our country. However, to my knowledge, the Black-winged stilt is found in India from around November to March and possibly longer. Hope this helps. I suggest you look up this bird in a birding field guide for Indian birds, or search the internet for more specific times and places.


    • Thanks so much Elisa, producing my own music is my second hobby to photography and birding, though I don’t do as much recording these days, I like backing my movie clips to add character. My DVD set Ashley’s Beautiful Series incorporated my photography and my own unique soothing music. My attention at the moment has been in completing the second draft of my book “What do the birds teach us?” I hope to publish later in the year.


    • Thanks Donna, these guys are young ones, when you see the adults fighting over food in the wild, they may give a different impression. They often bare battle scars from fights over food. Their jaws are one of the most powerful, you should hear them crunching bone, it is quite eerie.


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