This week has been a busy and exciting one with the release of my new book “What Birds Teach Us”, which is now available online (in the sidebar of this blog), and is showcased on my BirdBook page. I will share more about this later.
I set out on my usual Friday morning birding adventure. There was an air of expectancy knowing that the waders were back in town. I knew that by habit they would return to the very same area, grazing exactly the same mud flats as last year, having traveled 32, 000 km since they were last here, could it be possible that I would find them in the same places as last spring? My first stop was at Dolls Point (where I had a flock of Bar-tailed Godwits last week). I was astounded to find on the waters edge, a bird which I had seen in this very same spot a year ago. It was very a strange dejavu experience, there was a single immature Kelp Gull in the same spot on the same beach alone, where I found it one a year ago.
Nearby was one lone Pied Oystercatcher, sadly with a grosly deformed beak. I wondered how it survives, usually you find this bird in pairs, but I suppose it highlights the difficulty one has finding a mate with such physical deformity.
Looking further down the beach I spied one lone Bar-tailed Godwit (my previous Bird of the Week) foraging by the waters edge, not the usual flock, just a young male all alone.
After filming the Godwit I turn to find the lonely Kelp Gull had picked up a friend in the White-faced Heron, whom is also scanning the beach alone, keeping each other company.
To top it off I saw one Masked Lapwing, this is a bird you ALWAYS see in pairs. After filming these guys I set off to the mudflats where last year I had found a lone Eastern Curlew (which I featured in last years blog), could it be possible that it would be there again.
On my arrival, I scanned the mangroves on the mudflats being low-tide now, but nothing. I was just about to leave, and I looked further up the beach and there it was. The lone Eastern Curlew, just as if I had left it here from last year. It was working the same area of mudflats alone. I was so thankful, and felt so blessed, as I drove home, that the Lord had granted me ‘One of each kind’ as my gift for the morning. What an extraordinary morning, but it bares true that waders are creatures of instinct and habit, and do rely on the wetlands and mudflats being available to them in the same area each year. Unfortunately, this requirement is the reason why our wader numbers are drastically falling, as Asian countries reclaim the wetlands and mudflats for human use and development, where these birds stop off to replenish their food intake.
Above is a video of these ‘ lone waders’ grazing the shoreline.
You may remember me sharing about the discovery of this pair of Tawny Frogmouth in Oatley Park Reserve in a previous blog in April earlier this year….
Guess what love does? It bears fruit and increases reproducing further blessings. A teenage birder blog follower friend shared his find last Sunday, and my wife and I checked it out that afternoon. It was near the previous sighting and also in a tall eucalypt tree. The nest is composed of a forked piece of wood across the branch, in which was placed compacted Bracken Fern. It appeared very basic, but sufficient, as these birds seem to brave the elements well. You may see further photos with captions on my Home Page.
If you have not visited my new book promo page I encourage you to do so and watch the short video. The book has been an inspired venture which I undertook in the earlier months of this year, and has finally after much work made it to print. I have been greatly encouraged by the comments from my publisher, printer and those who have already purchased it. How can such a beautiful book be so inexpensive? It is more about sharing wisdom with the next generation than making lots of money. My heart has always been to encourage youth, to make wise choices and decisions, to be courageous, to reach their full potential and to do life better. Above is a layout of one of the birds featured which is pictured in my posts of the last two weeks. It is easy reading and has a life skill blessing, discerned from each bird.
Beautifully illustrated with photos taken from our Australia wide birding adventures. This book will make a really great Christmas Gift, as some have already said they are doing with their purchases. It is a gift that will go on giving, wisdom and encouragement for years to come. Christmas is only weeks away.
A great favorite in the book is the bird featured on the cover, the Splendid Fairy-wren, which is the first bird in the book. There are over 100 photos in the 72 pages with over 30 Australian birds featured. If you want to learn more about our birds this book will assist. It is not an ornithological work, but an interesting, informative and encouraging book for ordinary people. Some of the photos are very unique and portray behaviour which is seldom photographed or seen. The story is displayed in some cases in the smaller photos positioned above the written word.
I was very blessed to be given the inspiration from God to write this book and incorporate my birding knowledge (the scientific training)and my love of photography with my counselling training (Adv. Dip in Family Counselling) to produce this unique book. The book is written from a Christian perspective but without any mention of Christian teaching in it’s text, so as to embrace all kinds of people, and encourage them in whatever circumstances the book finds them in. The link to my website is a concept which I pray will help people get more out of the book, and allow the book to continue to be a dynamic tool, for building into the lives of our youth.