One of the great delights in life for me is to walk through a rainforest while it is actually raining. During all the rain we received recently, last weekend, I had that privilege at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Jamberoo. This is also another place where you can purchase my book. You may wonder why the Fan Palm was used as my lead in photo, but it highlighted for me the variation of light found in a rainforest. Above the same palm has three fronds all appearing with different shades of green. Rainforest are dark places due to the thick canopy of tall trees that form a micro climate beneath. It is a challenge to get good noiseless, non blurred photos in true colour.
Under the canopy vines, liana, ferns, palms, epiphites, fungi and small bushes thrive protected from the harsh Australian sun. Minnamurra is famous for its waterfall, which I have not pictured here, but have a link to view it. Click on photos to enlarge them.
Rainforests attract rain and also require rain to maintain the moisture for rotting process of leaf material on the floor of the forest, so vital for its survival and the survival of many birds in the forest such as the Superb Lyrebird, Logrunner, Whipbird and Bazzian Thrush, which all move around the forest floor digging through the leaf litter for worms and small insects. These particular birds apart from the Lyrebird are difficult to see due to their clever ability to blend in with the surrounding environment.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife symbol is the Superb Lyrebird, and Minnamurra is one place I could almost guarantee you will see one or during your visit, if not you will certainly hear them mimicking the sounds of other birds. While I was there during the rain I did not see many birds on this occasion, but yes, I did see this female Superb Lyrebird foraging. I have always found the females more tolerant of human presence than the males, which seem to move away.
Using their strong feet they scratch in the ground upturning the leaf litter for insects. Recent studies have reported that areas of land where Lyrebirds live experience far less intensity of bush fires. The male has the beautiful lyre-like tail which is an important tool of display in his courting dance, which he spreads over his head in beautiful array, dancing to his own beat. If you click on this link it will take you to last years post which will explain and feature with footage of the Lyrebird’s dance. The female has a rufous marking on her neck.
Unfortunately on this visit I did not see the elusive Logrunner or Bazzian Thrush running around on the rainforest floor, though, I may have but not noticed as they amazing camouflage artists, and stand perfectly still when they see you, blending in with the background. I did not see many birds on my visit but I did see the famous Eastern Yellow Robin found in most rainforests. This bird is quite predictably found in the same area all year round, and is known for its inquisitive nature. It will sometimes come close to observe you or follow you along the track.
The Grey Fantail is another bird that follows you, and it was also present. Please note, these birds are all difficult to photograph in the poor light of the rainforest and often high up in the trees. I do not use flash on birds, though I no several bird photographers that do, I do not think it is good to do it as it gives them another reason to fear human contact.
To my delight and surprise, the bird of the moment, a female Leaden Flycatcher appeared on the same branch as the Grey Fantail. These birds seemed to move about together. I captured these pictures, as the Fantail watches the visiting Leaden with interest. The last of the three shots is very special. How amazing in a rainforest where I see hardly any birds, I find two sitting together.
As you would have seen the Leaden Flycatcher was seen in my post on Oatley Park recently, but I did not expect to find it here. The very hot summer has caused many birds to move into areas further east to escape the heat and find food and water.
The Brown Thornbill is a tiny bird hunting for insects on branches, and seldom stopping for a photo.
The female Golden Whistler also made an appearance.
The only other bird I saw was the Pied Currawong, which is resident at the centre picnic area. You will recall from reading the past post I linked to above, it stole my bickie. This cheeky bird, like most Currawongs are always looking for an easy feed, usually at your expense.
You may notice my posts becoming less voluminous in the future, as my new job restructures our life style. So I finish with this lovely display that Peta and Karen at the rainforest centre, using their initiative, have put together to display my book, which they sold two copies of while I was there. My promo video plays continuously in the centre of the large front page on a small framed player, interspersed with a slideshow of birds and flowers of the national park,
This tiny Brown Thornbill is such a delight to behold, its little face looks at me with concern as I am so much larger. Most passers by would not even be able to see this bird due to its size and colour in the tree. They would hear a soft tinkling as it merrily feeds from twig to twig. This remarkable little bird reminds me of Jesus words regarding wisdom for living:
“This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” -Matthew 13:13
It is only when we look to honestly and sincerely investigate the Truth, without manipulating it for our own purposes or following someone’s distortion of the same, that we see and discover it, to bless our lives as we follow its path. But sometimes we can be looking right at it, and not see it, because we are not necessarily looking for it. That is why ever since the modern world took the path to rapidly depart from the knowledge of their All Wise Creator, many people do not know who they are or how to live a happy purposeful life any more. This is why life counselling and psychotherapy have become one of the the fastest growing industries today, along with increasing reliance on medication and drug abuse to attempt to cope or avoid coping with living a life outside of the One who is “The Way, the Truth and the Life” – John 14:6. It is interesting, for example, to note, that many non-Christian counselors have adopted Forgiveness Therapy, seeing how well it works as a Christian counselling therapy.
Have a wonderful week, and check out my website for more birding info.