Ash Island is part of the extensive Hunter Wetlands National Park, and while it includes the breeding grounds for several water birds and passerines, it is also houses south-eastern side, the worlds largest coal loading facility. The drought conditions have been drying up the many lakes and ponds leaving salt marsh conditions which has made the Red-necked Avocets more visible as they scoop the mudflats of the remaining marshes. Usually the Black-winged Stilt is found with the Avocets here, but they were no where to be seen, as the water levels were probably too low for them.Click on photo to enlarge it.
This juvenile Avocet is noted along away from the close knit flock. Notice its grey/brown head, this will turn red as it matures.
This footage shows the upward and/or sideways scooping action of the Avocet’s very unique beak. God has designed this bird’s beak to sift out small crustaceans (known as Brine Shrimp) from the moist salt layered mud.
This small family flock of White-faced Heron grazed further back from the road undisturbed.
Across the road high in this electricity tower an Osprey nest had activity, though the Osprey did not like me watching them.
This beautiful bright Yellow Thornbill was seen and heard moving the trees by the road nearby the Osprey.
Lastly, nearby this beautiful male Superb Fairy-wren called from the tall grass by the road.
The amazing thing about this visit to Ash Island was that all of the above was viewed within a 100 metres, from the road. My wife and I have found on our travels, if you just park by the road anywhere birds are sighted, watch and wait, often you will be surprised by what is there. You also need to remember to look up. This immature Whistling Kite was being pursued by this lone gutsy aggressive Noisy Miner which shows that its not about size but courage. Fear brings defeat before the battle begins, but faith and courage can defeat enemies far greater that fear can ever realise.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Even the weakest, small in stature, seemingly insignificant person can achieve great things in life with faith and courage that is grounded firmly in God’s strength, which is freely ours trusting in Jesus as we access his Holy Spirit power. Check out Jesus for yourself. Don’t get led astray thinking you need to go to a church to find him. I found him from reading his story in the Bible in a plain English translation and later prayed to him, asking him to forgive, restore, renew me and come into my life. It was the best decision I ever made, and he has been the best for my life and my wife also.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
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