11 comments on “The Mindfulness of Birding – Sharpening Our Senses

  1. Wonderful words and gorgeous captures, Ashley! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I always love your Rainbow Lorikeet photos. To see them in the wild would be so wonderful to me! 🙂 Your other photos are beautiful too. I love when I’m alone and walking with nature…stopping & listening…looking around slowly. Smelling too! lol Have a great upcoming weekend, my friend! We’re off to celebrate Grandson #2’s third birthday party. 😊

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    • Thanks Donna, The great thing about Rainbows is if you plant the trees they like to feed from they will come and feed, their constant excited chatter to one another is easy to detect. We are very blessed to have so many in our area as they breed in the hollow of trees, in the same trees as the Sulfur-crested Cockatoo which are abundant in the Sydney region. Enjoy a wonderful birthday weekend with your grandson and family, he will be so delighted and blessed to see you. Grandparents are so important to the stability and passing on of wisdom to the next generation, and we both share that special time in life. Blessings dear friend. 🙂

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  2. Totally agree that birdwatching is theraputic. 🙂 How can we watch all these amazing birds and not realize that they have a Creator that cares for them. This also helps us realize how much more He cares for us. My birdwatching is slowing down some, but it is so rewarding when I do get to be out with the birds. I still get amazed at birds I have seen many times, let alone the birds you introduce us to from “down under.” 🙂

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    • Thanks Lee, I was so glad my grandson who recently stayed with us during the current school holidays went birding with us, now all three have enjoyed the experience behind a pair of binocs. My younger granddaughter is now awaiting her turn. have found birding more difficult also as my eyesight has been challenged with a serious chronic condition for some time. Much prayer from dear friends and Father’s grace has kept my retinas from detaching. Yes, and likewise here many of the avid birders here are in their mature years, with not many younger ones, though we are working at changing that. The health aspects of birding are part of my strategy to attract these health conscious new generation yuppies into birding, and possibly through my book and school talks the youngest ones.

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    • Thanks for your welcome comment, so glad to have follow my blog, I have been learning lots about your American birds from others who follow mine, as they learn about ours. Many people feed the Lorikeets and they come in noisy excited flocks. We hear them feeding on our Bottlebrush tree each morning, they are stunning in the sunlight with their many colours. Here’s a link to one of my Aussie blogging friends Sue’s post on Rainbow Lorikeets when she was recently living in Queensland: https://mywildaustralia.wordpress.com/category/rainbow-lorikeet/
      Hope you continue to enjoy our Aussie birds and the interesting features I present including some of the latest research into bird neurology.

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  4. Hello AB, among my various pursuits I practice Tai Chi, and the concept of mindfulness is embedded in the forms. I always smile when I see and ad for ‘mindfulness seminars’ or the like, as if the participants will discover some ‘new age’, never thought of before information.
    The Carpenter from Nazareth’s parables often are filled with, ‘have you not seen’, awareness of the around messages.
    As you say, if I go with a non-birder it is often a challenge for them to lock into the sounds and movements that we almost take for granted. And you story of the Nankeen Night Heron is a pretty good example of a bird that is not easy to spot.
    Our local river Tawny Frogmouth are just about everyday alongside a major footpath, and people pass by without noticing. 🙂

    I agree Jen, its nice to just slow down and enjoy the surrounds.

    Thanks for posting

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    • Thanks so much David, and thanks for pinging back my to my post in your beautiful swan post. I did have trouble getting the comment I made there to take, so if you see three, please delete two of them. Yes so true Jesus always used mindful wordpictures which everyone young and old could easily understand in their very present circumstances.Yes also to Tawnys they can hide so well and perching right next to busy footpath never worries them as they believe (I think) that they are so well camouflaged no one can see them, and true most pass them by without noticing. We find this the case also here. Enjoy your week and keep cool, as this week of heatwaves blows through.


  5. Such a truthful post…nature is so healing and soothing when we take the time to slow down and enjoy it. I always feel closer to God when I stop to appreciate His creation. Just this morning I was reminded of How he takes care of us as I was throwing seed out to the birds in the icy snow. How much more He takes care of us!! Beautiful pictures, and I really love seeing the variety of Herons you have and my cat and I enjoyed the videos with the sweet bird chips. A very blessed week to you and your wife, stay cool!!

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    • Thanks Jen, it is great to hear from some one on the same page and appreciating the presence of our beautiful God in his creation. So glad your cat was enjoying it also, and hoping there was no licking of lips and salivation viewing the birds. Richest blessing to you and the family dear blogging friend. 🙂

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