Another beautiful still, warm, crisp, Autumn afternoon, so my wife and I made our way again to Mt Annan’s Australian Botanic Gardens in search of the elusive endangered Swift Parrot, as well as the very elusive Little Lorrikeet, which due to both its small size, green plumage and always feeding deep inside the very high eucalypt canopy away from the sun, make it one of the most difficult birds to photograph. Look carefully at this photo already 400x and find the Lorikeets. I highlighted two but there are others.

find the little lorikeets

The only detection factor for this bird and the Swift parrot when feeding is the bright markings around their beaks, otherwise they just look like leaves. Just to get a photo of these birds is challenging, so please take into account that these photos have had significant post production lighting to make the birds both visible and identifiable.

No other birders turned up this afternoon so it appears that the quest for the Swifties return has not occurred again this year, as the smoke from our horrific fires drove them away last year. One bird that was in large numbers at present was the White-naped Honeyeater feeding off lerps and being constantly harassed by the Bell Miners who have take possession of this cluster of trees. This tiny Honeyeater moves constantly licking lerps, and again is difficult to photograph in high eucalypts even in bright sunlight.

Here are the rascals that were harassing every other bird that came onto their turf, the Bell MIner, which I explained in my last post is responsible for the death of many of our beautiful eucalypt trees due to its possessive trait and feeding habit. The Spotted Pardolote were also being attacked, as per usual and even the Currawongs and Wattlebirds.

Here is an interesting pose often seen in preening birds where they do the head disappearing trick.

Look carefully and you will see this Bell Miner about to pick off the lerps from the leaf with its beak. I have highlighted the leaf so you can see the dot of white lerps. Also notice how many of the leaves are damaged, which places the tree under stress. You might well ask how can such a small bird be responsible for the death of so many huge tall eucalypt trees and that’s why?

It was a lovely surprise to catch this lone Grey Fantail actually fan its tail for me.

The immature Olive-backed Oriole was present once more, posing for me.

A small flock of Red-browed Finch were sunning themselves in the bright sunlight and the sun illuminated their beaks, though they were over exposed.

One bird which I always love seeing and always come close to look me over is the Eastern Yellow Robin, our most common coastal Robin. This bird is features on the covers of my new book, with photos of its various stages of development, as in the book it deals with the stages of life and Intentional Living through our Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding years…

of which my favorite moment with this bird was when it landed in my hand and we both had about twenty seconds looking at one another. I had no food it just sat on my hand when I stretched it out for it, as you can see.

Now here is what I saw this time round, as he spent a minute just looking at me only several feet away…

Last of all, with no Swifties seen, was this female Variegated Fairy-wren.  Unlike the Superb, the female has the blue tail similar to the male.


Have a wonderful week and enjoy the lovely weather of the changing seasons, as Winter approaches and the mornings get colder, but the says are crisp and clear.

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Compared with our usual birding outings this one was not as rewarding. I went out today alone on a day field trip and drove over 400 km to not only not find the birds I was expecting to find, but no blossom and no birds, it was astoundingly quiet for this place I visited. But for one good experience I had, on the trip, from an unexpected diversion, I did experience some disappointment, especially since I had invested a day, petrol and riding rough 4 WD tracks in search. Probably the one most significant contributing factor to our anger,  grief and depression are our unfulfilled expectations. One of the problems is with our self centered natures.  After our common ancestor Adam moved away from trusting his Creator to lead and care for him and decided to run his own life, his own way, he deceived himself thinking that he could be like God, and plan and order his life the way he wanted.  This is why we  get angry and upset when things do not work out the way we planned they should. Things we have no control over, like the Covid or the weather. We complain when we don’t get rain and we complain when it rains on our birding day out etc etc. Here is an interesting flow chart.

A man called Paul a follower of Jesus wrote these words while he was imprisoned for a no crime and without being tried: I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him [faith in Jesus Christ] who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11-15 (NIV)

Contentment in life is the secret to true happiness and peace and is made possible from a true acceptance of our circumstances, based on a firm assurance that our our Creator is in control of our lives and is using everything in our life for or benefit and growth, be it seeming good or bad at the time. This is why this same Paul was also able to say. 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together  for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT)


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  1. Hello Ash,
    What a special moment to “catch” the single Lorikeet on the branch alone. Seeing a view of the Eastern Yellow Robin always brightens my day, and I can appreciate better why this lovely bird graces the cover of your new book.

    The reminder of the importance of mindfulness, and the very helpful flowchart are a welcome reminder to be aware of our expectations, and that there is always a natural time. Admittedly it is challenging when one goes through challenging times, but perhaps it’s all the more important to be aware (and patient).

    I appreciate again how you show not only a variety of your beautiful birds, but also highlight their natural surroundings, along with how their actions can and do affect the environment around them.

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    • Thanks Takami, yes we love the Eastern Yellow Robin, it is such a blessing to see it pop up right next to you on a tree trunk or branch looking at you with its big dark eye and waiting for you to uncover insects as you walk on the track. Yes when we are suffering or finding life difficult, that is when we need to be aware that we are actually going to benefit from that experience if we are patient and ride the storm, keeping in mind that God has something valuable to teach us and mature us through the experience. I have come to believe no experience in life is ever wasted on us, if we do not learn from one, another will follow and eventually when we look back we can see how we have grown through the various series of difficulties and be thankful for our mistakes as well as our achievements.

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  2. Those lorikeets were certainly difficult to find! Great pic of the fantail fanning its tail, I’ve been wanting to get a photo like that for ages but they are too quick lol.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes the fantail is always a challenge, but he just kept the fan open long enough for me to focus which does not happen very often, and is even more difficult with the Rufous Fantail who never seem to stop.

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  3. I love to see your findings, thank you brother. But I so appreciate that, as you found the Lorikeets camouflaged through the leaves, you also bring forth the rich treasures hidden in Gods precious word.
    Contentment today is a rarity – and you shared the “secret” to find it.
    Worth rereading and copying the chart.
    Thank you Ashley, for sharing of the Lord and the works of His hand.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, yes it is always good for me to remember that everything is working for our good, and at times it is too easy to stress and become disappointed when things do not go the way we had planned. Thankfully the Holy Spirit picks gives us a nudge from time to time to remember to rest and trust rather than stress and rust. 🙂

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  4. If it weren’t for their loud vocals as they feed, I’m sure many more would never be spotted. Colourful, yet so perfectly matching the treetops. Usually so high up that its a challenge just to get a view.

    The Bell Miners certainly leave large tracts of trees defoliated. They also are quite territorial and prevent other birds from using the trees.

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    • Thanks David, yes they have been very challenging to say the least, and sadly the poor photos result. The Bell Miners were chasing off every bird they could, especially the smaller Pardolotes and White-naped, but they continued to feed regardless. The Little Lorikeets found hiding on the dark side of the tree canopy where the Miners do not go and not being too noisy was a safer option. They even chased Bowerbirds and Currawongs who were feeding on berries.

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  5. Thanks Donna, yes it gives everyone an idea of the degree of difficulty and challenge these little guys present to the keen birder. Most people would never see this bird with the naked eye unless it were flying, and even then it is so fast you would barely know what it was. The love exposed guy was real surprise and so out of character.

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