The Royal National Park is the world’s second declared National Park, 151 square km, situated on the southern outskirts of the Sydney metropolitan area in the Southerland Shire, and runs all the way from the Princes Highway to the high rugged sandstone cliffs to the Pacific Ocean. The Hacking River runs through the centre of the park allowing a diversity of habitat for both passerine and water birds. My wife and I have noted about 80 species of bird, and is our favorite walking and birding spot being not far from where we live. It hosts a National Parks Visitor Centre and Cafe in the town of Audley, and is a place of purchase for my books.
The ongoing Covid lock-down here in Sydney has forced the closure of the restaurant for dining, and because we are not permitted to travel more than 5 km from our home, we have not been able to exercise there or do any birding at all.
So this weeks post is a video commemorating many of the birds found in the park, which is a compilation from the many video clips over the years. I am currently working on a larger project to have slideshow that features all the birds I have seen there. I hope you enjoy it and that it gives more insight into the behaviour of our birds. I kept it to less than 15 minutes as otherwise it would not be appreciated.
Most of the footage was shot along the rainforest track of Lady Carrington Drive. When international and interstate birders came to the cafe and visitor centre, while I was visiting there, I would be told by some of the restaurant workers I knew and then strike up conversations with them, as to what they were seeking. The rarely seen Rockwarbler (included in above movie) was often on their list as it is only found in the eastern central coast of NSW around the Sydney area extending a little inland.
Have an enjoyable weekend, and stay safe. Here Covid numbers continue rise and people are dying at home, as hospitals are under stress. This is the worst outbreak for our country yet, considering last year we had the best record. People continue to put the lives of their family and friends at risk with their selfish rebellious behaviour. If this is your first visit to my website and blog, a warm Welcome to you ! Take a few minutes to check out my pages from my Home Page Menu. There you will find links to my pages on helpful hints on birding and the associated health benefits, as well as helpful counselling material, much needed for our current situation, gleaned from from the birds
The setting aside of areas of land for Sanctuaries, Reserves and National Parks has thankfully been a legacy of conservationists which is a blessing to us all, as well as the many other living creatures that inhabit them. The word Sanctuary is derived from the Latin word sanctus meaning holy or set apart for a special or particular use. Though the word has religious connotations, it can be applied to anything that has been made or set apart for a particular purpose. For example my multi focal spectacles are only sanctified when I actually wear them for the special purpose they were made, to improve my vision. Though they remain special in their own right, they are not functioning in their full capacity until I wear them. So it is with all aspects of life, including our National Parks. It is one thing to declare a site a National Park but if they are not patrolled and kept safe for the animals and birds, they are not truly sanctified in the purpose for which they were created, as are many in the world, where poachers and shooters sneak in to destroy and pillage. The sign above prohibits dogs and camping, but again if this is not enforced, or more so respected by the users of it, the true nature of this sanctuary or safe place which is the ultimate derivative of the word, is not met. So a sanctuary for us is a safe place of peace and tranquility from the stress and dangers of life. For many that is one’s home, or back yard. This world we live in was originally created to be such a safe place and sanctuary, where everyone felt safe and cared for by the Creator who lovingly put it all together. This all changed early in the piece and it became unsafe and is at times very uncertain, stressful and risky because the loss of this respect and love for the Creator’s values. Many have come to wrongly view the Creator’s plan, which is tabled in his love charter known as the Ten Commandments as restrictive and judgmental. This is however only the case because of the guilt we all carry for breaking what we know to be true in our own lives. When we see this charter in the light that Jesus expressed it, we can see our way back to the loving and peaceful life we were all meant to enjoy. The guilt problem has been taken away graciously when Jesus offered himself to die on our behalf and suffer the punishment for our guilt and wrong so we could have a clean conscience and live in a loving relationship with God as our Father again.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30,31 (NIV)
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18
” God love the world [put your own name here] so much, that he sent his own Son [Jesus] so that whoever believes in him, should not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16,17
If this has struck a note with you, and you are interested to check out more. I invite you to take a trip through my Birder Sanctuary pages and see how we can learn about ourselves from our birds, and how our loving Creator uses them to teach us important life truths.