As we continue in lock-down and more restrictions because of the increasing numbers of infections with Delta, I have compiled Part 1 of a special slideshow of the Birds and Flowers of the Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia.

You will remember in my last post I gave a movie clip version of some of the 80 + birds found in our favorite local Park, which we have not been able to attend for the last 3 months, due to imposed Covid restrictions. I know some of you like seeing our wildflowers also, so I have included some of those found in this park, which we also love to photograph. I could have included other wildlife, and may do so in Part 2 next week. The slideshow goes for 10 minutes, so get your coffee and Tim Tams, take a break and enjoy our birds and their sounds to the beautifully played classical music of a friend called David Fryatt and used with permission from his Classical Fair and Just Classical albums. The tunes are Flair; Catavina (my favorite) and Ava Maria. Enjoy !

I hope you enjoyed the slideshow. I will also endeavour to include some of the beautiful aspects of our rainforest in the park in Part 2 next week. You may have noticed, as part of my continuing improvement to my website, I have included more side panel widgets.

Stay safe and sane as we sit out this first month of Spring here.

If this is your first visit to my blog and website, Welcome ! take a look around the pages on birding and also check out my books as they are excellent Christmas and Birthday gifts for all ages, in particular your pre-teen child or grandchild. Many of my blog followers have already previously purchased these books for gifts, many from overseas. “What Birds Teach Us” is one of the best selling non fiction children’s books in our state. It is also a great introduction to our amazing Australian birds for identifying and learning about the interesting ways they live, with the added bonus of gleaning helpful life skills, pertinent to the child learning about life in their formative years.

This may be the most helpful gift you give.

The study of Depression was one my major areas of study when I did my counselling studies years ago. The Covid lock-downs, restrictions, the fear of infection, the losses of life, health and incomes associated, the deaths and the fear of death are a few of depression inciting processes many are experiencing in their minds at the moment. Here is a short list of things you can do each day to help keep a joyful and perserverate spirit.

  • Start practicing an attitude of gratitude: From the time you wake up each day till the time you sleep, verbally speak out and give thanks with an appreciative heart for the good things you do have and can enjoy, even the little things, like seeing a bird. Avoid negative things and watching things that cause you to have dark thoughts. If you have a faith, give thanks to your Creator, that you are well and have enough to eat and draw upon the peace, love and joy offered.
  • Do a random act of kindness for someone: This may be in the form of a helpful deed or an encouraging comment(s). The key is spontaneity and with a joyful spirit, without receiving any payment or expecting any reciprocal response. This is an amazing boost to ones self esteem and puts a smile on both the receiver and the doer. It is best if you do it to someone you do not know and it costs something of your time or energy, but during lock-down it can be done to family members.
  • Do regular exercise 30 minutes to an hour each day: This is most important, as healthy body healthy mind. Exercising enables the release of feelgood endorphins as well as the tryptophan in our brains for when we want to sleep. If we are having trouble sleeping at night, spending too much screen time, this is what your body needs. It also helps tone muscles and redirect the prolonged psychological stress due to worry and depression which results in a lactic acid build up in our bodies as the fear, fight,and flight mechanism is kept active. It helps the muscles release the CO2 build up in our muscles, which contributes to us feeling tired and lethargic from lack of exercise. Cardio-vascular exercise is best where you are puffing for about 20 to 30 minutes, but make sure it is safe for you and that you have no underlying cardiac condition that prevents this, in which case simple walking is best.
  • Eat healthy foods, less carbs more protein and essential vitamins, avoiding excesses: One of the problems my doc shared as a result of the previous lock-downs was the increase in weight and shape of most patients, and how they it affected their health. Comfort food and stress eating are a problem for those with addictive tendencies, as these people tend to oscillate from one addictive behaviour to another. IT is important to supplement your Vitamin D intake during your long stays indoors, as many in the colder countries know is linked to Calcium absorption as well as other conditions. Salad, vegetables, nuts and fish are the best. Vitamin B multi vitamin is important to help relive stress, and Vitamin C important for immune and general health, this one needs renewing daily from about 1000 mg as it is excreted in our urine, and is vital to many body processes.
  • Keep an active mind by doing some constructive project each day, avoiding just sitting about spending all your time watching screens or being inactive: This is very important for men who often get frustrated if they are prevented from doing anything, and this is one of the ways they deal with their stress in a healthy manner. My wife and I have achieved several projects like painting and fixing rooms in the house etc in the previous lock-down, and we continually get pleasure enjoying the work of our hands. Many are finding renovations to house, yard and gardens a helpful way to do this.
  • Spend personal time relating with individual family members in play and enjoying special times together: Make an effort to spend one-on one time with children and spouse. If you live alone, start phoning your friends and spending time talking to people you may not have spoken to for some time, and take an interest in them, giving words of encouragement. This is another way to enjoy spontaneous opportunities to be kind and considerate to others, doing things with them that they like doing, rather than what we want.

There are other helpful hints but this is enough for now.

The above saying does not refer to what we receive, but to our appreciation of it, and the gratitude we express for having received it. It is in this that we are able to be generous and thoughtful to those around us, even in difficult times such as these.

“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” – Psalm 112:5

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians $:4-7

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    • Thanks Deborah, I am delighted that you are learning more of our birds. I am doing the same with yours. The Lorikeets, Rosellas and Galahs are all members of the Parrot family, with slight variations. They have similar body structures it is just the name that separates them essentially, though the Lorikeets have a brush-like tongue for feeding from nectar and pollen from our native flowers, and tend to feed more on these than seeds, beans and nuts. May you have a wonderful week also my friend 🙂


  1. Thank you Ashley for putting together such a wonderful montage of our Aussie birds. The music was beautiful and fitted perfectly and it was lovely to hear some bird songs as well. A lot of great images of birds too!

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  2. Thanks so much for your work in putting this together. I have only visited Australia once with time in Melbourne, Sydney and self touring between the cities which I loved. Being a somewhat birder I love your stuff. I live in Canada so really appreciate the differences in our countries.

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    • Thanks Wayne, we are glad you enjoyed the little showcase and we appreciate your kind comments, our birds are quite different to those in the northern hemisphere and we have so many different species, and so many yet to see once this Covid thing settles down. Part 2 will be coming next week. Enjoy your week, as it will bee cooling down there soon, and the leaves will be heralding the cooler months. 🙂


  3. Hello Ash,
    We enjoyed the introduction to your Royal National Park. (As it’s very difficult for us to go birding due to the ongoing situation, it’s a real treat to get these views.)

    Having worked with Australian colleagues, I do know what Tim Tams are, and have eaten quite a few 😉 Our continued prayers are with you and your wife during these challenging times, and I’ll update again soon.

    PS, still playing “catch up” on your previous articles 🙂

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    • Thanks Takami, delighted you enjoyed Part 1 of the showcase, and that you have enjoyed our unique Tim Tams. Our biscuit company is one of the best in the world and has a long history of interesting biscuit inventions, having Christian roots. You may have noticed that there are 7 in a packet, the perfect number for their perfect biscuit. Thanks again for your kindness and prayers, always greatly appreciated:-)

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  4. Hi Ashley,
    Creating a body of work really gives us a visitors such a great introduction to your vision of the bird life of your area.

    It is always visually exciting to see a wide range of species, and still be able to enjoy the rich details of each one.

    A great project indeed a a fine way to enjoy a Tim Tam. 🙂

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    • Thanks David, showcasing our National Park is the best I can do at present, and an opportunity for others to see just how rich in bird life it is. These productions also give a visitor or new birder an opportunity see and identify some of our birds. Yes that coffee and Tim Tams has become a vital feature of my Groundhog Days, I just have to keep track of how many I have eaten, especially when I am busy. 🙂


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