We continue in lock-down with rising numbers of infections and deaths due to Delta, as the rebels continue to spread it. This week as promised, I present Part 2 of my showcase on the Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia. This is commonly known to us locals as the Nasho. In all, I have presented 77 birds, in addition to which I am sure there are others that appear occasionally in the park from time to time. The music again is by courtesy of David Fryatt and the two tracks used are Spanish Ballad and Canon in D with a short final fill of some bluegrass from myself.

As you can see, this park is a great place to visit on your visit to Sydney, birding holiday or Big Year in Australia. There are other National Parks surrounding Sydney which also include many varieties of birds and habitats. The National Parks shops in our state are some of my best booksellers.

My Grandson discovering my book at the Nasho.

If you plan to visit Sydney (post Covid, whatever that may look like), let us know, and we could arrange to meet you at the park cafe and chat over a coffee and possibly share a walk and some tips. You may remember my posts of the birds dining at the open air section of the cafe: Click on photos to enlarge, they may take a few seconds to load.

Here is my final slideshow for the park which includes some extra features for your enjoyment.

Enjoy your week and stay safe and sane, making sure you have time out in the fresh air to exercise, and if that includes birding, that’s a bonus.

Don’t forget my lock-down book sale is still active while we are in lock-down. So take advantage of it while you can and purchase your Christmas gifts for the one’s you love, here online at these special offer prices.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please check out the rest of my birding pages. Thank you to those who have sent messages sharing how my Birding for Beginners page has helped them, as well as those who have recently taken up birding, inspired by my posts and website information.

Bill’s Rock

The above photo depicts an angophora costata tree (Sydney Redgum) growing out of a pile of sandstone rocks, which is one of the amazing characteristics of this tree, being able to thrive and flourish in the most challenging situations. This feature is found a couple of km along the forest walking track we frequent, and was given the name Bill’s Rock by a couple of birders who we found seated there, resting on the rocks, waiting for Bill, the name they gave the male Superb Lyrebird, to appear, as he had done on a previous occasion. The Lyrebirds fly across the river below from the forest on the other side, to forage along the trail, and often land on these rocks. You may recall the photo below, one of my favourites. See how the huge tree, suspended from the sandstone rocks, leans over the river:

The Hacking River reflecting the hanging angophora tree

This highlights the importance of having a solid foundation for our lives. A world view and faith basis that keeps us steady on a hopeful, joyous, peaceful life course, especially during this current unsettling time in our history. In fact, it is times like this which test the quality and health of our belief system. For some, this may be their opportunity to realize they need a better one. Regardless of whether you believe in God or not, everyone by the time they reach early adulthood have formulated, often subconsciously, their own belief system. The three most important constants in life that enable us to maintain our life course are faith, hope and love. Without these three our lives would be in an emotional and psychological mess, afraid to engage with the world, or even leave our bed. We all need to love and know we are loved, to have faith to trust those around us with a need to be trusted, as well as hope for a our future and that of others.

Jesus says: “I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. ” – Luke 6: 47,48

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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  1. I have to agree with all these comments! The video, with its background music, was so relaxing and enjoyable, thank you!
    I just returned from my weeks with mom as she recovers from surgery. While I considered your fine suggestions to sit outside in closeness to the birds, such a time was impossible! I was by mom’s side all the time..
    But I did view several different birds from windows, live to watch the woodpeckers peck! AND I saw hummingbirds in her Rose of Sharon bushes!
    Love your book, Flight of a Fledgling, the photography and narratives are so edifying. So many truths woven in.
    Thsnk you Ashley for this post and the many ways you contribute to our spiritual and mental health – all sourced from the wisdom of our great God!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am delighted you enjoyed the slideshow and music, and also my second book. It was good that you had time with your mum after her operation, that would have been a great comfort to her. I wanted to share more from a spiritual level but my 3rd book will accomplish this as I am now past half way in writing it. This has been one good use for the Covid lock-downs. We all need encouragement through these uncertain times, and thankfully our loving heavenly Father never changes and his love is constant toward us. It has been difficult for my wife having to work in high risk areas. Praying you both stay safe and sane through this time. Thanks again for your encouraging comments that help lift my day.

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  2. Hello Ash,
    I so loved this second slideshow and the beautiful background music enhanced the wonder of viewing these avian friends. As much of our country remains in a state of emergency, it is impossible to make birding trips to our favorite places, although we do keep up with exercise and “greet” our local birds on a daily basis. As you know autumn is the second migratory season for waders in Japan, but alas, we were forced to miss it this year as well, in order to put safety first. I wonder if this pandemic is affecting our birds, and I wish I could hear their thoughts on the state of affairs with us humans…

    The expression on your grandson’s face, as he joyfully discovers your books proudly being displayed at “The Nassho” speaks volumes. I do hope the day will come when you can take them on more birding trips. And my husband and I dream of the day when we can visit your beautiful country, do some birding, and of course say hello to you in person.

    Thank you again for this uplifting article. It remains a very stressful/challenging time, but taking it one day at a time.

    I look forward to updating more soon, and all our best to you and your wife.

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    • Thanks Takami for your encouraging comments. We are saddened by the state of emergency in your country as both our countries deal with this horrible pestilence. I went in the supermarket just now for the first time in almost 3 months, thankfully it was quiet in the middle of the day, but risky never the less. My wife had to cancel a long awaited appointment today due to her dentist being in isolation. We look forward to the time when our dear friends can visit our country, and when we can all travel again. Yes we wonder about the birds, they have been less here this year, but our 2nd year Grey Butcherbirds have paired up and are travelling around singing together, so I think nesting will be on the way soon. We continue to pray that the Lord will open a way for you both to get work, and that the Lord may possibly bring change in your workplace soon and they ask you back. We look the Lord for his answer. Praying you stay safe and sane. Richest blessings to you both 🙂


  3. A fine compilation of some great bird activities and some lovely days out.

    Hard to believe here we are in September and the way the numbers are going, its going to be at least another month (or more) before those of us in Melbourne will be able to move about to any degree.

    Several businesses, including my local dentist are now closed for cleaning following an infected person using the facilities. It is within walking distance, so we are now on quite the alert.
    Off for my AZ shot this week. Finally.

    Good luck as you deal with the complexities that come from the growing numbers.

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    • Thanks David, I have enjoyed putting together the showcase of our local park, since we can not visit it at present, or any other birding spot of significance. It is amazing how many different species of birds actually live there during the year. Lock-down is starting to wear a little on us here, as like yourself, the virus is starting to directly affect us. My wife was supposed to go for a dental appointment this morning but had a call yesterday to say a positive case had caused the dental surgery to plunge into isolation. This appointment has already been rescheduled several times. Hope your AZ shot goes well, we have been fully vaxed for a couple of months now and had no noticeable after affects. The younger ones tend to have some flue like symptoms for a day or so with Pfizer. My wife has a permit to move between LGAs, it is like living in a prison or war zone. Now the virus is in our town and street, we do not want to go into shops, even for food, we get it brought in. Hope you had a good Father’s Day, despite restrictions. We had a zoom family trivia night with our families which was fun, and a surprise lunch and wine were delivered at Sunday lunch from my children, so it was a special day despite the lock-down. Enjoy your week and early morning mindful moments my friend, and stay safensane. 🙂


  4. Another great little movie you’ve put together Ashley. Loved the pic of the rock warbler with its head tilt looking at your camera and also the photo of the pied currawong with all its wings out so you can see all the patterns, just beautiful! I also enjoyed seeing some of the other animals you see in the National Park. Stay safe and keep your sanity and hope this lockdown ends soon for you up there.

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    • Thanks Sue, I am delighted you enjoyed the slideshow, and yes the Rockwarbler pick is precious. I have several pics of Currawongs with outstretch tail and wings but they are all a bit blurry. They look better from their underside, with more patterns. Thanks again for your kind comments and wishes, it has been a bit of a Groundhog Day here this last few months, and the rules change by the day, and the hour sometimes, so there is a lot of confusion out there, but he numbers keep rising and the infections are all around us. We just keep praying and trusting our God through it all, especially since my wife has always the threat of confronting positive cases in her work. Enjoy your week and the warm Spring weather my friend 🙂

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  5. Nice video! It’s hard to believe Christmas is not too far away. I hope your lockdowns end quickly, we are pretty opened up here, but they keep going back and forth with masks. Fortunately I enjoy the outdoors which helps keep me sane. Blessings to you and your family! 🙏

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    • Thanks Lisa, it has been a real mish-mash of information here as to what we can currently do, as the rules change daily and sometimes hourly. Glad you can enjoy the fresh air, these masks, not making contact with friends and family and the 5 km limit are are quite restrictive and have their emotional effects over time. I am thankful that we are well and have enough to eat each day. Enjoy your week my friend, and blessings to you and your family.

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