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 […]
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.
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.
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:
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