We have finally arrived at our first day of transitioning out of lock-down here in Sydney, where many have already been out since midnight shopping and celebrating after our 106 days of confinement and restrictions, though many still apply, as we are not yet permitted to leave the Sydney region for our planned holiday. Meanwhile the birds have been unaffected and have been continuing to do what they do this time of year: breed, nest and multiply.

Walking through our local parks much noise and many alarm calls can be heard coming from the many nesting trees, some shared by up to a dozen bird pairs nesting in holes therein. The most noticeable being the Rainbow Lorikeet and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, which compete for the same nesting holes each year. While we taking our permitted health walk last week we saw the beginnings of this process right before our eyes:

Follow the following slideshow to get the whole story in the mating process.

Many nesting pairs means much concern and stress between pairs, in particular, the Rainbow Lorikeets which are known to be one of the most aggressive and wounding birds to those birds which threaten them or their young. Below is an interesting observation of how a Lorikeet pair defend and deter other Lorikeets and predatory birds, in this case the Australian Raven. Together the pair use their beautiful colouring and synchronized acting abilities to scare off any contenders. This behaviour continued for some time till the threat abated. It was seen in several different trees with several different pairs, making the bush alive with alarm calls.

Other birds including Currawongs, Miners and Butcherbirds were also nesting but more covertly. However, we were greatly surprised to find this Long-billed Corella, which is seldom seen in this park and even in our local area, now nesting along with the other other Cockies.

Another finding was the final product of this nesting process, as one Lorikeet family had already hatched their young fledglings. The two juveniles are identified by their darkly coloured beaks and eyes.

The classical picture is usually the male standing watch above the nest and the female occasionally standing at the entrance when a threat is near. The male (as seen in video below) will often make aggressive tones and body signs as the threat is realized. This also applies to the Cockies:


Enjoy your week, and time out birding, and also those still in lock-down and restricted as it is still early days, and no one knows what the full impact of allowing freedoms while the virus is still rampant here, despite vaccination numbers being high, especially for us older ones.

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When I emerged from my car to begin my walk in the park I confronted this male Australian King Parrot feeding quite peacefully by the road only a couple of feet from me. It permitted me and another couple to photograph and watch it.

I was surprised when the young couple asked me what the name of the bird was, as it was a common bird known to most. It appeared that this couple had not walked previously much in this park, and that the pandemic had caused many to retreat to this spot for their daily permitted health walks of 1 hour. We had noticed the increased numbers of walkers, joggers and riders, people who would normally never come here. This sighting awakened their interest as they realized how little they knew about there surroundings, and how special this little sighting was as a memento of their, what could have been, mundane exercise walk. Most never get to view this bird this close.

This caused me to consider some of the benefits of our long lock-down, and one that came to mind here was how much the little things we often took for granted or even obliviously did not previously notice because of our busy distracted lives, become important and wonderful memories enjoyed together, as couples or families. It was lovely seeing whole families out enjoying nature together for the first time, and their delight when I showed them and explained to them some the birds and creatures in the bush they would have not seen otherwise.

This Charlie Brown cartoon caught my eye on Facebook today, I thought it illustrated perfectly what I am sharing here.

One of the benefits being restricted from doing the big things in life, such as working, shopping, holidays and visiting family and friends, is starting to appreciate the things around us that we often miss or fail to appreciate. For me it is my wife’s smile and the times we sit together in the courtyard and watch the birds enjoying the birdbaths and feeding from our tree, as we chat over lunch or coffee. The walks and special sightings God gives us to enjoy together with him. The changes we make to the house, garden and yard.

When we look back these little things become the big things we share that we enjoyed, peaceful, relaxed quiet times together, with no rushing or having to be anywhere at anytime, afforded to us by the lock-down restrictions. An attitude of gratitude enjoying a grateful, thankful and appreciative heart is not only good for our spirit but also for our emotional, social and physical health. It strengthens our immune system and brings longevity when practiced over a period of time. It also makes us smile and laugh more, endearing us to others in our relationships.

Additional benefits come to those who have made it their habit to give thanks and appreciation to God their Creator, it has been shown that these people live happier healthy lives and are less prone to depression and anger related confrontations. It is simply healthy to be happy.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. ” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 (NLT)

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.” – Psalm 144:15


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    • Thanks Donna, so delighted you enjoyed it ! It was a great unexpected treat to witness the mating. It was only that I hung around to catch some couple photos of them preening that we soon realized what was about to take place.:-)

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  1. Wonderful photos of our Aussie birds as always Ashley. Sorry to hear that you are back in isolation after only just being released from the ever ongoing lockdown up there. Thankfully I managed to escape the snap lockdown in southern Tas due to a covidiot who is being uncooperative with authorities, and I hope nothing happens to change things up here in the northern end of the state. I hope you and your wife get through the isolation unscathed and you can get back to birding in a few weeks.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it has been a bit ordinary doing the same thing for a further 2 weeks, except we can not exercise. However, it keeps us safe from infection as everyone else crowds the shops celebrating their freedoms. My hair will have to wait a bit longer, which means hopefully I won’t have to wait too long when we finally come out. We are looking for forward to a short holiday next month, providing our new premier doesn’t move the line again. We are all finding this annoying. Sad that things have got worse again their, your state was doing so well. Well described covidiot, says it all, there are heaps f them here that have kept us in lock-down for so long, and spread it throughout our state regions. Enjoy your week and stay safe 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, for your encouraging comments, we are only a couple of days out of lock-down and my wife and I are plunged back into isolation for 2 weeks due to contact with a positive Covid case, so our birding is on hold again, though the weather here has been very wet. We won’t know for a few days We are trusting our Lord that we will come through this safe. The person who was positive was double vaxed. Enjoy your cool Fall weather and your lovely birding places where you live my friend 🙂

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  2. Hello Ashely,

    Good to hear that you have finally reached the end of lockdowns and have a bit more freedom.
    The Rainbows have only recently in the past few years become a feature of the bush down here but their aggression is evident in taking over areas that were previously used by some of the smaller lorikeets, (Little, Musk and Purple-crowned), as well as a number of the smaller parrots, like the Red-rumped.
    They also have reduced the opportunities for Sacred Kingfishers we’ve noticed.

    For all their colour and splash they certainly have the attitude to go with it, and I recorded them last season intimidating a young Australian Hobby and eventually putting it to wing.

    Great series of shots and story that gives good insight into their tactics and family life

    Stretch your legs.

    Reagards

    DJ

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    • Thanks David, Interesting to read how the Rainbows are aggressive down your way, and how they have become like the Noisy Miners. I use to wonder why the Miners seldom challenged them, and how they would share a tree, with very infrequent clashes, but their aggression and bite is apparently ferocious. I have seen them even confront a Kookaburra, fighting over the Kooka’s nesting hole, but the Kooka’s anger and wrath won the day in the splash of color, it fled. I did not realize that anger can be expressed in birds faces until recent years seeing aggression in birds. We just returned from our first out of lock-down celebration breakfast at our favorite cafe at the Nasho and watched the gentle rain and chatted with the staff as per usual. It has been 3 months since we were there. Not good for a walk, but lovely as we were the only patrons present, and this was our way I enjoying a distanced celebration. Stay safe and hoping things improve down your way soon. 🙂

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    • Thanks Deborah, it was a delight to finally see the Spring birds again, though not breeding on the ponds this year which is unusual. All breeding holes are filled and active in the park with much commotion. We have had a spot of winter weather as the spring rains come in the last few days, so we did not get out for a walk back in our favorite park now our restrictions are lifted, but we enjoyed a lovely breakfast there this morning to celebrate our release from 106 days of lock-down. It has been so different there at the park cafe not meeting the international tourist birders like I use to and chat with them there We are hoping we get to go away up the coast in a couple of weeks for a long awaited holiday. Enjoy your week my friend. 🙂

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  3. Thanks HJ, it was a along spell of isolation from family and friends, but we continue to be cautious for now we have to live with the virus in the community, and the Delta is so infectious, even to the vaccinated. Hoping to visit some of our favorite birding places, but we are still prevented from leaving the Sydney area for now until a 80% double vaccination rate is reached.

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  4. Hello Ash,
    We are very happy to hear that you are transitioning out of lockdown – this is wonderful news indeed. We pray that the situation continues to improve, and that everyone will continue to behave responsibly. That being said, it must have been a very stressful time and I am sure everyone is eager to step outside.

    What a treat you were given by your local birds! They may be “local” birds, but with such vibrant colors and one could never tire watching them. The expressions on the two juvenile Lorikeets as they observe the wide world before them is priceless. I am glad you could introduce the other couple to birding, and how you are surrounded by such beautiful nature. I believe they will never view the park in the same way again 🙂

    It is about 10 days since our government officially ended the state of emergency, and I am happy to inform that the situation seems stable – at the moment. We are still taking proper precautions and exercising common sense, as there is always a chance of another outbreak as more people move out an about especially on weekends. We were able to take a mini-birding excursion to one of our favorite areas for the first time in 6 months.

    I am slowly returning to blogging and reading this latest update is a real blessing. We agree that one “positive” effect from the situation, is how we are reminded to enjoy everything we too often take for granted – including quiet time with those we love.

    We wish you and your wife a blessed week ahead!

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    • Thanks Takami, for your kind comments. We were both wondering how you are both going this morning when we prayed for you, hoping that a new job opportunity is on the horizon, and that you are gradually regaining your health and strength again after your ordeal. We are glad that things are getting better for you to get out and visit one of your favorite birding spots, we are waiting now for fine weather to do the same. It is always a delight to receive a comment from you. I always enjoy meeting people on the trails and sharing with them, which provokes great interest, as many have no idea what they are missing and walking past unawares. Keep well my friend, and enjoy your time outdoors. Blessings 🙂

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    • Thanks Cindy, yes it has been a difficult 3 months and more cut out of our lives, and everyone is celebrating and out there catching up, but new that we have to live with the virus, we will have to be even more cautious. Out in the bush birding is probably the safest place 🙂

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