Finally, after 4 months my wife and I get to walk our favorite track again in the Royal National Park, known to locals as the Nasho. It was a beautiful warm day, and even after the week of heavy rain it had mostly dried up after the winds that followed. It was refreshing to hear the sound of Spring birds calling their territorial and location calls common during nesting time, in particular the Golden Whistler, of which many nesting pairs lined the track calling.

Golden Whistler contact call with Lewin’s Honeyeater in background

Sadly, many of my photos suffered as I am adapting to a new lens, which is lighter on my hand, and may have to switch back. Here is one male Golden Whistler which came out to sing for us, they are fast at taking cover when noticed:

We notice that the Spring wildflowers were out in bloom making the place shine, and so much more interesting as they join the birds in the celebration of the season:

One large and spectacular flower which is a native of this national park is the Gymea Lily, and is out in full bloom. The town of Gymea is not far from here. The original aboriginal meaning for the word Gymea is ‘a small bird’ of which there are many of here which feed on this flower’s nectar:

On the river it was lovely to see a Little Pied Cormorant and a Little Black Cormorant swimming next to each other as they dived for food.

Also out on the river catching the spring sun were this pair of tortoises:

Some interesting fungi also got into the act as it lined this tree in such a lovely way:

The usual honeyeaters were present including the New Holland and Lewin’s Honeyeaters, but te Lewins gave us a bit of a challenge:

The Eastern Spinebill is another elusive but beautiful honeyeater which breeds in this park and this was the only shot I managed on the day:

This lone Eastern Crimson Rosella was sitting quietly in a tree:

Lastly, this beautiful female Satin Bowerbird had been feeding in the giant fig. Bowerbirds are essentially fruit eating birds and feed on the several varieties of native fruits in the park, as well as seeds. They have a very unusual but very distinct identifying call. The dark satin coloured male is more elusive and does not like being noticed, eluding attempts to photograph it:

We so enjoyed being back walking in the Nasho again, even though we were not able to photograph as many birds as per previous Springs. We were thankful for the opportunity to receive this gift, as well as the opportunity while on the track of sharing with a couple of women enlightening them about the birds which they appreciated.

Enjoy your week and stay safe. May you be blessed with some wonderful sightings, and may you share some of your insight with someone and encourage them in this challenging time we all share in our life journey.

Remember the perfect Christmas gift is just a click away here on my website:

One of the delightful sightings my wife and I shared on the weekend was this Australian Wood Duck family. We watched as the mother swam about and her many babies swam closely knit behind her, tracing her every move. She finally returns to her male companion who leads the brood to safety behind the Mangroves. The Aussie Wood Duck couples emulate some of the best parenting I have seen in the bird world.

The key to our safety is to stay close to the one who we trust and who loves us and provides for us, the one who is wise and has our best interests at heart. One who does not exploit us or try to make us something to please their own selfish desire for fame or fortune. Birds are so devoted and sacrificial in their parenting duties. Sadly many human parents, which are meant to be far more intelligent and have a great capacity for love and devotion do not display such attributes well. The hallmark of a loving parent (as outlined in my second book) is that they love unconditionally without selfish expectations. In essence they display a non judgmental, non perfectionist non expectational love, which allows their loved one to make mistakes and learn from them. We all fall short in various ways due to our fallen humanity and selfish natures. Thankfully, we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us just the way we are and is the true source of unconditional love, who wants to bless us and not harm us, and who’s words can be trusted, and have proven true throughout history.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 29: 11-14 (NIV)

“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.  Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.  But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”  When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[d] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” – Matthew’s testifies (Matthew 9:9-13) (NLT)

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  1. Hello Ash,
    It’s wonderful to be treated to some views of “the Nasho”! 🙂 Hearing the calls of the Golden Whistler made my morning, and you have some amazing flora and fauna. I am delighted to see that Spring has come. The video and photos of the Wood Duck family really show how the parent ducks watch over their young with so much love and care. I also appreciate how it’s a true Team Effort that both parents take an active part it.

    Autumn has arrived in Japan, and we are finally starting to see some beautiful foliage and hearing the welcome calls of our winter birds as they come here to spend the season with us. Although uncertain times continue, we are grateful for the presence of our avian friends to uplift our spirits in the upcoming months.

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    • Thanks Takami, for the encouraging comments, and especially that you enjoyed my post.
      Lovely that you are seeing the vibrant colours of your Autumn, my wife loves her Japanese Maple tree when it colours up in Autumn here, it has just gained its new growth for Summer.
      Yes it is uplifting to hear and see our avian friends, they are a blessed provision to help us cope through difficult times. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, it has been wonderful to visit our favourite birding spots again, and not wear masks outdoors anymore. We are enjoying the Spring babies and flowers. It feels like Summer seeing and hearing the migratory birds again. We are hoping to get away up north for a much needed weeks holiday, everything is booked out but we managed a week, and hopefully I will see my friends, family and grandies after a year. Enjoy your weekend ! .

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    • Thanks Chrisie for your welcome comment. Yes the Spider flower or red spider grevillea (Grevillea speciosa) are unique Aussie wildflowers and are also see in pink (which I have shown previously) and white. I am delighted you enjoy my posts Chrissie. 🙂

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes they were a gift, especially the ducklings, delighted you enjoyed our Spring birds and how huge Gymea Lily. I went our for over 4 hours today, it was perfect Spring weather for a change. It is so nice to be out of lock-down again.

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  2. So good to hear from you brother and I’m happy you’re back in the parks. I’m on a city bus, without earpods, so those around me were blessed to hear the Golden Whistler!
    There is so much to glean from your posts, I often do some searching to learn more. I wondered why that beautiful flower is called a ‘Mountain Devil’. I thought maybe its toxic, but no. I did find that there’s a tradition to use them to make Devil Dolls. I hope that’s not like Voodoo dolls!!
    Love the ducklings and all the photos. I really appthe edifying narratives.
    Thank you Ashley, I hope all is well with you and lovely wife.

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    • Thanks so much Lisa Beth, I needed a chuckle today, and you blessed me with it, reading how those in the bus were graced with the Golden Whistler call. He, He !
      Thanks so much for your encouraging words dear sister. my wife is putting in her resignation today with view of retirement or partial, as it is time for her to move on from this workplace, which will be best for her health. Please pray the Lord opens a new door for her as this one closes, and that we get out much needed holiday next week when we are allowed to visit the outer regions of our state again, hoping to visit my grandchildren and friends we have not seen for possibly a year or more. Praying you all stay well and safe, and for the favor of our Lord to shine on you and your family. 🙂

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  3. What perfect timing that you can see all the spring flowers as well as the birds again. I am in the southern states right now, hoping to see some migrating birds as they head south for the winter. Birding is such a joy.

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    • Thanks Sandra, yes that would be the warmest place to be and see the migratories, as we are here at present. I have not seen our returning waders yet due to Covid restrictions, so I might try this week. I hope you enjoy seeing many returning birds, enjoy your travels my friend. 🙂

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    • Thanks Lisa, yes it is such a relief to walk in our favorite parks again and see the Spring birds we have missed. We mainly walked around our residential area as we were only allowed a 5 km radius. It was so lovely to see the baby ducklings moving with their mum. 🙂

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