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 […]
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.
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.
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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)