Recently my wife and I visited our nation’s capital Canberra to visit family and places where my books are sold. One of the activities we did with my wife’s sister […]
Recently my wife and I visited our nation’s capital Canberra to visit family and places where my books are sold. One of the activities we did with my wife’s sister and brother-in-law was to visit Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary. This wildlife reserve is the only one in Australia that is totally enclosed with very tall electrical fencing to prevent the intrusion of predators and ecologically destructive pests such as foxes, rabbits, dogs, deer, ferule cats etc as the reserve caretakers re introduce animals that have long since gone from this region, in the hope of repopulating the natural wildlife.
It was a cold and windy day for Spring and many of the birds were not present, however on arrival my wife and her sister spotted a bright green bird in a Wattle tree. We stopped and started discovering several male and female Superb Parrots quietly feeding on the Wattle beans. The Wattle trees are currently all forming seed pods which provide the most current food source for all of the various species in the Parrot family. Australia is blessed with many species of beautifully colored Parrot, Cockatoo, Rosella and Lorikeet. These birds are able to skillfully extract the seeds from the bean in one process without needing to hold them, as you will see below. The male has the beautiful yellow and red coloration and the female the pale green.
They did not mind us watching them feed and were quite content to continue.
Walking through the woodland toward the gate entrance we always find the large Eastern Grey Kangaroo. The males a huge and it was wise for us not to approach them as they were with their females. One was rubbing his tummy in a strange way. Kangaroos are macropod marsupials that graze on grass and leafy vegetation and are mainly nocturnal feeders which start moving about to grazing areas at dusk and rest through the day like most Australian animals. Many are killed on roads as they move about at night. There meat is one of the healthiest red meats one can eat being low in fat and high in protein.
As we walked through reserve we noticed this juvenile Eastern Crimson Rosella near its nest as the parent looked on. Notice the patchy changing plumage.
We saw several species of wildflower uncommon to us in our area.
This lone wind blown Eastern Rosella kept its distance from us in a far away tree. These beautiful birds are very shy of humans.
As we left having not seeing many birds on our short stay, my wife spotted this White-winged Chough nest. They make one of the largest mud nests of any bird. The Choughs are a very committed and organised community, and all the birds in the flock participate in all of the duties in nesting, guarding, protecting and raising the young.
Have a most enjoyable week and stay safe and well. Several of you are grieving and experiencing health issues with family and self, we continue to keep you in our prayers.
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Some have asked if there is a third book in the pipeline, and the answer is yes there is and it is 2 thirds complete. it will use birds to springboard into mindful reflections. It will possibly be published later in the coming year.
Some of you may also be wondering how the little Grebe chicks are going. Sadly there is only one left now as the other two were most likely taken by predators, possibly the Kingfisher. However the lone Dusky Moorhen chick is growing and doing well.
What makes the Grebe babies more vulnerable to predation is that their parent swims under water and spends much longer away from their babies as they search for small fish, whereas the Dusky Moorhen feed their chicks on water weed which they can quickly pluck in seconds from the bottom of the pond and return to the surface. The Duskies are more aggressive also.
This reminds us of the awareness we need to have when little children are in our care, to always keep our eyes on them and not be distracted, as it only takes seconds for a child to fall into a pond or swimming pool, put themselves in a dangerous situation or run out onto a busy road, oblivious of the dangers. We can easily get busy doing important and necessary things, and take our attention away, but there needs to always be thoughtful awareness and consideration for ensuring the safety of those in our care. Many young parents today are distracted with their eyes fixed on their mobile phones as they flick through social media pages, when they need to be interacting with their children and playing with them. It is so easy to be absorbed in the moment or video, and then discover in alarm that their child is gone out of their sight. This is less likely to happen when caring for our children and grandchildren is a priority when they are in our care, as they need us more than we realize, not only for their growth and development but also for their safety, correction and direction. The need to be mindfully alert and aware is more needed to day than ever.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.” – Titus 3:1