My wife and I spent New Years Eve and the following days in the country city of Wagga Wagga, NSW (pronounced: Wogga Wogga) which means the place of many Crows […]
My wife and I spent New Years Eve and the following days in the country city of Wagga Wagga, NSW (pronounced: Wogga Wogga) which means the place of many Crows (Ravens). When you repeat a word in our indigenous languages it means a great number of, or very large, or very deep. We visited my wife’s family there and stayed in her sister’s home by Lake Albert, an inland lake which is surrounded by eucalypt trees resounding in the sounds of many birds, with a large reedy wetland in one corner. We enjoyed some really magnificent fireworks over the lake on New Years Eve, which we viewed from the front porch.
Early New Years Day 2022, we set out exploring the bird life around the lake. Our first bird was a quite elusive Blue-faced Honeyeater. However, it actually had a much reduced green marking around the eye instead of the shiny blue face which meant it was an immature.
Here is a comparative photo of a mature Blue-faced Honeyeater parent that I later saw here:
We went to the tree where over the past 4 years we had seen the Dusky Woodswallow with its young, and were not disappointed as they glided about capturing insects for their youngsters, which were now fledged.
I managed to catch a very lovely moment with this small group of youngsters busily preening each themselves as well as each other snuggled on a branch in true Woodswallow style.
The mature adult watched the group from a nearby tree:
One very tiny bird seen in large numbers here out west is the White-plumed Honeyeater, which was feeding high in the tree canopy on lerps, insects and flower nectar. The white plume is the small white line on either side of the bird’s neck. I managed to capture this shot while it was feeding lower down on Bottlebrush flowers.
As we walked around the wetland portion on the corner of the lake we heard the call of the Australian Reed-Warbler, as it called to ward off intruders to its nest deep in the reeds. I only managed to catch it in flight as it flew to escape my view.
This is what it sounded like:
This Australasian Swamphen had several juvenile youngsters which she guarded carefully. Notice they lack their mature colour markings.
A surprise find, spotted by my wife, far out in the centre of wetland was this Great Crested Grebe with two chicks:
Several pair of Pacific Black Duck, a commonly seen duck, graced the wetland area also, but many of the birds previously seen here were not here now:
This beautiful Eastern Rosella rested from the morning heat, watching me carefully, as these birds are very shy of humans.
Australia has one of the greatest varieties of colourful birds from the Parrot family, which are mainly found in the more arid, regions west of the ranges inland in the country, and are mainly seed feeders. This colourful Red-rumped Parrot pair were still nesting in a hole in one of the river gums.
While a small flock of Red-rumped Parrot pairs were grazing, (most of our Parrot family pair for life), they allowed me to get close and quietly capture these images. Now the male is the multi colourd bird with the red rump and the female more green with a green rump.
Praying you each have a happy and healthy year ahead, amid the challenges of Covid among other things. Have a most enjoyable week birding and discovering more of the wonders of Creation. So much variety, beauty and diversity in the world around us, to be enjoyed and discovered.
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Many people in the past have been in the habit of making New Years Resolutions, which after only a week or two of implementation usually revert back to their old habits and unhealthy lifestyles, discouraged and giving in to failure. They begin with good intentions but often lack the ability and perseverance of will to continue till they see results. Results are always a means of encouraging us to continue. Too often we expect results before we have put much effort in. It usually takes several weeks and months to restore healthy habits and lifestyles, as they have to be hardwired into our brains by honest and regular repetition, in the same way the unhealthy habits were created. Don’t be put off by the occasional divergence from the objective when it occurs, but in determination faithfully continue. Don’t give up, because you have not failed, you are a work in progress not giving up but pressing on with determination till the goal is reached and the prize of success is rewarded. The only failure comes to those who fail to try. Patient perseverance reaps the reward of character growth yielding a character which is is able to later achieve even greater things. From little things big things grow. Hope for change encourages us to achieve, so never lose hope, or take your eyes off your goal. If you have faith in God you have the added bonus that if you pray for help to accomplish your goal you will reach your goal, as Jesus promises, and I have found his promise true myself, when rewiring my own life for change:
“You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” – Matthew 21:22 (NLT)
“Love…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3,4