My wife and I share a love of bird observing and bird photography which takes us all over Australia. We love meeting other keen birders and sharing our experiences. We always get blessed with the unexpected experience or gift, as we call it, of new and interesting birds, each time we go out birding. We love Australia, and the variety that each state and region offers in its wildlife and nature aspects.
When my wife and I first met we did not know that we were both bird lovers, this was an extra bonus in our relationship and continues to strengthen our relationship, sharing this love in common. The other more important aspect we share in common, that binds us in love and has brought us through life’s storms is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and Father God. We rejoice in the fact that God had ‘Kept the best till last’. To us both, this is like when the wine towards the end of a wedding reception, had appeared to have run out, and Jesus graciously turned water into a very good vintage wine, better than what they had been drinking earlier. So God brought us together at the right time for each other.
We are not religious people but grace people who have learned to love more through life’s experiences than just through listening to messages about life. Many marriages are under attack from the evils of selfishness, adultery and divorce and we need to stand strong as examples of God’s loving heart toward our children and grandchildren, so that they have a good role model for a peaceful and fruitful life. Having recently retired from my career in medical science I have become an author and speaker.
In 2015 I published a book ‘What The Birds Teach Us?‘ (my legacy to my grandchildren and the youth of today) which was aimed at Primary School aged children and early teens, though adults have been giving the most encouraging testimonies. The book was a sell-out success and a Second Edition was published and released in 2020 amid the Covid pandemic, which has continued to sell amazingly well because of its unique content and format. You can find out more by clicking the book cover below:
A second book called “Flight of a Fledgling” (Growing Up and Leaving Home) is scheduled to be published early 2021. This book will target ages 16 to adult and will address important life choices and counselling issues for young adults regarding personal, relational and family issues, as they prpeare to leave The Nest and launch out into the world.
Bird watching is having a revival, especially among young people. Also due to the extensive media presentations and websites featuring birds, cultures that have not previously been interested in birdwatching are becoming interested. I am encouraging families and older couples to get interested, as another means of healthy family and relationship bonding. We all can learn so much about life from our birds. The study of bird behaviour has become an interesting part of our birding experience.
My wife and I support the work of BirdLife Australia. Let me know if we can be of any assistance to you and your family in undertaking recreational bird watching as a healthy and interesting pastime. Click here to read of the studies that support our view. Thinking of good gifts for your children or grandchildren? Why not a good Australian bird field guide, a pair of binoculars, a copy of my inexpensive book, ‘What Birds Teach Us’as well as, time spent with you. Time is the best and most memorable gift you can give your children and grandchildren.