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 is now released. This book is an improved edition and also includes more birds and life skills. It addresses more of the concerns that young people experience in the modern life context. The book features 37 popular Australian birds, in 80 pages of my beautiful bird pictures. It draws upon life skills from the behavioural characteristics of each bird which can be applied to build wisdom, self esteem, integrity, and family values. You can purchase this and find out more from myBirdBook page.
A second book called “Flight of a Fledgling” (Growing Up and Leaving Home) is envisaged to follow later in 2020. 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.
Bird watching is having a revival, especially among young people. Also cultures that have not previously been interested are becoming interested. I am encouraging families to get interested, as another means of healthy family 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.
Information for NSW Residents: Ashley holds an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy as well as a current WWCC clearance. His passion is to assist in equipping children and young people to make wise life choices. Ashley as Aussiebirder delivers a dynamic illustrative interactive presentation of his book “What Birds Teach Us” 2nd Edition, using bird behaviour to encourage good life values. His book will sell for the Special Price of $25 on the day, of which $5 per book sold will go to the school. Ashley as Aussiebirder, is available for Library Talks and Book Presentations in Schools and Groups.
My Mission: To encourage young people to make good life choices, using birds to teach important life skills.
W. A. Hewson (Adv. Dip. Counselling & Family Therapy).