About Us



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 amid the Covid pandemic.

This book is an improved edition and  in addition 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 my BirdBook 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.

Location: Southern Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Email: ashley@aussiebirder.com

W. A. Hewson (Adv. Dip. Counselling & Family Therapy).

To introduce people to our unique Australian birds,

So we can learn from them how to live a healthy and happy life.’

NOTE: All photos, videos and music used on this website are photographed, composed, performed  by the site owner and remains his copyrighted property, unless otherwise stated. The use of any material that is not original material of the site owner is duly acknowledged as such. © W. A. Hewson 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

10 comments on “About Us

  1. Greetings from Japan, I’ve been following your blog for some time, but this is probably my first comment 🙂 I am keen to purchase a copy of your beautiful book. Can you please confirm that it’s possible to ship to Japan?

    Best wishes,


  2. Your blog is wonderful! I’m so excited for the release of your book, because I’m 14 years old, and nature has, indeed taught me a lot 🙂 I really believe in connecting the younger generation with nature because it has so much to offer. Australia seems to be heaven for birds, I’ve visited once only when I was much younger- I do hope to go again! It’s amazing to see pictures of birds from a different continent, since many of the birds I see in Singapore are mainly tropical.


    • Thank you Lavanya, it is so encouraging to read of your love of our beautiful surrounds. It is wonderful that teenagers are beginning to be nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. I am happy that you find my website helpful, Australia is a wonderful place for birds and nature photography, quite unique from other parts of the world. I will let everyone know when I am releasing the book and in what format. I may have it in paper and PDF.


    • Thanks Carol, I have pages on my site to help new birders, hope it is helpful. We learn so much watching the birds and photographing them. Most of all, we learn what their unique patterns of behaviour are. I am currently writing a childrens book on ‘What can we learn from birds?’, featuring Australian birds, it is amazing what we can learn!


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