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. Birds live in the beautiful parts of our country. We always get blessed with the unexpected experiences 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. Join us in sharing our love. We have always found other birders enthusiastic and friendly people who appreciate the good things in life.
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 has ‘Kept the best till last’ like the wine at the wedding, when Jesus turned water into very good vintage wine. 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. My counselling training (Advance Diploma in Counselling & Family Therapy) has been an asset in helping others to do life better, especially through difficult situations. 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.
I have published a book ‘What The Birds Teach Us?‘ (my legacy to my grandchildren and the youth of today) which is aimed at primary school aged children and early teens, though adults have been giving the most encouraging testimonies. The book features 33 Australian birds, in 72 pages of my beautiful bird pictures. It draws upon life skills from each bird which can be applied to build wisdom, self esteem, integrity, achievement and family values. You can purchase this from the sidebar on this page, or find out more from my BirdBook page.
Having retired recently from a career in medical science, I have become an author and speaker. In 2020 I will be publishing the 2nd Edition of my above book which will have improved photos, additional birds and additional life skills in it. It will address more of the concerns that young people experience in the modern life context. I will also be publishing my second book “Flight of a Fledgling” (Growing Up and Leaving Home), which targets the next age group of teens to young adults and deals more with family relationships as well as personal issues. Both books will be available on this website when published. Two more books are currently in the writing phase.
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. It has been said camping is the best bonding tool for families. Add bird watching as a further interest to share together, and you have not only a stronger bond but a sharing time together in educating your family.
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’ and time with you. Time is the best and most memorable gift you can give your children and grandchildren.
Location: Southern Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Information for NSW Residents: Ashley holds an Advanced Diploma in Counseling and Family Therapy. His passion is to assist in equipping our children and young people to make wise choices for life. Ashley as Aussiebirder, is available for Library Talks and Book Presentations in Schools and Groups. His book enhances the NSW Primary School Syllabus for PDH (K-6) and has had favorable reviews from readers, counselors and educators, especially in regard to the unique nature of the book, which uses our beautiful Australian birds to teach important life skills. . Ashley enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion, by delivering Powerpoint talks to school groups, P & C groups, church groups, club groups and in seminars. An offering is made of a percentage of each book sale back to the school or organisation. A second book is planned to be published for young adults, later in 2020.