One of my primary goals in life is to leave an appreciation of our natural heritage for our youth. Writing my first book (available here online) was one attempt at achieving this, followed by whetting an interest in family and friends to explore our native birds and also our beautiful bush with its unique trees, flowers and animals. Sharing a pair of binoculars many have had their eyes opened to a beautiful living world they had not known, hidden in the very trees they walk past, as they are introduced to the birding experience.
During the recent school holidays one of my grandsons came to stay and my wife and I took him on a bird walk in the Royal National Park near where we live. This park is affectionately known as the ‘Nasho’. You have seen many posts from this park, but it alive at the moment and the birds have returned because of the recent good rains and Spring, the time to court, mate and nest.
There is much song in the bush. Scientists have recently found that our birds not only sing in Spring to attract and communicate with their mate, but also sing both in and out of season for the love of it. Singing stimulates the release of feel good endorphins in the birds brain, making singing a very enjoyable experience. We heard and saw several male Golden Whistlers calling.
My grandson Joel, started enjoying spotting these birds high in the trees, seeing how beautiful they are, and how the binoculars bring them so close. His father had warned us not to take him birding too long, as he might get bored easy, but we kept asking him and he said he was enjoying the experience with us and we went further into the bush spending several hours exploring together. He saw several Golden Whistlers but only the male, as the female is possibly sitting on the nest. Click on photos to enlarge them.
We need to help our youth discover the benefits of birdingto save them from the tyranny of the electronic devices that preclude them from healthy exercise and an appreciation of their natural heritage. This grounding has therapeutic effects in actually lowering stress levels.It is not just birds we see but the beautiful Spring flowers high in nectar and food for our many honeyeaters.
We were quite amazed to find several flowering Waratah flowers, a rare treat, as many of these plants have been stolen from National Parks for their beauty. This is the floral emblem of our state NSW and its botanical name Telopea speciosissimameans ‘bright red beauty seen from afar‘, and that is exactly what these flowers are, they are iridescent flower heads made up of hundreds of tiny flowers. It is a difficult plant to grow in your garden at home and can not tolerate transplanting or being moved.
NSW Waratah (State floral emblem)
Another large red flower seen in the park is the Gymea Lily a plant indigenous to the Sydney area. It also has many smaller flowers that make up the large flower head. It stands majestically over four metres tall,,,
Most of the birds we saw were honeyeaters feeding off the flowering eucalypt trees. In Australia, unlike Europe, pollination is performed by the birds, not bees. Most of our pollinating bees were introduced. The Australian native bee is very tiny and is not the main pollinator. So it is a buz to see this Lewin’s Honeyeater feeding from flowers along with this Yellow-faced Honeyeater.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding.
Lewin’s Honeyeater feeding on Spider Grevillea
Lewin’s Honeyeater feeding on Spider Grevillea
Lewin’s Honeyeater feeding on Spider Grevillea
The beautiful Eastern Spinebill was moving rapidly around the flowers and calling to its mates. This honeyeater has a long curved beak enabling it to reach deep into tubular flowers such as Bush Fuchsia (seen above) and larger flower heads.
This tiny Silvereye was also getting in on the action but was after insects…
It is always a delight to see and hear the Brown Thornbill, another tiny insectivorous bird as it moves around the tree’s lower canopy making its unique call…
By now Joel has seen and heard many birds and been introduced into a whole new world of discovery which we can only encourage him to continue to explore. Not many young people find it their cup of tea, but our desire is that at least some may be given the opportunity to sample the experience and learn the value of conserving our natural heritage for the future years when they will be the voters.
A highlight of the walk was to firstly hear and then site a White-throated Treecreeper as he was making his way up a eucalypt tree. He found an insect in the bark and proceeded carrying it, possibly collecting food for a nestling. The sound file below lets you know what you hear as he climbs the tree.
The sound of Yellow-tailed Cockatoo passing overhead caused quite an excitement, but we could only see their silhouette as we were deep in the forest.
So the message is, purchase two pair of binoculars, one for you and one for your birding guest then take your family and friends on a bird walk and share your love and knowledge with them. Your passion and love of birding will have a contagious affect on those who walk with you. Our prayer is that children will appreciate their natural heritage from a young age. I have enjoyed talking at seminars and schools in the past promoting this along with my book, and have had wonderful responses from both parent and child. I love talking to people who share my passion to save our youth from addiction to electronic gadgetry and the physical, social and emotional illnesses that accompany this.
Royal Spoonbills WORKING
Royal Spoonbills RESTING
We may need to help our youth strike a balance between work and rest, as spending time with electronic media etc is stressful work involving active mind and eye activity. The birds know how to work and rest but our modern coffee society has adrenal overload helping to bring on many chronic illnesses, simply because they are over stressed and not allowing enough time for rest and sleep. Self control and developing healthy habits, such as taking a walk in the park or bush each week can help to lower your stress level, reducing the chances of both physical and mental illness. Birding takes resting to the next level with endorphin release in the brain as an added enjoyment factor when a bird is sighted and appreciated. This is similar to what a bird experiences when it sings for the pure joy of it. We have the blessed honor of leaving a positive and memorable influence on our youth, a priceless legacy that may be passed on from generation to generation.
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
“Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.”
“Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (NEV)
Have a wonderful week! I have been asked to continue working on my existing agreement to assist training staff before my full-time position is filled, so my second book writing remains on hold.
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Winter has finally come in all its coldness, which brings with it clear brisk sunny days which are great for bush walking and of course birding. Most of the venomous snake species are hibernating, and with recent rains many bird species are returning to their usual territories, as the forests start to rehydrate after a long hot drought.
I was delighted to find this pair of Tawny Frogmouth return to the same tree they deserted some months ago after a terrible storm that blew down the branch they sat on during the day. The female is the slightly smaller bird on the left hand side. Note the rufous on her shoulder. It is an excellent time to get out and discover new parks and reserves to explore, and find new birds and natural treasures. I was surprised to find Malabar Headlands National Park south east of Sydney, overlooking Maroubra and Malabar beaches, a small but well tracked and signed park. Click on photos to enlarge them.
It sits on top of a sandstone ridge, and has waterholes and markings of past aboriginal presence including rock art, stone axe-sharpening grooves and ancient middens. This was a meeting place for local tribes, having million dollar views of the ocean and coast line. The vegetation is scrubby, mostly low lying bushes with only a few Winter wildflowers in bloom, supporting the few honeyeaters that live in the park. Australian Native Fuchsia, Banksia ericiflora and Sydney Wattle are the main flowers.
Australian Native Fuchsia
Australian Native Fuchsia in the light
sandstone rock platform
rock pools give water to birds
The most predominant bird seen here and on most coastal heath lands and coastal forest is the New Holland Honeyeater, a very robust little bird found darting quickly through the bushes, and often seen sitting on high vantage points.
New Holland Honeyeater
The greatest delight for me as I walked the track was to watch this pair of New Hollands bathing in a rock pool, a product of much needed recent rains. Here is a a series of one bird having his bath.
The Native Fuchsia flowering in winter provide nectar for one particular bird which is found here. A bird that has a specifically designed beak to insert its beak deep into these tubular flowers. This bird is of course the Eastern Spinebill which looks so stunningly beautiful in the sunlight. In the last photo you can see the bird accessing the tube of the flower.
A real gem of a find was this Brown Gerygone, a usually very difficult bird to photograph, as it is always on the move, and flees from humans, however I even managed to catch the bird hovering over leaves catching insects. It is very difficult to speciate these birds unless you can see the outspread tail and interpret its pattern. I was richly blessed to catch this bird while hovering and see its tail pattern which confirmed it as a Brown and not a Mangrove or Western specie. Notice how small this bird is, which makes it a challenge at times to even see it. This bird is mostly insectivorous, unlike the honeyeaters which thrive on nectar and insects.
This bird is known for its call which like its name sounds like ‘Gerigenee, Gerigenee’…
The most unexpected find at the outer rim of this park was this par of Red-whiskered Bulbul, which normally would have migrated north to the top of Australia, Indonesia & Malaysia, but here they are in Winter.
We all need to appreciate that some birding expeditions may only grant us a few different specie, no ‘lifers’ and nothing out of the ordinary. However, birding is more than just finding new birds, its taking in the beauty and serenity of the habitat that birds enjoy and thrive in. The plants, animals, landforms and scenery all make for a delightful experience, and together with the birds assist in earthing us and reducing our stress levels. Working in a lab where you do not see outside four walls much at all has its toll on ones well being week after week, and the weekend is time to get out and about in the fresh air and sunshine to revive ones heart and spirit, as God intended for us, especially in the cooler months. Thankfully I am entering my last week of full time work, and after our holiday up in Far North Queensland (which I hope to blog) I will reform my life to work part time, and continue writing my second book. If you have not purchased my first book, at least check it out on my birdbook page or see below.
I conclude with this last bird found in this coastal park, the Brown Thornbill. Look at the intent in this bird’s expressions, as it combs the trees and bushes for insects, calling as it goes.
This is a challenge to me to check myself to see if I am pursuing my life with such a passion in my commitment in relationships, work, family life and beliefs. We strive for excellence, not perfection, we seek to do our best, to make a meaningful contribution to our world where we live. Sometimes it might be a smile to a stranger, a random act of kindness and generosity, an unexpected word of appreciation or encouragement to someone who least expects it. Helping someone without them knowing you did it. Be creative and be a blessing and do it with passion, love and commitment, for this is the heart of God.
“Give generously and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10,11
“What Birds Teach Us” my current book release, can now be also purchased here online through PayPal or from many other private book stores click on this link to see the list Where My Book Is Sold. It is now available at seven major NSW National Parks (Environment & Heritage Shops). Ask your nearest one if they have it in stock, if they don’t have it in stock, ask them to get it in. Broome Bird Observatory, Echo Point Visitor Centre, Koorong Books and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Gift Shop also sells my book, as do several private book shops throughout NSW. You can also purchase your copy here from the side-bar. This is a great gift idea especially as Christmas draws near, a gift that will continue to keep on giving. Read the reviews and purchase your copy on my Birdbook page.
On the Anzac Day Holiday my wife and I left early with a batch of fresh Anzac Biscuits for a drive up into the Southern Highlands to Barren Grounds National Park, home of two of Australia’s most elusive and endangered bird species, the Eastern Ground Parrot and the Eastern Bristlebird. Some of you know I have featured the Bristlebird on previous blogs in past years, including its youngsters, but in all our visits to this important heathland habitat, have never sighted the Ground Parrot. The comforting thought is that most birders have come away disappointed also, and very few have ever had the gift of seeing this bird, and even less of capturing a clear image. Both birds live on the ground beneath the heathland and are very very human shy and the Ground Parrot is usually only seen as a bright green blur streaking away when it is flushed out of the low lying heathland scrub, as it rapidly goes for cover. Jervis Bay National Park is the only other place these birds are known to be found. After a couple of hours searching we found one Bristlebird, but not on the ground where we usually find them, this one was sitting in a low lying bush. The Bristlebird gets its name from the small strong bristles below its beak which are only noticeable on close inspection. Click on photos to enlarge them.
We set out on the Lookout Walk which gave extensive views across the Illawarra Valley and coast.
On our walk we noticed the prevalence of several winter birds mainly the Yellow-faced Honeyeater was in numerous small flocks, constantly moving through.
Next numerous were the Eastern Spinebill, one of my favourite honeyeaters, and so beautiful in the sunlight.
I have never seen so many Red Wattlebirds in one place in such a large flock, also an occasional Little Wattlebird. These birds are also honeyeaters.
The New Holland Honeyeater is also in large number here, flitting about from tree to tree.
I managed only to get one shot of the rarer White-faced Honeyeater and the not so rare Lewin’s Honeyeater
How come so many birds here on the highland heathlands at a time when birds are usually much less on the coast? What are they eating for food, as many of the flowers will not appear till early Spring? There are several spring flowers flowering very early here as well as the usual Bottlebrush, flowering gum, Boronia and also a flowering Grass Tree, attracting birds and bees to its tasty nectar. The Barren Grounds Wattle is even flowering at present!
Very early Wattle
Flowering Grass Tree
Flowering Grass Tree
Eastern Spinebill drinking from Banksia
Very early Boronia
Early Tea Tree
Of course we always see the Eastern Yellow Robyn when we visit here, with his curious observation of us watching him. There are a number of ‘Eastern’ prefixes to these birds, as they are found only in this part of Australia, along the eastern coast. The Robin is mainly insectivorous. The honeyeaters are also, but they are healthier with a diet of nectar included.
After our morning tea with Anzac bickies and coffee on a bench in among the trees, we saw a juvenile Eastern Crimson Rosella. Yes another Eastern!
After a chat with some other visiting birders we met there, and accepting that we would not see the Ground Parrot on this occasion, we drove back down the windy mountain road to Jamberoo and the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, one of the major sellers of my book, and home to many Superb Lyrebird. It was encouraging to see my display looking so good, and the continuous video I made was playing.
Disply at Minnamurra
We did the rainforest walk loop before lunch and during lunch this male Lyrebird decided to dig two feet away from our table. I want you to look carefully at this video and tell me if you can tell me what is abnormal about this bird.
Notice also the beautiful lace like fibers of the tail. These are spread over his head when he performs his courting dance, a dance he practices daily from a young age.
By now we were quite tired having left early in the morning and walked for so long. We left satisfied that we had an enjoyable time in the warm not so hot autumn sun exploring this important bird habitat, though the Ground Parrot remains on our ‘bucket list.’
The point of interest inspiring thought arising from the day, was this male Lyrebird. Looking at him from a profile perspective, he looks quite normal and our attention is turned more to the birds whole body and digging action, however, when he walks away and we see him from the rear we notice he only has one set of tail plumage and not two. This is important when he spreads his tail over his head, it would also make his walk a little unbalanced. We don’t know why his is missing the second tail section but it does not make him any less of a Superb Lyrebird. This is the same for each of us when people view us and our actions, We are all ‘broken’ people in some way or other but we hide it from the world by the perspective we allow others to see. It takes a lot of courage to allow our vulnerability for others to see and view the real you, where you can share your weaknesses and shortcomings without fear or shame or pride obstruction. This can be not only healing for you but for those you share with, as it gives opportunity for others to open up and share burdens they may have been carrying for many years, but never felt safe to share.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ” – Psalm 139:23,24 (NIV)
Last weekend we drove to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, part of the Great Dividing Range, and home of some of Australia’s most stunning mountain and valley scenery, for my wife’s favorite birthday celebration tradition. The blue haze over the mountains is due to the eucalyptus oil vapor from the millions of eucalypt trees of various species. This oil also makes the forests very vulnerable and volatile to bush fire, which can rapidly devastate these pristine forests. One of the highlights is the view at Echo Point over the massive Jamison Valley of the famous rock formation called the Three Sisters after an aboriginal legend. My book is sold at the Tourist Information Centre here.
The Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba NSW
Standing on the various lookouts and waterfall vistas in the mountains, bird sounds can be heard, and flocks of birds fly over, including the Yellow-tail Black Cockatoo, which is currently feeding on the native Casuarina and introduced pine cones and Banksia cones. It is always a race to the camera when we hear the classic call of this bird loudly over the town.
Yellow-tail Black Cockatoo
While we were exploring the Valley of the Waters, where numerous waterfalls plummet into the valley from all directions, we saw canyoners coming down through Empress Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls here. We actually saw this same group a short time earlier up on top plunging and disappearing into the Empress Canyon which flows into the Empress Falls. We had climbed down to the bottom of the falls where they emerged.
Before our walk we had birthday cake and coffee under the trees near the Conservation Hut, where my step daughter sighted this White-browed Scrubwren, of which only one photo was taken as she sighted a female Superb Lyrebird almost immediately after.
The Lyrebird appeared relatively tame and use to visitors to the Hut, and appeared to be a young bird of only a couple of years old. The female does not have the fancy tail plumage seen in the male, and the rufous neck coloring remains a feature of the bird, whereas the males loose this after their fourth year. After some pursuit it easily mounted the fence and disappeared down the cliff side.
AS we walked down to the Valley of the Waters we came across this Eastern Crimson Rosella feeding on forest fruit, a common sight in the mountains.
This New Holland Honeyeater was also seen along the track.
New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
One bird which is always a feature here is the Eastern Spinebill, which I have showcased from up here on many occasions. This bird with its long curved beak is able to reach down into tubular flowers such as the native Mountain Devil to extract yummy nectar. The two flowers which feed this bird during the winter months are the Mountain Devil and the Banksia species.
Because of the drought and extraordinary extended heat of autumn, breaking all records, bird numbers were low and new young bird numbers reduced. Though after our walk, as we had lunch at the Conservation Hut, we saw this beautiful male Grey Shrike-thrush, quite tame, sitting on a railing watching the outdoor tables. This bird has a beautiful song, and is known to be curious of humans coming quite close to watch them, having a classic head tilt on observation. mature because of dark beak and male because of white lores.
One of the features we enjoyed in various parts of the mountains was the beautiful warble of the Eastern Magpie. These birds will sit for hours on a branch communicating to other magpies nearby with their melodious warble. In scientific studies it has been noted that the Australian Magpie has one of the most complex and amazing calls of any bird being able to move between two octaves in a less than a second. Watch his throat move as he warbles.
Male Eastern Black-backed Magpie
Male Eastern Black-backed Magpie
Saturday night we had a lovely meal and stayed at the Three Sisters Motel. Early in the morning as the sun rose we all headed down to Echo Point to see the view.
As we walked back around the cliff face we saw many Grey Fantails flashing about catching insects on the fly, but found them difficult to photograph due to poor light and positioning.
I could show you the sunrise on the sandstone walls, but it is better if you come and see it for yourself, and let me show you around. Walking back to the motel we saw these two juvenile King Parrots feeding quietly by the footpath. Immature parrots, like many birds resemble the female till they reach maturity.
This Eastern Crimson Rosella was also feeding in the same tree with them.
I forgot to mention this Grey Butcherbird was the first beautiful bird song we heard as we awoke. This bird is my morning joy where I live also, always singing to me each morning, and enjoying our bird bath. Though our dear dog has passed, we leave her water bowl for this bird as he likes to use it if the bird bath gets emptied by the larger Magpies. This bird gets its name from hanging its victims in the forks of trees or on branch spikes till it is ready to eat them, like a butcher in a meat shop. There song is beautiful, and the song of their more violent Pied cousins even more beautiful, though they are found more further north from the mid-north coast upward.
In our search for the male Lyrebird at our usual spot, we were disappointed, possibly too many tourists were present. We did see this Yellow-faced Honeyeater before we left. Flocks of this bird were continually flying through the valley. This is a commonly seen winter and summer bird.
The last bird I caught before leaving the valley, and checking out my book in the Blackheath National Parks Visitor Centre, was this White-throated Treecreeper, creeping up this eucalypt in bright sunlight. This is unusual, as they prefer to climb the shaded side of the tree usually, but gave me an over exposed view of this female (note the orange spot on her face). This bird climbs the tree making its classic repatative cheep call as it checks beneath bark and in crevices of trunk and branches for insects.
A most enjoyable weekend had by all, so we made our way home back down the mountain to coast and Sydney. Our leg muscles ached for a few days after the strenuous mountain climbing, but we felt so much stronger and better for the weekend in the mountain air. Like the Treecreeper creeping ever upward, we seek the highest point of our lives to give them meaning and a sense of achievement. For many we can not highlight any particular time when this occurred, if it ever did. For some it occurs when they step courageously out of their comfort zone and take the risk of caring and loving and showing compassion beyond the norm of selfish, mundane human existence. To love with unconditional love, expecting nothing in return, but only to know the joy of having been the hands and feet of Jesus, by helping another come to a better place, this is the most blessed attainment in life. Reaching into the lives of people forgotten, broken and disgraced by our society and extending the hand and the heart of their Father God to them. This is the greatest delight and joy one can know.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!.” – Psalm 103:1-5 (NEV)
Continuing our journey into the mountain rainforest of the Lamington Mountains National Park (about 900 – 1000 meters above sea level) we focus on the smaller passerines which mostly inhabit the rainforest floor, searching under leaf litter or peeling bark from ancient trees in search of grubs and insects. Our first encounter was the beautiful Rufous Fantail, which is a common inhabitant, fanning its tail as it moves rapidly without hardly stopping, in search of insects.
Birders love to pursue this bird especially when they can catch a glimpse of it fanning its tail in the bright sunlight. With its rapid constant movement it is challenge for any photographer.
As one winds their way up the narrow mountain road before reaching the top, on the side of the mountain slope in the low lying bushes we saw our first lifer for this trip, the Red-backed Fairy-wren. This tiny bird was very shy and was difficult to photograph from a distance on the day as it had been raining, and because of its jet black facial features. Like the fantail it was constantly on the hunt for insects. We only saw the male of the species.
Red-backed Fairy-wren male
While searching for the Red-backed Fairy-wren we saw the beautiful tiny male Spotted Pardalote nearby.
The tiny Red-browed Finch was moving about looking for grass seed on the mowed lawns of the park grounds.
While the Superb Fairy-wren families, too many to number were hopping about the grounds on the mountain top, after the rain had cleared.
Male Superb Fairy-wren
Female Superb Fairy-wren
The rainforest Wonga Pigeon was also wandering around the grounds. This bird seldom flies but is most comfortable grazing off the floor of the rainforest.
On reaching the top and entering the rainforest the sounds and presence of the tiny active White-browed Scrubwren is noticeable, hopping about the rainforest floor among the leaf litter.
You can easily love these cute little birds as they are so bold and will sometimes come right up to you.
The White-throated’s rarer cousin, the Yellow-throated Scrubwren was found alongside and just as plenteous, with much the same noisy activity communicating with its relatives continually as it foraged for food.
Interestingly enough, both scrubwrens have a white brow, which makes me think the White-browed should be called the White-throated Scrubwren. Possibly the White-browed, being more widely common was discovered and named first by our early European birders.
As one begins walking through the rainforest the sound of the Golden Whistler is clearly discernible, especially considering it is Spring, and that is when the whistler sings his heart out as he seeks a mate. Both male and female were seen and heard many times throughout the forest.
Golden Whistler male
Golden Whistler male
Golden Whistler female
Golden Whistler female
The Lewins Honeyeater was also heard frequently with its chattering call as it moved about the under-story of the rainforest.
The nectar rich spring wildflowers attracted the Eastern Spinebill, another beautiful small honeyeater with a purpose designed bill for extracting nectar from deep inside the native flowers.
The highly elusive and constantly moving Brown Gerygone is heard calling from within the cover of the sub canopy, a real challenge to photograph at any time. Calling ‘Ger-ig-onee’.
Further into the forest we were surprised to find quietly sitting on a branch above our heads this beautiful Brown Cuckoo-dove. The great variety of rainforest pigeons and doves are well fed by the great variety of rainforest fruits, especially varieties of fig, which Australia has one of the largest number of species. Most medium sized rainforest passerines, are fruit eaters as well as insect eaters. The Figbird is not the only eater of figs.
A golden find was this beautiful Emerald Dove walking in a clearing, another fruit eating bird, but spends a lot of its time browsing at ground level.
But the one sound you constantly hear as you walk through the rainforest is that of the Eastern Whipbird calling. The male making the whip like cracking sound, and when the female responds immediately after she makes the ‘tsh tsh’ sound.
This bird mainly forages on the rainforest floor among leaf litter, and peels off bark on trees below the canopy with its strong beak for worms and insects. The whip call marks its territory to other whipbirds, and also keeps check of where the pair are located, as they move together, yet seperatley through the forest.
We were privileged to see both juvenile and immature whipbirds foraging in the rainforest. The immature were practicing their calls. You will hear the female calling in the clip below.
Another colourful little rainforest bird known to pry off the bark from trees with its powerful little beak is the Crested Shrike-tit. This bird is usually high up in the sub canopy of tall eucalypt and other rainforest trees. We usually discover it by the sound of falling bark and prying bark. They are difficult to get good photos because they are constantly moving and often becasue of their size difficult to see.
Lastly the very curious Grey Shrike-thrush is seen sometimes to follow you around. They have a lovely song that rings through the forest, and feel quite safe coming close to humans most of the time. This young one watched us from the fence at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat.
These birds all dwell harmoniously. sharing the rainforest together. They each know how to live and flourish in their habitat, and what foods are best to eat and how to best forage for it. They each have bodies designed and beaks designed for specific food types, and they know instinctively how to find their food, build their nests and raise their young in exact;y the same way as generations before them. How wonderfully amazing is Intelligent Design and how much more wonderful and amazing is the Intelligent Designer.
“This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself,” – Isaiah 44:24
My home page has a new look. I now feature local findings and interesting findings in Something Special which may be of interest. This week see the Tawny Frogmouth nest my wife and I found at the Royal National Park last week.