Saturday Evening Post #182 : Continuation

Life is an infinite continuation
Deng Ming-Tao

Sounds like stating the obvious really. The sky is blue, the sun has set. Grass grows.
He goes on to say, that as you come to the end of one cycle, a new one will begin. Fulfilling a cycle means completion. Yet new horizons are always there, with each turn of the wheel you go further. With each turn of the wheel comes continuation.
Celebrate every turning, And perservere with joy.

As an aside there is a Qigong sequence called, “Turning the Big Wheel”, first to the left then to the right.
Some things can be instructive beyond their normal course.

Just as the three young Black-shouldered Kites have reached the end of their training and are moving on to make their own lives, we watched them go, a bit like parents whose children have left home for the first time. And with a feeling of completion of that chapter. My photo library says that over the past three months we’ve made some 26 trips to work with them.

We had spent the morning searching the tree-line and the open paddocks for a glimpe, but they are now independant of the male feeding them, and he has not been around with handouts for nearly a week. He might still flyover but they knew that he was no longer on Uber service.

Finally we spotted one far away across the highway and perched. Then watched as it hunted and successfully carried its prize back to a tree.
It was time for us to move on too.

I blogged about this time last year of the arrival of the Flame Robins at Point Cook Park, and we decided to continue on down there and as we hadn’t been in the area for many weeks, wondering what might have changed.


It was very quiet.
Last season was a disaster, just like the one before, as covid restrictions for most of the time kept us house-bound for the season(s)

We waked down to see Cassia, of Cinnamon, but she wasn’t too keen on visitors and took off across the paddock avoiding a squadron of agile magpies.

Then, a Red Flash. And Another!

They were indeed back. A quite large family of Flame Robins. Eventually we spotted three males and several females and at least two juvenile males. So they have had a good season. The year before they arrived looking a bit exhausted after their summer season. But this time each of them seemed resplendant in their winter dress and highly active.
It is interesting to see them working in the forest, but out in the open fields like Point Cook, they behave a little differently. Having flown over 100km to get here, 500m down the paddock is nothing really, and they are constantly on the move. However like in the forest settings they seem to follow a set pattern, and while it takes a few sessions to learn the cycle, getting ahead of them and waiting is still our preferred method. It is a case of, if we sit they should come.

So as our season with the Kites ends, it looks like a rich season with the Robins might be opening up.

In the end, the wheel turns—indeed continuation.

7 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post #182 : Continuation

  1. Wonderful to know the Robins are back, and hopefully in good numbers this season. A beaut capture of this one in great setting. Hopefully I will get to see some!

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    1. We were I have to say, both surprised and delighted to find them back already. We checked a couple of otther places today, found some interesting Black-shouldered Kites, but no Robins. Oh well

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  2. How wonderful to see the Flame Robins again David, a bird we rarely see. It is great that this year you can catch up on th missed opportunities caused by Covid restrictions. A lovely image and it is good to appreciate their wing pattern as well as their bright chest.

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    1. Thanks Ashley, Years ago we used to walk the high country during summer and often saw them around the lower snowgum lines. Working with a family is a particular thrill as at first they seem unpredictable, but they can be creatures of habit once they settle in. The first few week is a bit like kids in lolly shops, rushing here and there to try out all the goodies.

      They don’t go jet black like the Scarlet but have a fine smokey grey about them. The females are a delight to photograph as they have such a range of muted tones.

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  3. A gorgeous shot, and let’s hope that this year we can enjoy all the various seasonal visitors in their turn. Mind you, I did read on the ABC site that a big surge of COVID is expected as winter sets in …

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    1. Hello Eleanor, and there I was thinking that a good season was ahead of us.
      hoping we can get out to Woodlands a few times to see what is available. But things have changed out there with much housing construction limiting the surrounding paddocks that the birds used.

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