This site is not just the face for a business enterprise, it is a medium that aspires to promote the concepts enunciated here.

Many factors have combined to prompt the develpoment of Bimbimbie Ornithological Services. Principally there is a desire to share observations of the natural world (especially birds) and to enable others to discover the bountiful life that is available for all of us if we embrace 'considered living'.

What do I mean by 'considered living' ? In short, it is a life in which individuals observe their surroundings fully and critically; aware that all their actions affect other forms of life in some measure. When people take the time to think about and measure the consequences of their actions in their broadest and narrowest terms they begin ‘considered living’.

A critical component of considered living is deciding to afford the passage of time. The recent emergence of ‘slow culture’, e.g. ‘slow food’, dovetails wonderfully with the concept of considered living.

Watching how another species lives or grows for an hour, for a season or for its entire life is a truly rewarding and precious gift. What is revealed is the interconnectedness of all living organisms and how important biodiversity is to a vibrant and healthy planet.

The link between biodiversity and how ecosystems function presents individuals with opportunities to research and conserve the myriad species living in different ecosystems worldwide. Natural extinctions offset by the evolution of new ancestral lineages seem to occur — in short ecosystems are never static. With the exception of the well-documented mass extinctions of past times, this natural process has occurred at variable rates. However in recent times (the past 13,000 years) a much, much faster rate of extinction has been documented in association with the spread of human civilisation and the concomitant structural changes to the environment, excessive hunting and introduction of non-indigenous species.

If we accept the premise that high biodiversity or biodiversity in equilibrium equals healthy ecosystems, then the loss of species can result in an ecosystem becoming unstable or — if sufficient numbers are lost — may even lead to its breakdown. Modern humans and their associated activities appear to threaten biodiversity by consuming excessive amounts of valuable resources. Turning back to past times when there was an abundance of floral and faunal species is impossible. What is possible is working and living smarter, and a first step is to support ‘considered living’.

Because of my fascination with birds I observe and document their behaviour. Knowing who does what and with whom and how changed environmental structures affect them helps me to make considered, ethical decisions about my behaviour towards them as well as towards other creatures inhabiting the planet.

Birds are great innovators, capable of adjusting to many changes in their surroundings. However that is not to say that they should be disregarded when we seek to modify the natural environment.

Bimbimbie Ornithological Services invites you to imagine a planet whose human population strives to learn about the connectedness of each species to the other. Knowledge helps us to understand the importance of our actions and also enables each of us to act responsibly and also assists us to make sound and reasoned ecological decisions for the future.

Let’s explore and apply our knowledge in an effort to enjoy ‘considered living’—GRH.

 
 
 
 
 
Recommended reading  
   
The books listed below are a small selection that readers may find interesting. While many are about birds, others cover topics that have helped to influence my thoughts on 'considered living'.  
Curious Naturalist by Niko Tinbergen

King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Z. Lorenz

An introduction to Ethology
by P.J.B. Slater

Bird Life
by Ian Rowley

Bird Wonders of Australia
by A.H. Chisholm

The New Nature
by Tim Low

Feral Future
by Tim Low

Ecology of Birds
by Hugh A. Ford

The Handicap Principle The missing piece of Darwin's Puzzle by Amotz and Avishag Zahavi

Birds: Their habits and skills
by Lesley Rogers and Gisela Kaplan

Not only Roars and Rituals
by Lesley Rogers and Gisela Kaplan

Australian Magpie
Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird
by Gisela Kaplan

Catch me a Colobu
s
by Gerald Durrell

Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell

Rosy is my Relative
and others by Gerald Durrell

How Birds Live by Robert Burton

Bird Behaviour by Robert Burton

Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich

The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson

 

Population Limitation in Birds by Ian Newton

Magpie Alert
by Darryl Jones

When the Wild Comes Leaping Up
edited by Dr. David Suzuki

Wild Thoughts from Wild Places
by David Quammen

The Song of the Dodo
by David Quammen

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Jonathan Weiner

On the Wing
by Bruce Brooks

Open Air Essays
by William J. Lines

Growth Fetish
by Clive Hamilton

Anatomy of a Rose
: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers
by Sharman Apt Russell

No Logo
by Naomi Klein

Small Wonder
, and others by Barbara Kingsolver

Guns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond

How the Mind Works
, and others by Stephen Pinker

On Watching Birds
by Lawrence Kilham

The Minds Of Birds by Dr Alexander F. Skutch

Dingo Makes Us Human by Deborah Bird Rose

Don't think of an Elephant by George Lakoff

Becoming a Tiger: How baby animals learn to live in the Wild by Susan McCarthy

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