Lee’s Five Word Friday – 6/23/17

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by AestheticPhotos

AND WHEN HE HAD LANDED

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And when he [Paul] had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.” (Acts 18:22 KJV)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by AestheticPhotos

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Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 6/22/17

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Shoebill by Lee - Closeup

EARNESTLY LOOKED UPON HIM

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“But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.” (Luke 22:56 KJV)

Shoebill by Lee – Closeup

*** P.S. – Today I am to have my back surgery.  [In surgery room about 6 hours they told us.] It was originally supposed to be on Tuesday. These blogs were pre-scheduled to cover that time and my recovery. Will add an update when possible. Thanks again for your prayers. ***

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Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 6/21/17

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Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) by Ian at Birdway

LORD SUSTAINED ME

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“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” (Psalms 3:5 KJV)

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) by Ian at Birdway

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 6/20/17

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by Ray

IN PEACE

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“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalms 4:8 KJV)

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by Ray

*** Thursday is my scheduled back surgery. Your prayers are welcomed. (It was supposed to be today, but was changed  – pre-scheduled this blog)


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Lee’s One Word Monday – 6/19/17

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Contented Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) National Aviary by Lee

CONTENT

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“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 KJV)

Contented Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) National Aviary by Lee

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 6/18/17

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Silver Diamond Dove Female ©MediaCache

WINGS OF A DOVE

COVERED WITH SILVER

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“Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”  (Psalm 68:13)

Silver Diamond Dove Female ©MediaCache

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Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 6/17/17

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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) Zoo Miami by Lee

MORE RUDDY IN BODY

THAN RUBIES

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“Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:” (Lamentations 4:7 KJV)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) Zoo Miami by Lee

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Lee’s Five Word Friday – 6/16/17

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Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) Female ©Flickr Brian Gratwicke

GREEN THING IN THE TREES

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“For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”  (Exodus 10:15)

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) Female ©Flickr Brian Gratwicke

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Bird of the Moment ~ Restless Flycatcher

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

Bird of the Moment ~ Restless Flycatcher ~ by Ian Montgomery

Some weeks ago I went to Toonpan a dry pasture area outside Townsville which is good for dry country birds such as Bustards and often produces unusual birds. There were a couple of Restless Flycatchers there hawking for insects and I found out later that this species has never featured as bird of the moment, an omission we’ll rectify now.

They are dapper birds, smart in their glossy black and white plumage and long tail. They bare a superficial resemblance to the similarly sized Willie Wagtail, but the species is a member of the Monarch Flycatcher family rather than the Fantails. The nominate larger type inquieta breeds in eastern, southern and southwestern Australia, but not in Tasmania or eastern Western Australia (the Nullabor). The smaller type nana occurs in northern Australia from northwestern Queensland through the Top End of the Northern Territory to northeastern Western Australia.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

Taxonomists disagree as to whether these types should be treated as conspecific or separate species. I’m treating them as separate ones here, so ‘Restless Flycatcher’ refers to the southern one, and ‘Paperbark Flycatcher’ to the northern one. Both are mainly sedentary, but there is some northward movement of the Restless Flycatcher in winter here in northeastern Queensland it is a winter visitor.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

Restless Flycatchers have a characteristic hovering flight when hawking for insects and this one at Toonpan was doing just this between me and the afternoon sun in the second, third and fourth photos. There were all taken within an elapsed time of one second and in the third one, it is turning away from whatever attracted its attention in the first two. When hawking like this, they make ‘grinding, churring sounds’ (to quote Pizzey and Knight) which are supposed to disturb insects into flight. For this reason, the species is sometimes called the Scissors Grinder.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

The fifth photo shows one of the two birds checking out the vegetation along a barbed wire fence. It’s not, as it might appear, flying towards the fence. Rather it had been perched on the fence seconds before and is making its way down the side of it.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

The Restless Flycatcher builds a beautiful nest of grass, bark and spiders’ webs on a horizontal branch, sixth photo with a usual clutch size of three. The nest is typically decorated or maybe camouflaged with lichen. In this photo, you can see the broad, flat bill characteristic of Monarch Flycatchers.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

Restless Flycatchers are usually found near water. The one in the seventh photo is having a drink from a river.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

Here is the Paperbark Flycatcher, eight photo. The best way I know to separate it from the Restless Flycatcher is by range, though the Paperbark is smaller (17-19cm versus 19-22cm) and supposed to be glossier and have a darker back. The calls are supposed to be slightly different, though they sound much the same to me.

Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana) by Ian

The Paperbark Flycatcher also builds a cup-shaped nest on a horizontal branch, ninth photo, but the sources I have don’t mention bark as building material, or lichen as a decoration. As with the Restless Flycatcher, both genders share in nest-building, incubation and rearing of the chicks.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) by Ian

If we treat Restless and Paperbark as separate species, then the Restless is an Australian endemic, The Paperbark isn’t as it also occurs in southern New Guinea on both sides of the Indonesian-PNG border.

Greetings,
Ian


Lee’s Addition:

“And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;” (Isaiah 32:18 KJV)

What interesting Flycatchers Ian has introduced us to. His “Moment” seems to get longer each time. Maybe one day, Ian may get back to his “Bird of the Week.”  :)

Keep up the good work, Ian. We enjoy your birds whenever they fly our way.

Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 6/15/17

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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) yellow-shafted ©Amazonaws

FEATHERS WITH YELLOW GOLD

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“Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.  (Psalm 68:13)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) yellow-shafted ©Amazonaws

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Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 6/14/17

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Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) ©ARKive

PAINTED WITH VERMILION

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“That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cut it out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.”  (Jeremiah 22:14)

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) ©ARKive

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 6/13/17

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Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Amazilia lactea) ©WikiC

PURPLE RAINMENT

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“And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels’ necks.  (Judges 8:26)

Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Amazilia lactea) ©WikiC

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