Avian and Attributes – Glorious

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) ©WikiC

“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11 KJV)


Glorious

GLO’RIOUS, a. [L. gloriosus. See Glory.]
1. Illustrious; of exalted excellence and splendor; resplendent in majesty and divine attributes; applied to God. Exo 15:11.
2. Noble; excellent; renowned; celebrated; illustrious; very honorable; applied to men, their achievements, titles, &c.
Let us remember we are Cato’s friends,
And act like men who claim that glorious title.
3. Boastful; self-exulting; haughty; ostentatious.


Ruffed Grouse

The ruffed grouse differs from other grouse species in its courtship display. Unlike other grouse species, the ruffed grouse relies entirely on a non-vocal acoustic display, known as drumming. The drumming itself is a rapid, wing-beating display that creates a low-frequency sound, starting slow and speeding up (thump…thump…thump..thump-thump-thump-thump). Even in thick woods, this can be heard for a quarter-mile or more (~1/2 km).

The ruffed grouse spends most of its time quietly on the ground, and when surprised, may explode into flight, beating their wings very loudly. In the winter, they will burrow into the snow for warmth, and may suddenly burst out of the snow when approached too closely.

Phasianidae Family

Watch video of Ruffed Grouse Druming


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[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]

Avian and Attributes – Faithful

Peregrine Falcon In Flight by Raymond Barlow

Peregrine Falcon In Flight by Raymond Barlow

“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” (Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV)


Faithful

FA’ITHFUL, a.
1. Firm in adherence to the truth and to the duties of religion.
Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev 2.
2. Firmly adhering to duty; of true fidelity; loyal; true to allegiance; as a faithful subject.
3. constant in the performance of duties or services; exact in attending to commands; as a faithful servant.
4. Observant of compact, treaties, contracts, vows or other engagements; true to one’s word. A government should be faithful to its treaties; individuals, to their word.
5. True; exact; in conformity to the letter and spirit; as a faithful execution of a will.
6. True to the marriage covenant; as a faithful wife or husband.
7. Conformable to truth; as a faithful narrative or representation.
8. Constant; not fickle; as a faithful lover or friend.
9. True; worthy of belief. 2 Tim 2.


Peregrine Falcon

While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles, or even insects. Reaching sexual maturity at one year, it mates for life and nests in a scrape, normally on cliff edges or, in recent times, on tall human-made structures. [italics added for emphasis]


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Northern Raven and Peregrine Falcon: Two Birds Supporting the Manx Coat of Arms

Birds of the Bible – Peregrine Falcon and Goshawk

Peregrine Falcon

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Avian and Attributes – Everlasting

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by Ray Barlow

“Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.” (Psalms 93:2 KJV)


Everlasting

EVERL`ASTING, a. [ever and lasting.] Lasting or enduring for ever; eternal; existing or continuing without end; immortal.
The everlasting God, or Jehovah. Gen 21.
Everlasting fire; everlasting punishment. Mat 18:25.
1. Perpetual; continuing indefinitely, or during the present state of things.
I will give thee, and thy seed after thee, the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. Gen 17.
The everlasting hills or mountains. Genesis. Habakkuk.
2. In popular usage, endless; continual; unintermitted; as, the family is disturbed with everlasting disputes.
EVERL`ASTING, n. Eternity; eternal duration, past and future.
From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psa 90.


Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other.

Most of the 60 species of eagles are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found – two in North America, nine in Central and South America, and three in Australia. Accipitridae Family


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Avian and Attributes – Deliverer

Noah taking the Dove back on board the Ark. (Ark Encounter by Lee)

“And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;” (2 Samuel 22:2 KJV)


Deliverer

DELIVERER, n.
1. One who delivers; one who releases or rescues; a preserver.
The Lord raised up a deliverer to Israel. Judges 30.
2. One who relates, or communicates.


The Dove are perching birds, which along with the pigeons belong to the taxonomic family Columbidae. They are perhaps best known as birds of gentle nature, but are also popular game birds. The symbolism of a white dove (though most “white doves” are actually white homing pigeons), has been used for peace, purity, and innocent love. Columbidae Family


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(Dove – Creation Wiki)

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Avian and Attributes – Creator

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) By Ian

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) By Ian

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28 KJV)


Creator

CREATOR, n. [L.]
1. The being or person that creates.
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Eccl 12.
2. The thing that creates, produces or causes.


Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

With its soft-textured white and salmon-pink plumage and large, bright red and yellow crest, it is often described as the most beautiful of all cockatoos. It is named in honour of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote, “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region.” Cacatuidae Family


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Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo – Wikipedia

Parrot – Creation Wiki

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Airplane Fingers – Creation Moments

AIRPLANE FINGERS

” Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.'” Genesis 1:20

Aerodynamics, the science of flight, is a highly complex science. This is because many complex forces are acting on anything in flight. These forces include the power available for flight and drag produced by the flying object. Each of these categories include many additional forces that depend on the shape of the flying object, the shape and length of the wings, the speed and the altitude. This is why, for example, high altitude planes have very long wings.

Learjet 60 with winglets ©Myfreewallpapers

One critical force that has been under recent study is the turbulence that forms at the tips of the wings. The shorter the wing, the more energy consuming turbulence forms at the tip of the wing. Different wing designs have been tried to decrease this turbulence. Engineers have had some success reducing this turbulence with winglets. You may have seen these small vertical wings on the wingtips of some airplanes. Swiss researchers have been studying vultures with the hope of finding a better solution to this problem because vultures have a relatively short wing span that has proven to be surprisingly efficient. They discovered that this is because the feathers at the vultures’ wing tips spread out. They then tested a wing with a finger-like cascade of blades at the end.

Turkey Vulture in flight ©World Bird Sanctuary

Their new wing was more than four times more efficient than the average wing design in use today! It takes a great deal of faith in evolution to think that natural selection possesses such knowledge of aerodynamics. Clearly the vulture was designed by an intelligent Creator Who understands aerodynamics even better than we do!

Prayer:
I thank You, dear Father, that we can see Your wisdom in the creation. Amen.
Notes:
Wingfingers, Flying/January 1999, p.108. Photo: Learjet 60 with winglets. Courtesy of Adrian Pingstone. (PD)

©Creation Moments, with Permission, 2017

Wingtip Device – Wikipedia

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Avian and Attributes – Beautiful

Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopleura bella) M ©WikiC

“In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.” (Isaiah 4:2 KJV)


Beautiful

BEAU’TIFUL, a. bu’tiful. [beauty and full.]
1. Elegant in form, fair, having the form that pleases the eye. It expresses more than handsome.
2. Having the qualities which constitute beauty, or that which pleases the senses other than the sight; as a beautiful sound.


The beautiful firetail (Stagonopleura bella) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. The species inhabits temperate shrubland habitats in Australia. The beautiful firetail mainly feeds on grass seed and Casuarina and Melaleuca seeds. Small insects and snails occasionally complement this herbivore diet. Estrildidae Family


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Avian and Attributes – Almighty

American Avocet “Gone fishin” – photo by Ron Dudley

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1 KJV)


Almighty

ALMI’GHTY, a. [all and mighty. See Might.]
Possessing all power; omnipotent; being of unlimited might; being of boundless sufficiency; appropriately applied to the Supreme Being.
ALMI’GHTY, n. The Omnipotent God.


Avocets have long legs and they sweep their long, thin, upcurved bills from side to side when feeding in the brackish or saline wetlands they prefer. The plumage is pied, sometimes also with some red. Members of this genus have webbed feet and readily swim. Their diet consists of aquatic insects and other small creatures. Recurvirostridae Family


“A” is for Avocet and Albatross: “A” Birds, Part 1

Birds Vol 2 #1 – The American Avocet

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Today is the beginning of a new series for Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures. A good friend of mine, Rhonda Sawtelle, (Create a Positive Day), has been posting every day on her Facebook a different attribute of our Lord God. She has been going through them alphabetically. What if each day, we had a different attribute and a bird that starts with that same letter. My challenge is to try to at least get through the alphabet at least once. Maybe several rounds. Stay tuned!

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 8/13/17

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Grackles Ready to Depart at Brinson Park Pier by Lee

IT SHALL NOT RETURN

UNTO ME VOID

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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)

Grackles Ready to Depart at Brinson Park Pier by Lee

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Look for a new series to begin tomorrow. This series is going to take a rest for a while. We began the Daily Devotionals in January of 2016.

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Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 8/12/17

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FOR IN SIX DAYS THE LORD

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For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:11 KJV)

Mixed Flocks of Birds by the Creative Hand of the Lord

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Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 8/10/17

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Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Singing ©WikiC

MY STRENGTH AND SONG

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“The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2 NKJV)

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Singing ©WikiC

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