“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalms 106:1 NKJV)
“… It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;” (Psalms 92:1 NKJV)
“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” (Psalms 104:24 KJV)
They recently opened up a new Butterfly area at the Brevard Zoo in Brevard, Florida. This was the first time we have been to this exhibit.
There was soft music playing and the butterflies were just flitting here and there. I took this video, which is not the best, but they were really beautiful [when I could keep it in focus].
It was not a frog making noise. It was a pair of Turocos calling.
“He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.” (Psalms 115:13 KJV)
Below are some of the photo that I took. I trust I attached the right names to them. I used the signs they provided.
At the Brevard Zoo today, we saw some Northern Cardinals flying really close to where I was standing.
I was enjoying getting some photos, when we noticed that they were feeding a youngster who had fallen out of the nest. It had landed on a palm leaf right above the walkway where I was standing.
That is when I realized the Momma Cardinal was also keeping an eye on the situation.
We were quite concerned that it might fall into the walkway and someone would step on it accidentally. At the next exhibit, we told the keeper. He asked if it was the one in the palm tree. Yes. Well, he had just put it back in the nest about 10 minutes before. Said he would go back and put it back in again.
We sure hope it makes it and quits getting out of the nest. It is too small to survive on its own and can’t fly yet. He also told us that there were no other little ones in the nest. I am sure that those concerned Cardinals will do their best.
“I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.” (Psalms 50:11 KJV)
I know the Lord, who Created Cardinals, knows all about the situation. If He cares about the littlest baby Cardinal, rest assured, He cares about you and I.
Photos aren’t the best, but I am writing this on my laptop and away from the editing program.
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:37-41 KJV)
We here in Florida are preparing for Hurricane Irma to impact our state in the next few days. Dan and I have put in our supplies, and our just waiting to make a final decision to stay or go to a shelter. When we lived in Fort Lauderdale years ago, we went through the fringe of Hurricane Andrew. As you know, we like to visit zoos, especially Zoo Miami. During Andrew, the then Miami Metro Zoo was devastated. Thankfully, it was rebuilt and renamed Zoo Miami.
Thought I would check to see what is being done around the state at some of our favorite Zoos. What I found was more of what they did in previous hurricanes to protect the animals.
Zoo Miami is right in the path of a direct hit from Irma. The Wings of Asia aviary was built to new strong hurricane strengths, and we trust it can stand up to this new threat. Here are some links to what preparations are happening.
Instead, the park’s majestic birds will be inside their steel and concrete enclosure—an upgrade from the iconic photo that shows the birds huddled in a hay-filled bathroom.
“It’s one of the things we learned from Andrew,” said Ron Magill a spokesman for Zoo Miami. “They will be safe.” CLICK THE LINK TO READ THE REST.
Here are two clips from the Hurricane Andrew damage.
Brevard Zoo – Viera, Florida [from an article in Florida Today] They are on a “wait and see,”
“VIERA — Officials at Brevard Zoo, like a lot of people, are keeping a careful eye on Hurricane Irma.
But as of now it’s business as usual for the zoo staff and the 800 animals there.
Elliot Zirulnik, the communications manager at the zoo, said the zoo has a hurricane plan in place, which includes two-week stockpiles of food for the animals.
If a hurricane warning is issued for the area, then zoo staff will work on securing the animals.
The 800 animals at the zoo consist of 165 species.
“It’s a lot of work but it’s something our team is prepared for,” Zirulnik said.
The zoo is located in Viera, off Wickham Road, near Interstate 95.”
Couldn’t find where they have written about the current hurricane approaching, but here is an interesting article about last year when Hurrican Matthew came through.
I did not list Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa because it appears the hurricane is going to go up the east coast of Florida. They will prepare in Tampa, but also “wait and see.”
The Lord is in control of this storm and already knows where it will go, what and who will be affected by Hurricane Andrew. Your prayers for our residents of Florida; both we humans and the critters.
“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7 KJV)
“Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” (Isaiah 62:3 KJV)
While at the Brevard Zoo last week, we were able to take photos and this video of the Red-crested Turaco up close and personal. They opened up a remodeled section of the zoo. The aviary in there has several Red-crested Turacos. I have tried for years to get a good photo of a Turaco, but they have always been behind cage wires. This beautiful bird was in with the Cockatiels, Galahs, Laughing Kookaburra, and some ducks in the free-flying aviary. Many people were feeding the birds with juice, so the birds come right close. Actually, some land on the hand of the one with the juice.
According to Wikipedia [with editing]: “The red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus) is a turaco from a group of African near-passerines. It is a frugivorous bird endemic to western Angola. Its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey.
The national bird of Angola is the striking, endemic red-crested turaco. It occurs quite commonly along the length of the Angolan escarpment and adjacent forested habitats.
Here is the video that I took of this avian wonder from Our Creator:
I preloaded this blog, because I wanted to use it to give an update on my surgery. My back had rods and screws placed between the S1 to L2 and L4-L2 on the other set of pedicules. I am now in a Rehabilitation Hospital trying to regain strength. I only pre-scheduled the blog though July 1st.
Not sure when next article will be released.
I am in pain, but it is getting better. My legs are very weak, but improving. The Lord has been with all the way. Your prayers and thoughts are a great comfort.
Red-crested Turaco – Wikipedia
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath Day. It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, (Psalms 92:1-2 NKJV)
Even though our vacation didn’t go according to “our” schedule, the Lord gave us some great blessings. He, the Lord, had a way of placing the right people in our path to help us. Only He could orchestrate those encounters. May we never forget to give the Lord credit for his blessings to us.
We were able to still see Patriots Point and Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard Zoo and the Viera Wetlands and the nearby Click Ponds. The slide show has some photos from those places.
** Some how I forgot to finish this Sunday Inspiration. We took our vacation several months ago. The song Sean is playing, “It Is Well With My Soul” seems to be even more appropriate today. I have been dealing with a walking and now pain issue. I start two days a week of physical therapy next week for almost two months. As I told the therapist Friday, “even though I am dealing with all this, I am trying to maintain a good attitude.” How can I do that? Because, It Is Well With My Soul.” I know the forgiveness for my sins because of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for my sins and yours. Have you asked for His forgiveness? Please keep me in your prayers and Sean, also. He needs it more as he is dealing with Lymphoma.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 KJV)
“It Is Well With My Soul” by Sean Fielder
On our vacation several weeks ago we stopped back by the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. I had a neat Kookaburra Encounter.
The Laughing Kookaburra is in the aviary where the Lorikeets, Galahs and other birds are kept. When I came through a door, right there on the rail sat a young Laughing Kookaburra. I have seen them before, but never as close as this one. I got within inches of him/or her. I could have touched it, but was afraid of that beak.
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21 NKJV)
Here are some of the pictures we took.
I have to admit, I was thrilled. Just looking at one of the Lord’s creations so close. Wow! That one photo Dan took of me and the Kookaburra, my hand was within 5-6 inches from it. May I never lose my AWE at seeing and encountering the Lord’s critters.
Other Kookaburra encounters:
Birdwatching at the Cincinnati Zoo I
Birds Of The Bible – Joy And Laughter
Birdwatching Adventure to Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
Birdwatching at the National Aviary – Introduction
Alcedinidae – Kingfishers – Family
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. (Isaiah 38:14 KJV)
Originally this was going to be about the Grey Crowned Crane at Jacksonville Zoo and other zoos, but the bird genus Balearica (also called the crowned cranes) consists of two living species in the crane family Gruidae: the Black Crowned Crane (B. pavonina) and the Grey Crowned Crane (B. regulorum). The species today occur only in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, and are the only cranes that can nest in trees. This habitat is one reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae. Like all cranes, they eat insects, reptiles, and small mammals.
While looking for information, I realized my first impression was incorrect. The Grey Crowned has a grey crown, so while searching our photos the Black Crowned also had the same color crown. At first, I thought I had mislabeled them. Searching Wikipedia, I found these two super photos and decided to share them. You can see that the face is unique in each.
The Grey has the red at the top of the patch on its cheek.
The Black has the red or pink at the bottom of that cheek.
Also, one has a grey neck and the other a black neck. Ahah! That’s where the name comes from. Man names the birds, but God created them and I think it is neat that He helps us identify them. My opinion is that the Lord should have hung name tags on the birds, so that when we have them in our binoculars or scoped we could just read the sign. But God:
Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. (Job 9:10 KJV)
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 KJV)
There are other things about them, but this was interesting for me. For me, I will have to keep observing and learning. May none of us every get “bored” watching the Lord’s Creations.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7 KJV)
Grey Crowned Crane – Wikipedia
Black Crowned Crane – Wikipedia
This last Monday we made a 90 mile trip over to the Titusville area. We visited the Viera Wetlands and the Brevard Zoo and then on Tuesday we drove up to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge before heading back home.
Things did not go as planned, but we had a great trip anyway. To begin with, when we got our cameras out at Viera Wetlands, Dan’s did not work. So he was without a camera for the whole trip. (Bummer!)
It was windy, overcast and the birds, what few there were of them, were staying low. Did get a great shot of a “wind-blown” Great Blue Heron. It definitely was having a “bad hair day.”
After a nice lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, we ducked into the Brevard Zoo for a couple of hours. Got a few nice photos, since Dan used my camera to get through the fences for me. I shoot in Program mode, so I take lots of pictures of fences and cages and few photos occasionally of the birds. (As you can tell by the two photos above)
I captured a photo of the male at the first visit to the Brevard Zoo.
The next morning we drove up to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to the 7 mile Black Point Drive. There were only four cars, counting ours, on the whole drive. Again, it was windy, which we thought was supposed to be less than the day before.
There were not many ducks or birds of that type. We found out from one of them driving around that the salt level is too high, thus the lack of ducks. Usually this time of the year, there are plenty to see. We did manage to find some Hooded Mergansers with some American Avocets (rare for me).
Not to be discouraged, we found other birds to view and see an alligator about 12 feet long. That is one of the joys of going on a birdwatching adventure. You never know what you will see or not see. It is alway different. Even going to a zoo with the same birds, there is always something interesting to see. The Lord gives us:
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NASB)
Black Point Drive – MINWR
I trust you are enjoying our “Start Birdwatching Today!” series. We have been trying to motivate you to go out and observe the many birds around you. This is the second article about “Enjoying The Lord’s Paintbrush” Click for first one.
Seeing as our subtitle is “Birdwatching from a Christian Perspective,” I want to do a few articles that you won’t see in most birding books. We believe that the world and all that its critters were created by the Lord and not evolved.
For thus says the Lord–Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited–I am the Lord, and there is no one else. (Isaiah 45:18 AMP) O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions— (Psalms 104:24 NKJV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28 NKJV)
While creating the birds, the Lord has used a fantastic array of colors and designs. I can imagine Him using a fine brush when some of my favorite birds here in America were being dressed for “His pleasure.” Zoos are a fantastic place to see birds that you would have to travel to other countries to see. It is more economical to travel to a Zoo nearby.
The birds at zoos are well cared for and many are being bred to preserve their species. Some birds are so endangered by loss of habitat and other causes, that the only birds left are the ones in the zoos or preserves. We are fortunate to have some very super zoos right here within a day’s drive and our country has many others that are first class also. The birds seen here in this article are some of the fantastically painted birds created by the Lord that Dan and I have seen in Zoos.
Look at the Mandarin Duck at the top. He is related to the Wood Duck up there last week. Another beautiful bird that likes to hide and make it difficult to get a good photo of him. The male is the colorful one and the female is a plain brownish to protect her while on the nest. She is in the background and you can see her painted eyelines.
Now if you have an ugly vulture and want to pretty it up, look at this design on the head of a King Vulture.
Here are a few more beauties by their Creator: How about these feathers on the Scarlet Macaw?
Or the gorgeous Blue-and-yellow Macaw?
My favorite “painted” bird at the Brevard Zoo was this one:
Wow!!! Down in Miami at the Wings of Asia aviary at Zoo Miami we were able to see these beautiful birds: The Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo
Or this cool bird which I call “Joe Cool.” Looks like the Lord painted sunglasses on it.
An Inca Tern seen at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA:
This Victorian-crowned Pigeon is at most of the zoos we have visited. They look like lace was placed on its head.
Back here locally to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, there are many birds to enjoy. We met a group of our Homeschoolers over there on Friday and had the pleasure of introducing them to my avian friends there. They enjoyed all of them, but had the most fun feeding the beautiful Lorikeets.
There are many more that could be shown, but if you”Start Birdwatching Today” with a trip to a zoo or somewhere similiar, you might just be surprised by the beauty and magnificence of the birds. Then thank the Lord for His many blessings to us.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 NKJV)
See the whole “Start Birdwatching Today” series *
We had a delightful and interesting visit to the Brevard Zoo in Viera (Melbourne), Florida on Friday the 3rd. We were over there also visiting Viera Wetland (2nd & 3rd) (article to come) and also went to the Atlantic shore for a few minutes that evening (the 2nd). Some of the highlights were that Galah landing on Dan’s camera. See Just Back From A Birdwatching Adventure – Viera. Luckily I had my own camera and was able to “capture the moment.” What was so interesting about that Galah is that he (or she) had become intrigued by Dan’s camera. A child tried to offer it some of the liquid they sell to feed the birds, but no, the camera was more interesting. (This picture is not good, but it show the action)
Then the Galah hopped up on his camera.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they (we) are without excuse: (Romans 1:20 KJV)
|Birds observed at Brevard Zoo:|
|English name||Scientific name|
|1||Southern Cassowary||Casuarius casuarius|
|3||Wild Turkey||Meleagris gallopavo|
|4||Black-bellied Whistling Duck||Dendrocygna autumnalis|
|5||West Indian Whistling Duck||Dendrocygna arborea|
|6||Coscoroba Swan||Coscoroba coscoroba|
|7||Black Swan||Cygnus atratus|
|8||Raja Shelduck||Tadorna radjah|
|9||White-cheeked Pintail||Anas bahamensis|
|10||American Flamingo||Phoenicopterus ruber|
|11||Chilean Flamingo||Phoenicopterus chilensis|
|12||Marabou Stork||Leptoptilos crumeniferus|
|13||American White Ibis||Eudocimus albus|
|14||Scarlet Ibis||Eudocimus ruber|
|15||Roseate Spoonbill||Platalea ajaja|
|16||Great Blue Heron||Ardea herodias|
|17||Black Vulture||Coragyps atratus|
|18||King Vulture||Sarcoramphus papa|
|19||Bald Eagle||Haliaeetus leucocephalus|
|20||Red-shouldered Hawk||Buteo lineatus|
|21||Red-tailed Hawk||Buteo jamaicensis|
|22||Northern Crested Caracara||Caracara cheriway|
|23||American Coot||Fulica americana|
|24||Black Crowned Crane||Balearica pavonina pavonina|
|25||Sandhill Crane||Grus canadensis|
|26||Blue Crane (Stanley)||Grus paradisea|
|27||Masked Lapwing||Vanellus miles|
|28||Eurasian Collared Dove||Streptopelia decaocto|
|29||Mourning Dove||Zenaida macroura|
|32||Rainbow Lorikeet||Trichoglossus moluccanus|
|33||Hyacinth Macaw||Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus|
|34||Blue-and-yellow Macaw||Ara ararauna|
|35||Scarlet Macaw||Ara macao|
|36||Golden Parakeet||Guaruba guarouba|
|37||White-crested Turaco||Tauraco leucolophus|
|38||Laughing Kookaburra||Dacelo novaeguineae|
|39||Wrinkled Hornbill||Aceros corrugatus|
|40||Southern Ground Hornbill||Bucorvus leadbeateri|
|41||Red-bellied Woodpecker||Melanerpes carolinus|
|42||Downy Woodpecker||Picoides pubescens|
|43||Fish Crow||Corvus ossifragus|
|44||House Wren||Troglodytes aedon|
|45||Yellow-rumped Warbler||Dendroica coronata|
|46||Myrtle Warbler||Dendroica coronata|
|47||Boat-tailed Grackle||Quiscalus major|
|48||Northern Cardinal||Cardinalis cardinalis|
There were other animals at the zoo, but our main focus was on the birds. It is a very nice landscaped zoo and the over-all appearance was great. The critters all seemed to be well taken care of. It is definitely worth a visit to the Brevard Zoo if you are in that area. It is actually listed as being at 8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940. Update: 2/11/12 – Dan just posted his photos on his photography website. His photos at – Dan’s Pix – are much better than mine, of course, he has a better camera. Will be doing an article on our visit to the Viera Wetlands soon. *