Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 6/28/17

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Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) In Flight ©Smediacache

IN BLUE CLOTHES

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“These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise. (Ezekiel 27:24)

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) In Flight ©Smediacache

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 6/27/17

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Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) ©Smediacache

OF BLUE

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“And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.” (Numbers 4:6)

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) ©Smediacache

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Lee’s One Word Monday – 6/26/17

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Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) ©WikiC

CRIMSON

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“And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.”  (Jeremiah 4:30)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) ©WikiC

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 6/25/17

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Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Male ©WikiC

AND THE STRETCHING OUT

OF HIS WINGS

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“And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.” (Isaiah 8:8 KJV)

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Male ©WikiC

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Sunday Inspiration – Frigatebirds, Gannets and the Booby

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by Ian

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by Ian

“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.” (Psalms 121:3 KJV)

We are introducing you to the Suliformes Order which has four families. The first two families are fairly small, so we will cover them today.

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) ©USFWS

The Frigatebirds belong to the Fregatidae Family and only have one genus, the Fregata. There are five species, the Ascension, Christmas, Magnificent, Great, and the Lesser Frigatebirds.

Frigatebirds (also listed as “frigate bird”, “frigate-bird”, “frigate”, frigate-petrel”) are found across all tropical and subtropical oceans. The five extant species are classified in a single genus, Fregata. All have predominantly black plumage, long, deeply forked tails and long hooked bills. Females have white underbellies and males have a distinctive red gular pouch, which they inflate during the breeding season to attract females. Their wings are long and pointed and can span up to 2.3 metres (7.5 ft), the largest wing area to body weight ratio of any bird.

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) imm. by Ian

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) immature by Ian

Able to soar for weeks on wind currents, frigatebirds spend most of the day in flight hunting for food, and roost on trees or cliffs at night. Their main prey are fish and squid, caught when chased to the water surface by large predators such as tuna. Frigatebirds are referred to as kleptoparasites as they occasionally rob other seabirds for food, and are known to snatch seabird chicks from the nest. Seasonally monogamous, frigatebirds nest colonially. A rough nest is constructed in low trees or on the ground on remote islands. A single egg is laid each breeding season. The duration of parental care is among the longest of any bird species; frigatebirds are only able to breed every other year.

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) by W Kwong

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) by W Kwong

The Gannets and Boobies make up the Sulidae Family. The bird family Sulidae comprises the gannets and boobies. Collectively called sulids, they are medium-large coastal seabirds that plunge-dive for fish and similar prey. However, Sula (true boobies) and Morus (gannets) can be readily distinguished by morphological and behavioral and DNA sequence characters. Abbott’s booby (PapaIt appears to be a distinct and ancient lineage, maybe closer to the gannets than to the true boobies. There are 10 species. The Morus genus has three species, the Northern, Cape and Australasian Gannets.

Abbott's Booby (Papasula abbotti) by Ian

Abbott’s Booby (Papasula abbotti) by Ian

The Papasula genus consists of only the Abbott’s Booby.

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) by Bob-Nan

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) by Bob-Nan

The rest of the Boobies are in the Sula genus.  They are the Blue-footed Booby [a favorite], Peruvian Booby, Masked Booby, Nazca Booby, Red-footed Booby [another favorite], and the Brown Booby. [Wikipedia, with editing]

 

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“Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.” (Psalms 17:5 KJV)


“My Faith Still Holds” ~ Faith Baptist Church Orchestra
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Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 6/24/17

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Scarlet Ibis Rookery ©Stevebird Wildlife

HER HOUSEHOLD ARE

CLOTHED WITH SCARLET

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“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  (Proverbs 31:22)

Scarlet Ibis Rookery ©Stevebird Wildlife

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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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