Great Egret Preening at Gatorland

I love watching the Great Egret with their long flowing feathers. Today the breeze was blowing gently and was able to catch this beautiful Great Egret on Video. Enjoy!

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” (Psalms 91:1-4 NKJV)

These photos were also taken:

Great Egret at Gatorland

Great Egret at Gatorland

Great Egret Feathers at Gatorland

Great Egret at Gatorland

These photos are on the Flickr Site. Still testing.

 

Birds of the Bible – Where Did They Go?

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) ©Arthur Grosset

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) ©Arthur Grosset

Where did they go? I was wondering that a little over a week ago when we drove 50 miles to Orlando. I keep a small notebook and write down the birds we see as Dan drives. As cross into each county, I start my list for that county by drawing a line, putting the time, temperature if I know it, and what the sky looks like. Other than a Turkey Vulture or Black Vulture in each county, nothing was flying. We saw a few grackles, a Mockingbird, and a few Fish Crows. Coming back, one county I wrote “none” on my notebook. Normally here in Central Florida, we see birds around the ponds and lake. Nothing that day.

The next day, we drove 50 the other direction to Tampa to go to the Lowry Park Zoo. I knew those birds would be there. They are captive. I had the same results. One or two birds, but nothing flying. When I attended church the next day, I had several people tell me that they hadn’t seen any birds at their feeders and wondered if I knew why. I didn’t and don’t have a clue.

I am curious if it is that way up north when the birds start their migrations. You see them one day and then not the next. Our summer birds seem to be here year-round, or at least I thought so.

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by Lee

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) by Lee

All of that reminded me of the verses in Jeremiah:

I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. (Jeremiah 4:25 NKJV)

I will take up a weeping and wailing for the mountains, And for the dwelling places of the wilderness a lamentation, Because they are burned up, So that no one can pass through; Nor can men hear the voice of the cattle. Both the birds of the heavens and the beasts have fled; They are gone. (Jeremiah 9:10 NKJV)

That also caused me to think about this past summer. Where did it go? Where did those days and hours go that I had so many plans for. I especially thought I would work on this blog while the birds were gone north for the summer. Well, guess what? Here it is Autumn and it didn’t happen. In fact I am busier now than before they left. I was putting out about one article a day and now struggle to get one out every few days.

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Reinier Munguia

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Reinier Munguia

Do these verses cause you also to consider where time goes?

Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah (Psalms 39:5 NKJV)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 NKJV)

This post is just a “rambling” post, but I’m sure most of those who visit here that have blogs have felt the same way at times. I don’t want to just put a post up just for the sake of putting one up. I prefer for it to mean, instill or teach something.

ActiveLink

ActiveLink for today

Seems like lately, everything vies for my time. I have been on Weight Watchers since January (lost 30 lbs so far) and now even they are after my time. They recently released “ActiveLink” which monitors our movements. Sitting at a computer for hours, does not movement make. So now I have to get up and, ugh, exercise every so often or at least walk around. It will be worth it, but it takes “TIME.” That isn’t the only thing I have added lately. I am in new Ladies Bible Study and now I have “homework.” Time, time, time, where does it go?

Can you relate to any of this? I would venture to say many of you can. Oh, but isn’t the Lord great? When we do get time to see his fantastic creation, especially His birds, don’t they bring joy to you?

See also:

Birds of the Bible

Birds of the Bible – Birds of the Air

Wordless Birds

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Birthday Video from a j mithra

Today is my birthday and a j mithra, one of our writers, sent me the following video. Thought I would share it with all of you. Thanks, a j.

In India “a j” is recovering and in a cast, but he found time to make this. Please keep him in your prayers.

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. (Psalms 71:18 ESV)

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The Snow has been turned on again

Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) by Nikhil Devasar

Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) by Nikhil Devasar

Well, WordPress has turned on the snow again this year, so even though it is currently 59 degrees here in Central Florida, IT’S SNOWING.

It’s about the only way we get any down here. They turn it on for about a month, so, if it is a bother, it will be gone soon. For those of us who enjoy looking at it, enjoy it.

Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail, (Job 38:22 NKJV)

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) by Bob-Nan

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) by Bob-Nan

Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV)

Cardinal by Aestheticphotos

Wordless Birds

Happy Anniversary!

Out birding and caught by the newspaper

Out birding and caught by the newspaper

Today, Dan and I are celebrating our 46th anniversary. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. We are very thankful for all the blessings the Lord has bestowed on us over the years. Are we perfect, no, but we love each other and have made a commitment to “hang in there” through good times or bad, ups or downs. The Bible tells us:

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18 KJV)

Me Feeding The Beggars!

Me Feeding The Beggars!

We have become a good team over the years. Even now as we go birdwatching. I love to do the birdwatching and he likes to take the photos. And that is only one of the ways we blend our personalities into one “togetherness.” Most important of all, we together and individually have “togetherness” with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since this blog is about birdwatching, what can we learn from them about staying together. We find throughout the birding world and other critters, that many of the mates stick together for life.

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; (Job 12:7 NKJV)

Dan at work-Tricolored and Stork

Dan at work-Tricolored and Stork

Here are some of the monogamous (mate for life)  birds that have been mentioned in our articles:
Birds of the Bible – Dove and Turtle-Dove
Osprey III
Swan
April Lorier’s:
Eagles and The Atmosphere of Grace
Ian’s Bird of the Week
White-browed Babbler

These are just a few I picked out, there are plenty more that mention mating for life.

Back from Vacation

Then He said to them, “Come away, all of you, to a quiet place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, so that they had no time even for meals. (Mar 6:31 WNT)

Duck Lake - Robbins AFB, GA

Duck Lake - Robbins AFB, GA

Dan and I have been on vacation, and are back now. Guess I will have to get busy and write some more articles. Between traveling and having computer problems that knocked me off the Internet, I haven’t been able to do much. Thanks to other’s articles and what few I could get up, we have kept things sort of running.

Zonkey at Creation Museum

Zonkey at Creation Museum

We went to Indiana to visit family, the Creation Museum in Kentucky, then Ohio to visit a friend, and friends in Georgia. We were suppose to be “birdwatching” our way home, but the heat indexes were in the 100+ degree range. The birds were hiding and so were we. So, we came home four days early.

I “birdwatched” from the car as Dan drove us up and back. I did keep a list. On the way up, several birds that hit my fancy (because we don’t get to see them often) were: Swallow-tailed Kites, American Crows, Cardinals, Robins, Purple Martins, and a Red-tailed Hawk. On the way home – a Kestrel, lots of Eastern Meadowlarks, a Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers and Bluebirds at a park (Blue Lick Battlefield SRP in Kentucky)

Brown Thrasher - Robbins AFB, GA

Brown Thrasher - Robbins AFB, GA

The best “birdwatching” we got to do was at Robbins AFB in Georgia.  They have a Duck Lake where we were able to see the most birds. Here is what we saw or heard there on the 27th of June: Eastern Pewee, Hairy and a Downy Woodpecker, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Carolina Wren, Blue Jays, White Breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Doves, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, House Sparrows, Great Egret, Brown Thrasher, Brown Headed Cowbird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Little Blue Heron, Rock Pigeons, Brown Thrush, Cattle Egrets and several I am trying to ID. It is very wooded around the lake and made for great birding.

Fotobirder by Steve Slayton

White-tailed Kite by SSlayton

White-tailed Kite by SSlayton

While looking for some more photos for the Birds of the Bible pages I am updating, I again came to “Fotobirder” at Smugbug by Steve Slayton. Steve is the brother-in-law of a very good friend of mine in South Carolina. He has been busy adding lots of new photos. Steve is one of the photographers who has given his permission to use his photos. Thanks, Steve. [update: His site is now removed.]

Steve is a Christian and loves to put a Scripture verse with most of his photos. He gives credit to the Creator for what He has created.

Anna's Hummingbird - The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. PSALM 24 verse 1

Anna’s Hummingbird – The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. PSALM 24 verse 1

Cedar Waxwing Eating by Steve Slayton

Cedar Waxwing Eating by Steve Slayton

Here are a few of his photos:

Timmy and the Stork

Wood Stork by Lee

Wood Stork by Lee

I couldn’t resist this, because the Stork is one of our Birds of the Bible. And, besides that, this is funny.  This was printed in our local “Orange Peel Gazette” which comes out at least once a month and has jokes in it.

Timmy and the Stork

A man took his little boy to the zoo for the very first time. Each time they would see a new animal the little boy would ask, “What’s that?”  And each time the father would explain.  When they came to a pen with a very large bird inside the father said, “And that, Jimmy is a Stork.” The boy stood there for a few moments and the began to wave and say, “Hi! I’m Timmy!”  After several times of repeating this he finally turned to his father and exclaimed, “Guess I’m all grown up, Dad, he doesn’t recognize me.”

Timmy's delivery

Timmy’s delivery

 

 

 

 

 

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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 KJV)

 

Home again, Home again!

Painted BuntingPraise the the Lord, I am home again after a 5 day stay in the hospital. Thank all of you who have been praying for me while I have been fighting this infection. I have a viral respiratory infection (severe bronchitis) and it has to run it’s course. Could be several more months, so they tell me. With all their agressive treatments, I am much improved, but not well yet. At least they helped keep it from turning into pneumonia.

So, it’s back to try to do the “construction” I started some time back.

Thanks again for all your prayers. They were felt and appreciated.

Lee

For Your Enjoyment – From the Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn in Tennessee has a comedian who brings people on stage from the audience. On this day, things did not go exactly as planned. The middle man begins laughing, and it goes from there. This is posted just for your enjoyment.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

And here is the fellow by himself.

Impact of the Answers in Genesis Conference

Updated 4/25/09

If you have been reading this blog, you will recall that last weekend we had an Answers in Genesis Conference at our church here in Winter Haven, FL. It was a fantastic conference that the Lord blessed, and I left it with “information overload.” I have been trying to sort through what the Lord would have me learn from all of it. Creation topics have been something I have read about for some time, but this really struck a need.

I believe many of us had our thinking challenged by what we heard. American Christians are deserting the Authority of the Word of God and compromising with a world-view that is non-Christian. The result is our foundations based on the Word of God, the Creator of this world, are crumbling. As each generation teaches the next from a crumbling foundation, that next generation compromises more. Their foundation is even weaker than the one before. They become more Pagan or anti-Christian as the generations pass. So, what do we do? Shall we let our children, and grandchildren continue to drift further away from God and His Word in the Bible. I don’t think so!

If I didn’t learn anything else from that conference, this one thing I did. It is time to go back to the Foundation of the Word of God and re-train, or train for the first time, our generation and next ones on what the Bible, God’s Holy Word says. Not the compromised view.The most important decision a person every makes in their life is to confess their sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. If you don’t know that you are a sinner and why, then you need a foundation based on the Bible.
Our Thinking in Every Area
What does that mean for my blogs? Some foundational blocks need to be placed down based on God’s Word.  On the Birdwatchng Adventures blog, we have tried to base the posts on Scripture. There is more that can be said about why we believe they were created and did not take millions of years to get here and the wonderful design that the Lord created them with. Check out the PLUS Index for more on these topics.

We are Bible-believing Christians that love the Lord and want to share our thoughts and beliefs based on the Word of God, the Bible, with you. There are many fantastic websites that have information that we will share, with their permission, that will help rebuild a Biblical foundation.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. (Psalm 145:3-5 KJV)