Bird Migration tonight in the United States. Lord of all creation we salute You.

4.1 million birds are forecast to pass over Maryland tonight! 14 September 2020. Link.

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To God be the Glory

Food for Thought: The Centre Cannot Hold

Why is there a feeling that things are falling apart in these uncertain times? Do we sense that anarchy is increasingly eroding law and order? What has happened to ethics? Is there a centre that is falling apart? What is that centre? What is your centre? What is my centre?

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“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

Opening to The Second Coming – W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

A precious wagtail moment

Watch this precious moment when a young wagtail is fed cheese by one of its parents. We were privileged to see this, this morning in Port Elizabeth South Africa, outside our kitchen. Enjoy.

Beautiful flowers and trees from the land of the Kookaburra (Part 2)

“It is not fair calling Australia “the land of the Kookaburra”. What a cheek! I am a beautiful swamp hen. I also live in Australia. And look at the fantastic way that I walk. Eat your heart out, Kookaburra!”😊

“OK, now I have got that off my chest, look below at these four pictures from the land of the Swamp Hen.” Please scroll down

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Kangaroo Paws

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More Kangaroo Paws

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Wild Wattle

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“I am still waiting for a turn to show you some pictures. I am also from Australia, you know!”

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Thanks again to our friends in Australia for the pictures

Beautiful flowers from the land of the Kookaburra (Part 1)

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Australia is not only the land of the kookaburra. It also has magnificent scenery. There are also many beautiful flowers.

Today my wife and her Australian friend were chatting about this and that and they got onto the subject of the flowers in her Australian garden. We asked her to send some pictures, which she did with some comments.

Here are some of the pictures with comments.

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(Did I hear the kookaburra say “The flowers in this garden are fair dinkum”?)

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“A hedge of azaleas at our front door”

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Xmas cactus

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“Bromeliads…not unlike the stag horn ….”

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“That show off kookaburra got in first to introduce the pictures of the flowers. We were busy waiting for fisherman to clean their catch. Our turn, next time.”

This might interest you

The Obesa Nursery in Graaff-Reinet

and

Some famous advice from the 5th Century AD https://johnbartels.com/2020/06/07/the-salutation-of-the-dawn/

Elon Musk has Serious Competition

Elon Musk has created a rocket that can land on a moving platform. Undoubtedly a great invention. However Someone very long ago created something much cleverer!

Have a look.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made …

Romans 1:20

Praise the Lord

Garden Birds’ Breakfast

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalm 150:6

What a joy and blessing it is to have these faithful little friends in our back garden, every day

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The table is bare.

Lets prepare breakfast

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For breakfast? Cheese, orange, apple and wild bird seed

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Looking good

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Wild bird seed – always a favorite

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The cheese is on the sea saw

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The rest of breakfast is ready to put on the table

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The start of breakfast

“Did you hear what happened?” Gossiping while enjoying wild bird seed

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“Look what I have!” A mouse bird with apple in its claw

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“My apple! Watch out for my sharp beak!” – An assertive mouse bird

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“Did I hear a mouse bird coming?” White eyes love oranges

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“What happened to the cheese?” – A worried rock pigeon

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Doves and a rock pigeon eating seed thrown on the grass

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That beautiful rock pigeon again

Praise the Lord

Speckled mousebird nest destroyed in storm ðŸ˜¥

Photo A Hannington

A few days ago, a gale, accompanied by hail, destroyed this beautiful speckled mousebird nest in Port Elizabeth.

In the days leading up to the disaster, my good friends had been watching the mousebirds build the nest, which was not finished.

There was no evidence of eggs or chicks.

You can see the size of the nest by comparing it with the tennis ball.

For the mousebirds it’s “Back to the drawing board”.

Very sad. but nature will bounce back. 🙂

Click here for more about mousebirds – probably the birds that lost this nest.

Wagtail mom feeding her chicks

Watch mother wagtail feeding her chicks. The kids in the front are clearly on the lookout for mom. Note “dozy” at the back busy preening! Then mom arrives with the food. The reaction of the chicks, including “dozy”, is instant. Yip – I was very lucky to take the video. What a joy!

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