Badger Creek

“He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭104:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Apparently the creek was named by the early settlers after the wombats in the area which were often called badgers. However, there are no badgers in Australia.
Some friends nearby.
Badger Creek is a beautiful picnic area 53kms east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Crimson Rosella Photoshoot

The beautiful Australian Crimson Rosella.

The Crimson Rosella is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia. They love this Olive tree in our garden.
Male and female are very similar in appearance. The male is slightly larger than the female.
The Crimson Rosella is commonly found in mountain forests and gardens.
Checking out the photographer…
The Crimson Rosella’s nest is high in a tree hollow. The parents line it with wood shavings and dust. Their clutch size is 4-8 white eggs, usually 5. The female alone incubates the eggs for 20 days, and then both parents care for the young.
The chicks remain dependent on their parents for a further 35 days after leaving the nest.
The young birds gradually attain their adult plumage over a period of 15 months.
The beaks of the male Crimson Rosellas are said to be bigger and wider than the beak of the female. Not sure about these two.
When feeding they are constantly “on watch”.
Beautiful birds! What a delight to have them visit our garden.
Sometimes they are accompanied by the Eastern Rosella. A future blog, hopefully.
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After the storm

A thorough protective prune and cleanup in our neighbourhoods after the storm.

36 years ago we watched as the Council planted these two Gumtrees which then were only about a metre in height.
An interested observer (Australian magpie).
Pruning to clear the overhead wires.
Lovely grain of the eucalyptus wood.
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“I do set My bow…”

Facing east from our home, Melbourne, Victoria. 04/03/2016

Almighty God has said the bow is a token of His covenant between Himself and the earth:

“And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:8-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/gen.9.8-17.

A severe storm in Melbourne on 9th June, 2021, left thousands without power. Our family had no power for two days. Some were much longer. The video below (via YouTube), shows the aftermath in Mt. Dandenong, only about half an hour’s drive east.

Psalm 91

Also beautifully sung by Shane and Shane
https://youtu.be/ZLbrSiuzlog
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Mornington Peninsula Snapshots

A popular seaside location for a day-trip or vacation within several hours of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Early morning at a Bayside beach on Port Phillip Bay.
Oleander by the coast.
The back beaches facing Western Port Bay.
Port Phillip Bay is a busy shipping route to and from Port Melbourne.
Silver Gull
What is that bird?
Black swans in the Bay.
Oleander

So many more photos could be shown of this popular area, but perhaps that’s for another time.

Several maps showing the location of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.

1967 Tragedy

On 17th December 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared, presumed drowned while swimming at Cheviot Beach which is part of the Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula. His body was never found. (See last map for location of Cheviot Beach.) -Ref. http://www.discovermorningtonpeninsula.com.au/fascinatingfacts/prime-minister-harold-holt.php

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Australian King Parrots return with a surprise

Each year a lovely male and female pair of Australian King Parrots come to visit us.

The male Australian King Parrot feeding on our olives.
Beautiful!
The female Australian King Parrot.
This year three birds came! They have a new addition to their family. Apparently the parrot on the left is an immature male as he has yellow around the iris and the beak is pink colored. In time his head and chest will grow the brilliant red feathers just like dad. The mother (right) has brown around the iris and her beak is a brownish color.
Several photos of our new friend – the immature male Australian King Parrot…
Checking things out from the olive tree…
Investigating the fig tree…
Tasting the sunflower seeds.
Dad keeping watch over his family.
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