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“Therefore I [Jesus] tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 7:25-27,31-34)
The Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian Tiger are the most famous fauna of Tasmania, but we also have many beautiful birds! God has blessed our tiny island with all different types of bird species from parrots to penguins. A number of our birds are endemic to Tasmania (only found in Tasmania) although this musk lorikeet is not one of them as it is also found in southeastern mainland Australia.
I took this photograph just a couple minutes away from my house one early summer’s evening. It was one of the first photographs I took when I got my camera, which I still didn’t understand or know how to work at the time. Thankfully after taking about 200 bad shots, almost everything came together in this shot.
It took some time for them to get used to me, but when they finally did, this particular bird sat still for quite a long time and allowed me to zoom in and get a series of really nice shots in this stunning gum tree, which was coming into full bloom. I am not sure which one of the 900 different eucalypt species this tree is as it is not a Tasmanian native.
It amazes me that these birds mainly live off of nectar (no wonder why they dart around so fast!), as I would imagine nectar would be pretty scarce during Tassie winters. They’re a great example of God’s love and care for all his creatures, including us.