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Sunday, 5 October 2008

Adventures in the waterlily house!

It was a warm and sunny day today when we went to the Botanical Gardens to stitch. I really love stitching there. Such beautiful surroundings!


We wandered around a little too. The doors of the waterlily house were open and when we got inside we saw this bird. I want to say "heron", but I have no idea what kind of bird it is really.

The bird was really enjoying the waterlily pads and didn't seem bothered by all the onlookers that had gathered.

It was only after watching the bird for a while that I realised that the bird was watching too! Watching the little fish that populate the waterlily pond.

It went from side to side catching a little fish in it's beak at each side. I think the fish would be scared when the bird caught a fish, but then it would walk over to the other side of the lilypad and they would all emit a sigh of relief and get close to the lilypad again ready for the return of the bird!


The bird played that game for a while until either it or the fish got sick of it and moved. It hop, skipped, and jumped to another lilypad.

And started the game again! (This is the closest I got to capturing the bird with a fish in it's beak. It happened many times, but let's just say that if I was a bird I would be a very skinny bird. A very hungry, skinny bird because my reflexes are not that good!)

10 comments:

nicolette said...

Lovely pictures! I’m happy for you you’re not a skinny bird!
What a great place to go stitching your wonderful butterflies!

mellyandrosie said...

What beautiful photos and a great taste of your day. Are those real lilypads???? I have never seen them so big like that! Beautiful.

Aim said...

That is a great looking place to take your stitching! I wish I lived close enough to our botanic gardens to do that too! What a fun thing to do...

Julie said...

Nice lilypads!

Rest is not idleness said...

That is an Amazon Waterlily (Victoria amazonica.) When it flowers they can grow up to 40cm in diameter and the lily pads that can grow to 2 metres in diameter. Depends on the conditions and the depth of the water.
They are great pictures, it sounds like you had a nice day there yesterday.
take care
Pip

Jenny said...

What beautiful photos. You are right it is a heron-it looks like the same ones that I see on my walks-a white-faced heron. Thanks for reminding me what a lovely Botanical Garden we have-great place for stitching:)

Lotti said...

these photos are amazing....

Suzanne said...

I like the photos...I use to see lily pads like that in the Philippines. Beautiful!

Chookyblue...... said...

are those lily pads real.......I love these photos........

Leanne said...

What are you talking about your photos of the botanic garden are as good as mine I would have loved to have been there to see that bird.