“Birds of a feather” and one large Python, at Monte Casino.


Hi again, everyone. On Easter Sunday morning, we took my mom along to the church we used to attend when living in Johannesburg. It’s quite a large building, but was filled almost to capacity with people from all age groups, from small children to the really elderly. There was a beautiful arrangement at the front, comprising a wooden cross draped with a sparkling white folded sheet and surrounding this, on the ground, were rows of yellow daffodils and white/gold narcissus flowers. So simple, but very lovely. We met a few old friends who we hadn’t seen for a long time, and stayed to chat and catch up with family news. It was a very special time.

In the afternoon, all the family went to the Monte Casino bird gardens, where we watched the show. My mom was enthralled. She loves birds, and sat on the edge of her seat, taking in every new arrival on the scene. Up in the bell tower was an owl, poised for flight, and when called by the trainer, he swooped down onto his hand.

Don’t you just want to stroke these gorgeous soft-looking feathers?

There were pelicans, just like the ones we get around our lake in Florida, and this one loved the limelight, and refused to get out of the water.

The Toucan is called the “clown bird,” for obvious reasons. They always look to me as though they’ve put on a bit too much make-up. Smile

The sweet little kookaburra, brought forth quite a few “oohs” and  “aahs” from the audience,

and the ground hornbill from the Kruger National Park did it’s act with this plastic snake, shaking it until it was dead.

My personal favourite was this darling little rose-breasted cockatoo which was just wandering around on the grass, quite unconcerned, whilst we all gawped at it.

Last but by no means least was this albino Burmese Python. I couldn’t resist having a photo taken with it, and managed to persuade my grandchildren to join me, although they were less than keen.
   
After the show and a long walk around the gardens to make sure we didn’t miss anything, like this dainty, dancing blue crane,

 

and the family of pelicans partying by the lake,

 

we all went for a delicious Indian meal at ‘The Raj” in  the casino. Bird watching can make one quite hungry. Laughing

Hope you’re all having a great day. Chat again soon.

 

 

 

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38 comments on ““Birds of a feather” and one large Python, at Monte Casino.

  1. Absolutely stunning photo’s AD! Loooooove the Burmese Python! What a gorgeous photo of you and the grandkids. Thanks for sharing hon. The birds are absolutely beautiful!

  2. good fun for all up here

    at Monte you should sit immediately in front of those short pillars, then you can feel the air move and know you can’t HEAR an owl in flight

      • It depends on who you ask,LOL! The Wife must think I’m doing much better judging by the honey-do list today 😛 LOL,not in quite as much pain,but still not standing upright or off the cane-it’s passing,as always,thank you for asking,my friend 🙂

  3. I love birds. I stumbled upon an eagle owl a few years back that was sitting on our front lawn. It was dark and I wasn’t wearing my glasses. I though it was one of the cats sitting on its haunches, and even called to it to come inside. Did I get a shock when it opened its wings and took off!

    • These birds are the largest of the Kingfisher family, and native to Australia. They are also called “The laughing Kookaburra” because their call sounds like they’re laughing out loud.

  4. WOW! These are amazing photographs… but also I want to say your background photograph is amazing too whenever I visit your blog, it makes me feel in there, in this highest place… so beautiful… seems it is Machu Picchu, from Peru, isn’t it? Thanks and Love, nia

    • Thanks so much, nia. Yes it is Mach Picchu. We were there eight years ago on a round the world trip. This was long before I began blogging. It’s the most awesome place I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. xx

      • Exactly awesome place dear Adinparadise, even in the I picture fascinates me I can’t imagine to be there… You are lucky that you visited. It is so far for me and I can’t fly long hours… You are welcome and have a nice weekend, Love, nia

    • Yes, I was so disappointed and in the end, wished I hadn’t sent hubby scurrying off to bring the kids. I should have had it all to myself. 😉

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