Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ducklings, flowers and a bug

I had another bird-related moment of glee today - tiny ducklings swimming on a pond at the Botanic Gardens with mother and father duck. They were so cute with their little brown beaks, paddling about trying to snap up the bread someone was feeding them (which is naughty and I was tempted to tell her so that she'd stop and the ducks would swim away from her and come closer to me. But I didn't).  Unfortunately I couldn't get a clear shot of them.

I saw eels in the Ornamental Lake again too - two of them swimming right in the shallowest part.

Some photos:

Hungry swan looking for an easy feed.

Every rose...

...has its thorns.  Ouch!

Little purple flower

I forget what this is called. Soldier beetle? Harlequin bug?


Andrew said...

I have wondered what happened to the eels when the lake was almost dry? I believe they commute via the Yarra. Perhaps they just stayed away.

Kellyansapansa said...

Wow, they are some serious thorns. Great pics!

Kellyansapansa said...

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Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I don't think there's ANYTHING sweeter than ducklings swimming behind their mother! These are just beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them!

I just found you through Kellyansapansa's blog, I'm so glad I did! I'll be back!

Jayne said...

Good to hear the eels are back, means the water's healthy...wasn't there some to do with the eels and fish at the Melb Museum last summer in the heat? and how about the "monster eel" tales along the Yarra!