Thursday, 16 June 2016

Magic Moments by Susan L.

  For several days now there's been a hunt to find the two small catfish, Cory Cats, that were moved to the pond. There'd been a change in water temperature when they were let loose and sometimes it shocks fish and they don't make it. The two of them had been in the aquarium to help keep the bottom of the tank clean. Seeing as it's my thoughts to do a tropical fish aquarium come fall it seemed worthwhile to keep them. They're tough to see because of their camouflage brown with black stripes. The water lily is rapidly covering the surface as well so there's plenty of hiding places.
  Finally I saw them and was greatly relieved.
  Sitting there for a moment, simply enjoying the pleasure of watching the water cascade over the little waterfall, a flash of orange made me freeze. Mr. Oriole was attracted by it, too! Sitting as still as possible so as not to disturb him I only moved my eyes to watch what he was doing. He flitted from fence to tree, watching me before warily making his way down to the upper part of the pond. It's the shallow part, just right for birdbaths, where the waterfall comes from. Chattering away as though pleased with the set up and satisfied that I would do him no harm, he jumped down and splashed about for a late afternoon bath.
  What a treat for both of us!
  They are truly a beautiful bird.
  "So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." Gen 1:21

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