Saturday, 17 January 2009

Postcard 7: The Flamingo Pool, a far cry from Wonderland

Caribbean flamingo faces: The National Wetland Centre, Wales

We braved the wet and windy conditions and enjoyed a blustery walk around the Centre, which is part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. I could not help thinking of Alice and her game of croquet, and feeling very sorry for these fine birds. Thankfully, flamingo games only take place in Wonderland.

I much prefer the sentiments expressed in a poem, Flamingo Watching by Kay Ryan on the Poetry Archive site.

My flamingo friends in Llanelli are well looked after, but some aspects of life are hard to fix. Apparently they did not take kindly to the wet summer, and there was some concern over whether they would reproduce (source: Waterlife, issue 166). Thankfully a spot of sunshine arrived in the nick of time, and with it a clutch of flamingo eggs. In mid-July the eggs hatched into seven flamingo chicks.

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