Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mothers Day Surprise!!!

My friend Judy and I went to Jungle Gardens on Mothers Day as a special treat to ourselves.
I love Flamingo Faces

I love Flamingo Feet

I love the fact they can stand for hours on one leg looking like a cotton candy pretzel

Look, my Chatty Cathy self said to Judy, It's breeding season!
( as though Judy can't read the signs all  by herself.)
Look, Judy the sign says nesting area! where is it? I don't see it!


Judy, come back, stop snapping shots of that dead tree and COME LOOK! I found the NEST
The nests were way up under a hibiscus and there were 6 of them, piles of very wet MUD, they have water running to keep it muddy for them
Judy, LOOK, she digging in the nest with her beak....
LOOK, Judy Look! she is digging in the nest. (I think i said that about 6 times)
Well, Judy came running and grabbed this amazing shot above.
 This was the most amazing mothers day for both of us, the mother scratched in the mud, turned around and sat down and started to SQUAWK! then several ducks walk over and started QUACKING! 3 more Flamingo's came and circled her and they All Squawked and Quacked!!! LOUD and she laid her egg in the nest, WHILE WE WATCHED
God's Amazing Creation, right in front of our eyes.
CLICK HERE TO SEE JUDY"S POST of our Mothers Day Treat
Yes, I did use the word Amazing three times because it WAS
Coming tomorrow and the next day and the next day The Rest Of the Story

29 comments:

♥ helen said...

Wow! I would have loved to see all this as well. Yes it must have been amazing :)

Deb said...

awesome...what a great Mothers day surprise..

diane b said...

What an amazing day. To actually see them nest building and then lay an egg. Was it only One? They are beautiful coloured birds.

Snapper II said...

I like all of these photos. I'mreally drawn to the feet, they look so odd (they probably think my feet are odd to). LOL

Krista said...

These are so awesome! I love flamingos and have never seen one, except in pictures. Some day I shall!

What a great Mother's Day treat! Jimmy and Oreo got me a new BBQ which was really nice of them. I needed one! :o)

Judy said...

I love it that we got different views of the nesting ritual.
I googled "Flamingos" and learned that they lay only one egg.
Thanks for making my Mothers'Day special!
The Flamingo Whisperer

Catherine said...

What a wonderful surprise you had! Totally awesome.

Chatty Crone said...

A M A Z I N G!

I love Flamingo's too - I adore them - part of it is their pink color I'm sure.

Love the pictures and glad they are having more babies.

Sandie

photowannabe said...

Well I think that's amazing too.
That was a very special Mother's Day surprise.

srp said...

My grandmother always had pink flamingo garden statures in her flower beds. My brother really doesn't like them... and we have thought about getting a couple to put in HIS flower beds here. I always thought they looked fake and cheesy... but then I saw the real flamingo at the San Diego zoo and discovered... that the real live flamingo are soooo pink and stand soooo still... they look exactly like the garden statues. In fact, sometimes you would be hard pressed to tell which were real and which were the statue.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

OH WOW!!! This is a very special treat,I'm so glad you got to witness it and take pictures.

Remington said...

Very cool! I have never seen one of those in Zone 3!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Talk about being in the right place at the right time... That was AWESOME, Sandra... I hope you go back after the babies are born so that we can see the little ones..

Flamingos are just gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing such a gift...
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

What a wonderful Mother's Day experience. I can understand why you use the word 'amazing' so many times -- it is!

Madeline (Mrs. Snapper II said...

That was a once in a life time experience I think. I know it made your Mother's Day happy! Great shots!! Pat has always wanted to put fake pink flamingos in our front yard. I think he is teasing me, I hope anyway! I agree with srp that they look fake and cheesy. One day I may relent and let him put them out there. Who knows???

Regina said...

First of all, your header is beautiful!! I'm happy you could visit this place and share the photos. I think the feet are too cool and of course the other captures..what an intensely gorgeous color huh?! The nest and egge (lol) a Mother's Day treat indeed!

Regina said...

I really know how to spell egg
(eyes rolling)

S. Etole said...

You were definitely in the right place at the right time ...

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I have not seen Flamingos this close before. Thanks for letting me see a close-up of them. Yes a Mothers Day surprise it was

Ginny said...

Wow!!!! I am bowled over by the header and the whole post!! You have outdone yourself!! So they like mud like pigs, who would have ever thought something so pretty pink would like mud. But they look so pink and clean, I wonder how they don't get covered in it? And she laid the eggs while you watched!!!! Could you see how many, I guess she never got up then. How far away is this place? Wouldn't you love to come back and see the babies on their little high stilt legs??? I went to Judy's blog. I lived in Maryland, too. She is the same one who started a blog quite a while ago! I remember her, I am still signed on as a follower. She didn't post for a month or so and I thought she didn't like blogging and had given up! So I quit checking. I left her a comment, I'm glad to see she didn't give up blogging.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

how interesting!!
looks like you two had a great time.

those photos are really awesome!
my favourites are the three ones from the top.

what beautiful bird!

betty xx

Ann said...

WOW, that sounds like an awesome way to spend mother's day. Your shots are amazing and what a show you got to see

The Retired One said...

I so love flamingos..they are so gorgeous. You had an amazing experience for sure!

Mama-Bug said...

What a great way to spend Mother's Day! Beautiful photos.

Lynne said...

Great shots! Loving your header :))

Carole said...

Absolutely beautiful. I would have been so excited also. What a treat for both of you.

SquirrelQueen said...

Now that was a great Mother's Day surprise, to see the nest being built and a egg laid. That is just too cool. I have seen an Ostrich lay and egg but this sounds much more exciting with all the quacking and such.

Those feet are so small looking, makes me wonder how they hold up that big bird.

Stacey Dawn said...

How amazing to see that!!!
Wow!!!!

KleinsteMotte said...

I had trouble posting comments but see I'm back on line. I just love that you were there to witness the moment :) And you take such amazing photos!!