Although it's already spring now, temperature is unstable;even when it is quite warm today,it can turn very cold tomorrow. As we the courtyard staff members work outside the Greenhouse, we pay much attention not to catch cold.
Today, we introduce to you some views of the Courtyard Pond on a cold spring rainy day.
The Pond on a rainy day. The birds look less lively than usual.
Let's have a closer look at the island in the Pond.....
A Purple Swamphen stood under a tree. It looks somewhat bored.
White Ibis and Scarlet Ibis are also taking shelter under the trees.
As I walk along the path around the Pond in search for birds.....
Here's a female Golden Pheasant. Usually it lies on the floor for sunbathing or runs around at this time of the day, but.....
.....today it is asleep with its head thrusted among feathers on its belly, without sitting. Perhaps it's because the floor is very cold today.
What about these vigorous Mallard Ducks? Where are they in the Pond?
.....there they are in somewhat subdued mood.
Just then, a visitor comes and buys some food for the ducks.
At the moment when the food is thrown into the Pond, the ducks turn active and rush for food. How desperate they look!
Birds in and around the Courtyard Pond tend to eat food more on cold days than warm days, probably in order to keep their temperature. Especially, not only Mallard Ducks but also other birds eat much on cold rainy days. When you buy a cup of food and show it to the birds on such a day, they'll come close to you in a mass.
Therefore, if you want to be surrounded by the birds while feeding them, a rainy day may be quite suitable day to visit the Courtyard.
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