We spent the day in Geneva yesterday and had lunch on the little island, Ile Rousseau, in the middle of the Rhone River just where it exits from Lake Geneva. There is a snack and wine bar located there where we bought excellent paninis and decadently delicious patisseries that we ate while sitting outside in the sunshine. 😊 The island is also where the local wildlife — swans, geese, ducks and gulls — hang out and I thoroughly enjoyed adding to my collection of bird images, especially the swans. I’ll feature them in a future post.
Naturally, whenever outdoor eating is involved there will be house sparrows, and the island was no exception. I took enormous pleasure in watching the young sparrows getting a lesson in bathing in the water on the downstream edge of the island, where they were somewhat protected from the ferociously strong current as the waters of the lake are funnelled into the relatively narrow banks of the river.
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After the bath…Poor bedraggled little things weren’t very good at drying themselves off, some of them didn’t even have a full complement of feathers — and the water was COLD! It was very entertaining watching the adult sparrows showing the babies how it was done and then watching the babies’ cautious first efforts. 😊