sun 21 feb 2010 06:25:54 witte de withstraat
helped feed swans, ducks, meerhoenen, gulls and geese
when i got to micheline's place friday evening, she was crouching by the canal tossing bread to a riot of waterfowl. she had two loaves of cheap bread, and said she does this every day. i helped her throw some of the bread. while she was busy with that, a longlegged bird called a reiger (heron) came up a safe distance behind her and just stood on the street waiting. but reigers aren't interested in bread. so when she was done with the other birds, she went to get a tin of catfood and brought it down to feed the reiger. she said it knows her and comes to be fed every time.