We are a competitive lot in the Blue Mountains of NSW. At a Blackheath outdoor pool, this little silvereye was training for the 20cm breaststroke event, and struggling a bit.

Silvereye swimming breaststroke

Oh the relief to get to the end! And an encouraging word from the coach always helps..

Silvereyes after a dip
WELL DONE YOUNG FELLOW

But dedication brings its rewards. The first heat took place a week later and look at that….. he was ahead of the bunch at the 10cm mark. Won it in style I believe.

Semis went well and then it was on to the ultimate challenge……the GRAND FINAL.

BLUE WITH THE COLD, BUT A TRUE CHAMPION

Meanwhile Miss Blue Wren was spotted working so hard prior to the regional swimming carnival. I feel a bit sorry for her to be honest, such early starts, and her coach is a terribly hard taskmaster! ‘On your mark!

Blue Wrens swimming training
Ready, set…..GO!
Blue Wrens, swimming coach and pupil.
Keep it up, keep it up.

Now for your weaker backstroke lap.

Blue wren swimming backstroke
Style needs improvement.

Oh dear, a lot of water displacement going on there!

A BIG FAIL….

I don’t wish to be unkind, but some birds should just, well…..forget about swimming, Repeated faceplants are simply bad for the self-esteem. This rose robin almost ended up with concussion.

OH NO…..SPLAT!

Never mind, there’s always the bathing beauty competition! So pretty, and full marks for this final bow.

OH YES DARLING….YOU LOOK GORGEOUS IN THAT COSTUME.

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3 Comments
  1. Oh what a feel good short story. Thank you!

  2. Hilarious! Hopefully no birds were harmed in the making of this post.

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