Iris Ibis, click for animation18 Iris Ibis  I i   I i

In the meantime, Kalinko had the idea of asking the inhabitants of the birdhouse to give him a hand.
A couple of ibises were looking for insects.
"Just an instant, my friends, if it isn't too inconvenient! I'm here to tell you that the infamous wizard Zettelwitz
is hiding in the willow. I need an intelligent bird who can fly into the tree and use some initiative to steal his wand!"
"I'll help you", Iris the ibis promised. "Can you slip out of sight if you have to?", the king asked.
"Oh, I'm so thin that when I want to be I'm invisible", replied Iris.
"If I fold my wings in and stick my bill up in the air, I look just like a twig!"
"How interesting, I thought only bitterns can do this", replied the king.
"I'm the only ibis who will do it, because Issie Bittern, showed me how."

Now, we know that Zettelwitz wasn't sitting up in the tree any more.
He'd been inching his way toward the birdhouse and listening in.
"Very witty! Well, I can imagine a way to improve on your idiotic ideas! Iris, why don't you do an impression of an I instead?"
"Yikes!" piped Iris and tried to fly away.
But the magician was too quick with his spell:

Busy Lizzie, dizzy Izzy! Ibis must become an I!


Iris Ibis stood stiff and still, changed into an I!
"Eighteen letters in the bag now!"

O K Z A M    B T P L Q
                         G J C E W    V N I

Iris Ibis tried to fly,
But Zettelwitz was just too sly.
That wicked wizard hid nearby,
His index now includes an I.

Iris Ibis

Glossy Ibis by Jill Adams
Glossy Ibis by Jill Adams

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