Yeek, who knew getting two posts up in a week was going to be work? Enjoy all the pretty birdies!
Bateleur Eagle – A threatened eagle from Africa.
Bateleur Eagle – The view from behind. Stunning.
Laughing Kookaburra – This little guy was in a cage in the cafeteria area. The kookaburra is a native of Australia’s eucalyptus forests. You know that koo-koo-koo-koo-ka-ka-ka bird noise you hear in jungle movies? That’s usually this little guy’s call they’re using. And he doesn’t live anywhere near a jungle!
Rhinoceros Hornbill – The large ornamentation on his head is called a casque. It is made of the same material as your fingernails. It gets its color from oil in a gland under the Hornbill’s tail. Yep, he rubs his casque and bill under his tail! (The blurriness is from the mesh wire of the enclosure.)
Malayan Flying Fox – These large bats have a wingspan of nearly 5 feet! They do not echolocate, they use sight and smell to find the fruit and flowers that they feed upon.
A wide view of part of the wetlands area.
They had some very interesting nests in the wetlands area.
White-headed wattled Lapwing – This small bird from Africa wasn’t afraid of anyone. It’s said that in the wild it will defend its territory even from hippos!
American Flamingo – These birds get their color from the microscopic shrimp and algae that they eat. It can take up to 4 years for a baby flamingo to get its pink color!
Hyacinth Macaw – This bird from Central and South America gets 3 feet from beak to tail tip! It is the largest of the flighted parrots.
Southern Bald Ibis – This bird from South Africa is endangered. They like to build their nests on cliffs and they use that long bill to feel around in the soil of shallow waters for food.
The last picture will be of my souvenir. I didn’t want to spend big bucks and when I found these little china critters it brought back memories. My BFF and I grew up in southern California. That meant Disneyland at least once a year and we couldn’t wait to get another little china animal to add to our collection. When I pointed these guys out and told her I still had mine somewhere, she looked surprised and said, “Me, too!” We had a good laugh and I grabbed another little critter for the collection.
Great Blue Heron – I love seeing these guys in flight and fishing along the lake shore. He’ll be a cheerful companion to write with!