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Aviary 2016 (Part Three of Three)

My final pictures are of Bateleur Eagles.  Having a ‘near threatened’ status, this African eagle prefers open woodlands and tree savannas. They are a medium-sized eagle with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet.  While viewing them, I watched them perform some type of ritual that was interesting and beautiful. While most of the pictures are of the eagle closest to me, both were involved.

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These actions were repeated several times. Such beautiful birds!

And, of course, to end one’s trip to the Aviary, one must purchase souvenirs.

This is a postcard of the painting by Johno Prascak. It is one of my favorites.  I can't afford a wall sized version so this postcard will do.  I'm even going to frame it. :D

This is a postcard of the painting by Johno Prascak. It is one of my favorites. I can’t afford a wall sized version so this postcard will do. I’m even going to frame it. 😀

Ooooo, I've found a new artist to love.  Dean Crouser. This mug is just gorgeous.  And it's a good solid mug. And you should see his prints!  Guess what's going on my Christmas list!

Ooooo, I’ve found a new artist to love. Dean Crouser. This mug is just gorgeous. And it’s a good solid mug. And you should see his prints! Go here to view his art. Guess what’s going on my Christmas list!

That’s it!  Hope you enjoyed the pics!

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Aviary 2016 (Part Two of Three)

Here are some more of the 72 pictures I took at the aviary.  😀

Northern Bobwhite Quail

Northern Bobwhite Quail.  Once a numerous bird in the eastern United States, its population is in sharp decline mostly due to habitat loss. This small quail, not hugely bigger than a soft ball, has a distinctive call that literally sounds like ‘bob-white’. And this call is SO loud it makes you think they are twice their actual size.  It is sad to say that I have only heard this call in the wild only once in the past twenty years.

Red Bishop Weaver

Could this be a young Red Bishop Weaver just coming into color?  I just had to take her picture as she sat there all sleepy and rumpled.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. A bird of south-central U.S. and across to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri.  These birds love open scrubby country and sometimes catch bugs by launching off a perch to catch them in mid-air. I was very fortunate to get a picture of these little guys as they were very busy flying around.

Black-naped Monarch

I have no idea what the black and blue bird is, but he was very aware of me and the camera, staring straight at me and slightly poofing his chest.

Wattled Curassow

Wattled Curassow.  Endangered. They are native to the rainforests of South America. In addition to habitat loss, they are hunted for meat much like we hunt for turkeys.  This particular bird was enjoying himself standing on the railing next to the door startling visitors as they came through.  😀

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican. Yep, another of my favorites.  I wish I could find a decent small china figurine.  These birds dive headfirst into the ocean to catch fish, the pouch on the underside of their bill expanding to hold 2-3 gallons of water to help trap the fish.  Did you know they incubate their eggs with their feet? o_o

Hooded Vultures

I went to a free flight show!  One of the free flying birds were these adorable Hooded Vultures.  These birds are common across sub-Saharan Africa.  They live in a wide variety of habitats including villages!  They are carnivores and scavengers.  Unlike a lot of vultures who feed only on carcasses, these guys can be found feeding in refuse dumps and along shore lines.  Unfortunately, like most vultures, they do poop on their own legs to help cool themselves off.  Eww! (But they are so cute!)

Lanner Falcon

Another of the free flight birds, the Lanner Falcon.  A beautiful raptor found mainly in Africa with small populations in Europe and Asia, these birds have been used in falconry for over 1000 years.  Unlike the North American Peregrine who is known for their stunning high-speed dives, the Lanner Falcon hunts horizontally reaching speeds up to 90 mph from wing flaps alone.  Do you see the antennae attached to the bird’s leg?  There are actually two, one to gauge speed and one for GPS in case the bird decides to wander off.

Lanner Falcon

There he is high in the sky.

Lanner Falcon

A lucky shot of the Lanner Falcon having a go at the lure.

Lanner Falcon

Mantling (protecting) his ‘kill’.

Lanner Falcon

A wonderful shot of the Lanner Falcon as he gets ready to eat his treat.

I love watching the birds working with their trainers.

Next up will be the Bateleur Eagles and, of course, souvenirs!

Aviary 2016 (Part One of Three)

Saver went to meet a friend in the Big City in the weeks before she left.  I was to play chauffeur into the City and decided to treat myself to a side trip to the Aviary.  I do love birds.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon from northern New Guinea. These are the largest pigeon in the world and are nearly the size of a turkey.  These guys live in lowland swamp forests eating fruit, seeds and insects.  I liked this weird shot ’cause it shows off the crown and the soft shading of the feathers.

Pied Imperial Pigeon

Pied Imperial Pigeon (the light-colored birds with black wing tips).  From Myanmar and Thailand, south to Java and east to the Philippines.  They eat fruit and live along the coastal islands and scrub.

White-crested Laughing Thrush

White-crested Laughing Thrush.  This is a noisy social bird the can occasionally sound like they’re laughing.  They are native to the Himalayan forest of teak and bamboo. I have no clue why he was waving a foot at me! 🙂

Malayan Great Argus

Malayan Great Argus.  A repeat, I know, but this shot gives a better idea of just how large these birds are.  They have the longest tail feathers of any wild bird. From Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula, they are omnivorous.

Palm Cockatoo

Palm Cockatoo. From New Guinea, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia.  Eats nuts and seeds.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl.  How can I not show a picture of this cutie on every Aviary post? Native to the Americas, these little guys live in open grassland, prairie, and desert habitats.  A long-legged tiny owl that eats small rodents, large insects, and other invertebrates. Unlike most owls, these guys are actually active during the daylight hours, but hunt mostly at night.

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I have no idea what this bird is. I couldn’t find a tag or anything on the website. So if you know what this bird is, PLEASE speak up!

Roadrunner

Roadrunner.  A long-legged bird in the cuckoo family, this bird lives in desert and shrubby country of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. These birds are known for running down their prey and have been clocked going as fast as 20 mph (32km/h).  They are carnivorous and eat pretty much anything smaller than they are.

Double-barred Finch

Double-barred Finch.  Poor thing.  This guy is from Australia and lives in grasslands, savannah, and shrubbed habitat.  Grass is a natural material used for nesting and this poor little guy just kept working and working this piece of grass, unable to pull it free because it is still half green and well attached.  I was seriously tempted to reach in and tear it off for him.

Double-barred Finch

The Double-barred Finch is also known as the owl finch because of the dark rings around their eyes. You can see where he’s been grooming his feathers.  The nest basket in the corner is  where the grass was supposed to go, the spouse fussing inside.

Hope you’re enjoying the birdies.  Part two coming soon.

Birthday at the Aviary 2015 – Part 2

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 – A threatened eagle from Africa.

Bateleur Eagle - The view from behind.  Stunning.

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 here in jungle movies? That's usually this little guy's call they're using.  And he doesn't live anywhere near a jungle!

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 Hornbills tail.  Yep, he rubs his casque and bill under his tail!

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.

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.

A wide view of part of the wetlands area.

They had some very interesting nests in 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 it's territory even from hippos!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Birthday at the Aviary 2015 – Part 1

I decided to do the Aviary for my birthday. It was a bitter-sweet day with me wondering whether or not my brother was going to make it to his next birthday.

My son and I took nearly two hundred pictures between the two of us. 😀  I whittled it down to 83.  No, I’m not sticking you with that many pics! But I am splitting it into two posts.  Enjoy!

Stellar's Sea Eagle

Stellar’s Sea Eagle – This large bird lives along the coast of Russia and the Bering Sea.  Like the Bald Eagle, the Stellar’s Sea Eagle eats fish.

African Penguins - That's my boy in the back of the picture.  "Hi, Spider Bait!"

African Penguins – That’s my boy in the back of the picture. “Hi, Spider Bait!”

I have no idea what kind of this bird is!

I have no idea what kind of bird this is!  But it is a very strong swimmer!

Brown Pelican - One of only two pelican species that dives into the water to catch their fish.  This guy was injured and is unable to be released back into the wild.

Brown Pelican – One of only two pelican species that dives into the water to catch their fish. This guy was injured and unable to be released back into the wild.

Boat-billed Heron - It's bill looks like the bottom of a boat!  Big eyes help this bird hunt at dusk and early night.

Boat-billed Heron – It’s bill looks like the bottom of a boat! Big eyes help this bird hunt at dusk and early night.

Malayan Great Argus - These large birds are omniverous  and the male's tail feathers are the longest of the wild birds.

Malayan Great Argus – These large birds are omnivorous and the male’s tail feathers are the longest of the wild birds.

Blue-faced Honeyeater - This bird is from Australia and is known for eating bananas!

Blue-faced Honeyeater – This bird is from Australia and is known for eating bananas!

Blue-bellied Roller - Rollers are named for their acrobatic flight while snatching flying insects out of the air.

Blue-bellied Roller – Rollers are known for their acrobatic flight while snatching flying insects out of the air. Those are tiny mealworms the people are holding!

Part of the hospital area.  The other side had incubators and climate controlled cubes.

Part of the hospital area. The other side had incubators and climate controlled cubes.

These are Burrowing Owl owlets that need some personal TLC.

These are Burrowing Owl owlets that need some personal TLC.

Spider Bait insisted that I show you the food preparation area with its drawer full of knives that is situated right next to the hospital room!

Spider Bait insisted that I show you the food preparation area with its pan full of knives that is situated right next door to the hospital room!

Isn't this gorgeous?! It's a painting by Johno Prascak.

Isn’t this gorgeous?! It’s a painting by Johno Prascak.

The purple and yellow birds are Gouldian Finches and the two brownish birds are Cutthroat Finches.  I don't know what the birds in the back are.

The purple and yellow birds are Gouldian Finches (from Australia) and the two brownish birds are Cutthroat Finches (from Africa). I don’t know what the birds in the back are.

I'm going to leave you with these two cuddlers. I have no idea what they are but they were so sweet sitting close to us and grooming and snuggling.

I’m going to leave you with these two cuddlers. I have no idea what they are but they were so sweet sitting close to us and grooming and snuggling.

Part two is in the works!

My Birthday at the Aviary

Yeah, I’m way late.  Life exploded around here.

I had wanted to do the Zoo again, but with this crazy weather it would have meant running around in serious cold and rain.  I don’t think so.  So I wound up chosing the Aviary when I realized how many years it had been since I was last there.  And I desperately needed a day off.

I went ahead and paid extra for a show and got lucky to be chosen as a participant.  It was a pirate themed show and I got to hold up a piece of a treasure map for a bird to come and take from my hand.  Yay!  Sorry, no pictures.  Photography was not allowed.  I do, however, have pictures from the rest of the day.  So here are a few of my favorites:

Keel-billed Toucan.  So bright and cheery!

Keel-billed Toucan. So bright and cheery!

Stellar's Sea Eagle Huge!

Stellar’s Sea Eagle
Huge!

Bald Eagles Luuve their expressions!

Bald Eagles
Luuve their expressions!

African Penguin Who are you lookin' at?

African Penguin
Who are you lookin’ at?

Egg art.

Egg art.

Cape Thick-knee I could literally have reached out and touched this one.

Cape Thick-knee
I could literally have reached out and touched this one.

Malayan Great Argus Not a good picture of this bird.  I had to lighten it so you could see it.  This bird is huge.  Bigger than a Peacock.

Malayan Great Argus
Not a good picture of this bird. I had to lighten it so you could see it. This bird is huge. Bigger than a Peacock.

Me feeding the Lorikeets.

Me feeding the Lorikeets.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon Another close encounter.  This 'pigeon' is about the size of a duck.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Another close encounter. This ‘pigeon’ is about the size of a duck.

Brown Pelican.  Most of the Aviary is now open rooms where you are in with the birds.

Brown Pelican.  Most of the Aviary is now open rooms where you are in with the birds.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Paradise Whydah These guys are really strange to watch fly.

Paradise Whydah
These guys are really strange to watch fly.

Gouldian Finch These guys let me get really close!

Gouldian Finch
These guys let me get really close!

Sudan Golden Sparrows

Sudan Golden Sparrows

Crested Wood Partridge Very small.  A softball and a half?

Crested Wood Partridge
Very small. A softball and a half?

Burrowing Owl A very small ground owl.  He was in his own cage behind glass but he very sweetly poked his head up for me to get a picture.

Burrowing Owl
A very small ground owl. He was in his own cage behind glass but he very sweetly poked his head up for me to get a picture.

My son's contribution.  He insisted I take a picture of this t-shirt in the gift shop.

My son’s contribution. He insisted I take a picture of this t-shirt in the gift shop.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!