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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 Trip to the Museum (Part 3) (Crystals!)

Yep, I’m late.  Had to pack Saver of Bugs off to her new digs way out in Philly.  *Sniffle*  Hopefully, she’ll find time to get a post up with a few pics of her new home.  (HINT-HINT-HINT!!!)

I luuuvvvve crystals/minerals/rocks etc.  It was too bad that it was the last stop before leaving.  We had to rush* through that section so a lot of the pictures were too blurry to keep and some don’t have what they are on them.  Hope you enjoy the sampling!

*For those of you who don’t know, our dog Jake has bladder cancer.  He can only hold his pee for about 5 hours.  We brought him up to my BFF’s house.  She lives about 30 minutes from the museum.  But there still wasn’t enough time to see everything!  I could have spent the entire day there.

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And, of course, since it was my birthday… I had to have birthday presents!

Stilbite

Stilbite

Wavellite

Wavellite

Kyanite

Kyanite

Thanks for coming along!  Hope you enjoyed the trip to the museum!

My Birthday Trip to the Museum (Part 2)

The Hall from an older part of the museum.  What beautiful architecture!  I couldn't even begin to guess how much it would cost to replace this.

The Hall from an older part of the museum. What beautiful architecture! I couldn’t even begin to guess how much it would cost to replace this.

I love Egyptian artifacts.  These tablets are several -thousand - years old!

I love Egyptian artifacts. These tablets are several – thousand – years old!

Papyrus.  It is unbelievably amazing that this has survived all these years.

Papyrus. It is unbelievably amazing that this has survived all these years.

Yeah, it's blurry.  Shaky hands again and this was the only picture of this mummy I took.  Inside is a child.  I wish the x-rays had turned out so you could see inside, too.

Yeah, it’s blurry. Shaky hands again and this was the only picture of this mummy I took. Inside is a child. I wish the x-rays had turned out so you could see inside, too.

The small statues on the left are from around 332 BC.  The taller one on the right is from around 1070 BC.

The small statues on the left are from around 332 BC. The taller one on the right is from around 1070 BC.

Amazing.  These jars, left to right, are from 3050 BC, 2700 BC, and 1479 BC.

Amazing. These jars, left to right, are from 3050 BC, 2700 BC, and 1479 BC.

This jar rest is over 3,000 years old!

This jar rest is over 3,000 years old!

A recreated burial scene.

A recreated burial scene.

More old architecture!

More old architecture!

Elephant skull. Wow.

Elephant skull. Wow.

I love how they put all this seashore stuff together.

I love how they put all this seashore stuff together.

These clocks are from the 1600's.

These clocks are from the 1600’s.

Look at those feathers!

Look at those feathers!

Sperm whale jawbone.

Sperm whale jawbone.

One of things I liked when touring the critter section of the museum, was how they set up scenes from the different countries.  For example, the African savanna would have not only the animals, but the plants and BUGS, as well.  Saver noticed this when she found ‘maps’ of what was in the exhibit.  And if you had the time and patience to look, you could find things like beetles hiding in the grass.

I happened to look up over my head while wandering through the exhibits and found this leopard watching me from up in the tree!

I happened to look up over my head while wandering through the exhibits and found this leopard watching me from up in the tree!

My favorite of the posed exhibits is "Arab Courier Attacked By Lions".  It was first shown clear back in 1867 in France.  The Barbary Lions shown here became extinct in the wild shortly after this exhibit first opened. The last one alive in captivity died in 1922.

My favorite of the posed exhibits is “Arab Courier Attacked By Lions”. It was first shown clear back in 1867 in France. The Barbary Lions shown here became extinct in the wild shortly after this exhibit first opened. The last one alive in captivity died in 1922.

Hope you enjoyed the quicky tour.  Next up will be crystals!

 

My Birthday Trip to the Museum (Part 1)

The Zoo is one of my favorite ways to spend my birthday.  However,  since my BFF just had a hysterectomy not too long ago, traipsing through the zoo, up and down hills in 80+ degrees just didn’t seem like a nice thing to do to her.  In looking around to find something else that would be open on Memorial Day (the only day everyone would be off and the only weekend both kids would be home at the same time), I remembered The Museum of Natural History.  I had never been there without a pack of screaming kids.  Dinosaurs! Crystals! And no child rustling!

I got crazy with the camera. 147 pictures!  I whittled them down to 78 I’m going to keep.  No, I won’t make you view all of them.  But I am breaking them up into 3 groups, dinosaurs/fossils, misc., and minerals/crystals.  I didn’t write any names down, I was having too much fun.  One day was not enough to see everything.  *sigh*  Enjoy the pics!

Dinosaurs/Fossils

 Paleontology fascinates me.  To think that these specimens have lasted for millions of years!  How awesome is that?

I wouldn't want this chasing me around!

I wouldn’t want this chasing me around!

 

Look how big that mouth is!

Look how big that mouth is!  And all those teeth!

Could you imagine carrying that rack around on your head?

Could you imagine carrying that rack around on your head?

Millions of years  old.  Just amazing!

Millions of years old. Just amazing!

This lily is huge! And the detail is just amazing!

This lily is huge! And the detail is just amazing!

Dragonfly lineage dates back 300 million years.

Dragonfly lineage dates back 300 million years.

Wouldn't want to go swimming with this!

Wouldn’t want to go swimming with this!

This turtle is bigger than I am!

This turtle is bigger than I am!

Stegosaurus!

Stegosaurus!

I like the posing of this exhibit.

I like the posing of this exhibit.

Big front teeth!

Big front teeth!

Variety is the spice of life!

Variety is the spice of life!

 

T-Rex!

T-Rex!

Triceratops!

Triceratops!

View from above.  These guys were huge!

View from above. These guys were huge!

Hope you enjoyed the visit!

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!

Happy Birthday, Saver of Bugs!

I really have been blogging for a whole year!  It’s my darling daughter’s birthday again!  Wow!

You can view last year’s post here and see what an awesome smile she has! https://crittersandchaos.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/once-upon-a-time-i-was-immortal-or-happy-birthday-to-saver-of-bugs/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAUGHTER!

This year I’m sending you pictures of fuzzies and fish from home.

Your new oto is getting along fine with the old guy.  They've adopted this plant as their hangout.

Your new oto is getting along fine with the old guy. They’ve adopted this plant as their hangout.

Blurry, blurry.  But these guys just won't sit still.  There is your first new guy.  He wants to be friends but the old guy doesn't know what to do with him.  :)

Blurry, blurry. But these guys just won’t sit still. There is your first new guy. He wants to be friends but the old guy doesn’t know what to do with him. 🙂

And your other new guy.  He is actually much smaller than he looks here.  He was just closer to the glass.  He is a little bigger than the Cardinal baby.  It's the same one you looked at when you were here.  He survived that whole week in with the big guys, so I got him even though he was a bit skinny.  He's very bold and roams the tank and goes right to the surface to eat.

And your other new guy. He is actually much smaller than he looks here. He was just closer to the glass. He is a little bigger than the Cardinal baby. It’s the same one you looked at when you were here. He survived that whole week in with the big guys, so I got him even though he was a bit skinny. He’s very bold and roams the tank and goes right to the surface to eat.

This is MY couch!

This is MY couch!  A picture that is almost a year old.  And nothing has changed!

Back scratch!

Back scratch!

I'm helping mom.

I’m helping mom.

Mom says I need exercise but chasing the rat is hard work!

Mom says I need exercise but chasing the rat is hard work!

I'm busy here!

Whaaaaat!?

I haz beeeg feets!

I haz beeeg feets!

Remember this?

Remember this?

I miss you!  Happy Birthday!

I miss you! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday from all your humans, too! 

Hugs n smooches, sweetie!