Bird of Many Colors

We seem to visit the National Aviary a few times a year. You get to know the cast of characters. The Penguins even have name tags! This is one little bird I had never seen before. You can find him in The Grassland exhibit.

The docent told us what kind of bird it was but I cant remember. It is one of the most colorful birds I have ever seen. The variety of colors make its special.

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The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Eagle Eye

For Valentines Day, my wife and I decided to visit our avian friends at The National Aviary. We love visiting every few weeks to see the progress of the babies and as members it costs us nothing to drop in. We got to see the baby penguins for the first time and they were very cute.

I thought the eagles in the aviary were bald eagles but they are actually Stellers Sea Eagles. Bigger than bald eagles but with the same colorations. They have a wingspan of up to 8.2 ft and are found primarily in Australia.

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Ragle Eye

Eagle Eye

Red Shouldered Hawk

I photographed this guy in the morning in Brandon Florida.I waited and waited for him to fly. I went back into an area that was a blind but he didn’t move. I was of no concern to him and then it occurred to me that he wasn’t moving. He was sleeping. I went inside and later on when I went out for a walk he was gone.

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Sleeping Hawk

Sleeping Hawk

Strange Birdfellows

Recently I posted an image of a Flamingo Squabble at the Highland Park Zoo in Pittsburgh. All the flamingos, maybe a dozen in all, were engaged with one another but off to the side was one flamingo all by himself. There were also a few blue herons together but one was also estranged and hung out near the solitary flamingo. Were these two pals ostracized from society for some unknown avian crime? Guess I will never know.

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Strange Birdfellow

Strange Birdfellow

Welcome Back!

Every summer we have special visitors as the hummingbirds fly up from the south to visit. They seem to love red flowers the best so we plant flowers specifically to attract them. They visit each day, but getting them to pose for a picture is quite difficult. You can buy a print of this one at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Summer Hummingbirds

Every summer we have special visitors as the hummingbirds fly up from the south to visit. They seem to love red flowers the best so we plant flowers specifically to attract them. They visit each day, put getting them to pose for a picture is quite difficult. You can buy a print of this one at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Summer Hummingbirds