Polly

One of my favorite birds to check in on at The National Aviary is this blue parrot. I call her Polly not knowing if it is male or female. Truly a beautiful animal and I can envision her sitting on Captain Kidd’s shoulder.

This is the first time I managed to obtain a decent image of her. She is crafty and knows how to hide.

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polly

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The Goldfinch

I have always loved Goldfinches. Tiny little flashes of gold traveling at high speeds. Then a number of years ago I heard the Ted Leo song, Golden Finch and found a new reason to love this little bird.

Last year I read the marvelous novel by Donna Tart and now every time I see a goldfinch I think of the book. This little guy was found at The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

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Gold Finch

The Gold Finch

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

Scenic Views Candidate #5—Pelican at Sunset

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am reviewing images that are scenic or from nature. This is the silhouette of a pelican over the Gulf of Mexico taken at sunset on Sunset Beach Florida.

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Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

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

Miscellaneous Pelicans

If you read this blog regularly you are probably saying, ok enough with the pelicans already! Well as you know I like these birds but I promise that these are the last for a while. I have been going through my images getting ready to clear the decks for our fall trip to Europe. I found these two images and thought they were too good to keep to myself. They were taken during February 2016 in Madeira Beach Florida at John’s Pass.

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Landing

Landing

Night Fishing

We spent last February watching sunsets from a rented condo on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island Florida. We would rarely see pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico, I think due to strong winds. If we would see them it would be in early morning and usually just a solitary pelican. A short walk away on the intercostal waterway and Boca Ciega Bay we would see many of the giant birds fishing all the time. On my last night on the beach I saw this solitary pelican skimming in front of the sunset as if he came to say goodbye.

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Night Fishing

Night Fishing