Pittsburgh Penquin

We have missed going to the National Aviary and looking forward to being able to go back soon. I was looking through old images and found this one that I have never shared. I like the droplet at the age of the penguin’s nose.

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Looking Forward to The National Aviary

Now that I am fully vaccinated I am looking forward to visiting my favorite places. Near the top of that list is The National Aviary. We are very fortunate in Pittsburgh to house the largest Aviary in The United States. We are members and usually visit 4 to 5 times a year. We have not been there in over a year due to COVID19

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An Aviary Moment

Feathered Friends

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Thinking About The National Aviary

Since returning to Pittsburgh we have been members of the National Aviary. It’s the largest Aviary in The United States and we are fortunate to have it in Pittsburgh. We go there often enough that I have my favorite birds and during this horrible pandemic I frequently wonder how they are doing. I can’t wait until we can venture out and visit again.

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An Aviary Moment

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Moment of Hope #13

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

I find watching birds in flight to be inspirational and uplifting to the soul. I find few birds as enjoyable to watch in flight as Pelicans. These were photographed in Florida and Mexico and processed in Pittsburgh PA

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Friend or Foe

Skippy

Pelicans at Ding Darling

Another Brown Pelican

Bird in Hand

Every day at 11:30 The National Aviary has an Eagle Talk. This bird was a rescued bald eagle that fell out of its nest as a baby and has been nursed to a healthy adult at the aviary. There is another docent with a bucket of food to keep the eagle from not flying or attacking the handler. They are birds of prey after all.

The National Aviary is the largest bird zoo in America and a true Pittsburgh treasure. If you plan your visit properly you can see the Eagle Talk and Penguin Feeding.

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Bird in Hand

Before Photoshop #4—Peggy’s Cove NS 1980

One of the last composites I ever made in the darkroom. This is actually a triple burn. I used part of an image I took in Peggy’s Cove. There were so many birds around yet I didn’t capture any in the frames I shot. The sea gull was from an image captured in Lake worth Florida and the other birds were from a picture taken in the Bay of Fundy on Rugby Neck NS.

The image was created in my darkroom in State College PA.

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Peggy’s Cove NS

A Brace of Pigeons at The National Aviary

The National Aviary always has surprise for me. Every time we go we try to spend time talking to the docents and staff who are full of interesting information.

Pigeons to me are the squat grey birds you see eating trash in ever city in The United Sates. Yet the aviary has many varieties of pigeons. Last week I posted an image of a nesting blue pigeon. This pair is maybe not quite as stunning but beautiful birds in their own right.

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A Brace of Pigeons

Polly Has a Friend at The National Aviary

Every time I go to the The National Aviary I take pictures of the large blue parrot who I affectionately call Polly. She has always been a solo act and too beautiful not to photograph. However this time she had a friend.

There are more birds in the private part of the Aviary than there are on display. I found that out this visit, unfortunately you can’t visit the other habitats. This explains though why you might see different birds each time you visit. Rotating them helps keep the animals from stressing out.

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Polly has a Friend

Stunning Pigeon at The National Aviary

The National Aviary is the largest bird zoo in America and a true Pittsburgh treasure. Fun to visit in the winter when it is cold outside and you can stroll through tropical wetlands.

Believe it or not, this beauty is actually a pigeon. Not your average street eagle for sure and caught here sitting on her nest in newly remodeled The Tropical Rainforest habitat at the aviry.

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Eagle Talk at The National Aviary

Every day at 11:30 The National Aviary has an Eagle Talk. Today’s bird was a rescued bald eagle that fell out of its nest as a baby and has been nursed to a healthy adult at the aviary.

The National Aviary is the largest bird zoo in America and a true Pittsburgh treasure. Fun to visit in the winter when it is cold outside and you can stroll through tropical wetlands.

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Bald Eagle