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

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

Roseate Spoonbill at The National Aviary

Each time we visit the National Aviary we find something new. Last visit The spoonbills were hiding in their nest and the brown pelicans were flying around. This trip was a flip flop. The pelicans were hiding and the Roseate Spoonbills were flying around and squawking. The spoonbill is a beautiful but odd looking bird.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

The Tropical Rain Forest at The National Aviary

Last week we visited the National Aviary and saw the remodel of the Tropical Rain Forest Exhibit. I first time i visited the Aviary was in the 1970’s but since returning to Pittsburgh we have become members and attend frequently. I have never seen the waterfall working in the Tropical Rainforest and the change in the exhibit was astounding. It now sounded and looked like a tropical jungle!

They also replaced all the 1952 plate glass with special LEED certified glass and the difference in light is transformative. The staff and birds seem to like it as much as the visitors. Well done Pittsburgh!

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The Tropical Rain Forrest

The Tropical Rain Forrest

Flamingo at The National Aviary

Its a good time to visit The National Aviary. Although I was just there a couple of weeks ago I plan to return next week. They will reopen their remodeled Tropical Room and for the first time in decades the waterfall will be operational again.

Thanks to visitors and members they have also replaced all the glass in the room with new environmentally friendly glass.

In the wetlands room this flamingo and roseate spoonbill are friendly neighbors.

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Flamingo and Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill at The National Aviary

In 2014 while visiting the Ding Darling Preserve in Florida I photographed a flock of spoonbills which you can see here,

In our winter visit to the National Aviary I was pleased to see the pair of spoonbills were nesting. I couldn’t get a clear shot then but on our visit last week they were quite active and I managed to get a closeup image.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Happy Independence Day at the National Aviary

I love my country and Independence Day. I don’t really like fireworks though. I worry to much about our veterans with PTSD and the dogs hiding under the bed. I like cookouts and barbecue and am not going to let the current political climate detract from celebrating our independence from Great Britain.

So what better way to celebrate than by visiting our national symbol at The National Aviary. Pittsburgh should be proud of having the largest aviary in the United States and it is currently having the tropical room refurbished but still worth visiting if only to see this nesting pair.

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Our National Symbol