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

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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

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

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

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

An Aviary Moment

On November 11th along with former student and professional photographer Dale Schmitt we will open our two man show at the Percolate Gallery in Pittsburgh. The show is called Moments and Souls because Dale is known for his soulful portraits and I have been trying for decades to capture the decisive moment in photographs. If Dale is channeling Yousuf Karsh then I am trying to channel Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pete Davidson and Elliot Erwitt .

The difficult part for both of us is going through our work and choosing the twenty best examples of our work for the exhibition. Maybe after of the show we will publish a book of the winners and the out takes. I took this one at the National Aviary on Monday. It was shot through glass and isn’t good enough to exhibit but it is a moment that might make the book.

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An Aviary Moment

Baby Flamingo Update

We tried to go to see the eclipse at the Science Center today but it was literally a mob scene so instead we went to The National Aviary.

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

On July 18th I published an article on the baby flamingos when they were just 10 days old. They could barely walk. They have grown a lot and even are testing their wings. The blue bands are to strengthen their legs for wading.

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Baby Flamingo Update

Baby Flamingo Update

Baby Flamingo Update