To-do at the Zoo
The class I’m taking the semester took a field trip to the zoo last week. It was really to check out the African mammals and take in a lecture about elephants in Cameroon, but after the learning was all over I busted over to the aviary to check out the cool international birds. Now normally I don’t particularly like birds in cages, it makes me sad, but that doesn’t mean I’ll miss the opportunity to gawk a little bit at some species I’ll probably never see in the wild, and also, to practice my photography on birds that don’t take off to kingdom come when I pull the camera out.
The following are some interesting species in the aviary at the North Carolina zoo. I hope you enjoy them too…
Scarlet Ibis, from the Neotropics.
Grey-headed Kingfisher, a sharp looking African bird.
The Crested Wood-Partridge, also known as a Roul-roul. From Asia.
The lovely Fairy Bluebird, also of Asia.
The Amethyst Starling, of Africa.
A female Eclectus Parrot, from New Guinea and Australia. The male is bright green.
A Blue-gray Tanager, the one bird in the Aviary I’ve seen in the field, on a trip to Costa Rica last year.
And finally, the stunning Golden-crowned Myna of Asia.
Some real birds not in cages tomorrow.