Posts Tagged birds


The sanctuary has an aviary that guests can walk through to view and interact with the song birds.  The Blue Jays and Orioles will sometimes eat from a visitor’s hand, decide to inspect your bag or even land on your head…which is what happened to DH with a Blue Jay.  Cheeky bird!


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Varmints were circling overhead

If you recall my what I did on Mother’s Day post here you will remember that while shooting (will show you what tomorrow) that I had unwelcome and slightly unnerving company.  While the image here has some artistic qualities in my opinion, I still wasn’t happy with them peering down at me.

I just realized that today is Friday the 13th and here I am posting a photo of vultures.  Interesting…..


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Wordless Wednesday – Talk Birdy to Me

F 4.5 – 1/100 – 100mm L – ISO 800 – Canon 5D Mark III

(click image to view larger)


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Birds of the world

You all have been great and I thank you so much; I’m just about finished but I still need a bit more help from you!   The project is to get as many of you to respond to this post in its comments section with these things:

Your name (first name only or just your initials) – your city/town/province/wherever and country – your native language – and how you say hello.


Teri – Ohio, USA – English – Hello

Please please help me with this project for the grands and lets blow their teachers and classmates minds with how wonderful the world is…and how awesomely cool their grandmother is 🙂

Thank you so much  again


I now return you to the regularly scheduled post 🙂


Some believe zoos are cruel and that no animal should be locked up to be put on display but on the other hand how would some of us be able to see such wonderful animals were it not for them.  True, not all zoos are blue ribbon examples of how animals should be treated but some are very good to them and in some instances are helping to keep some species from worse fates like poachers and extinction.  I do wonder what some animals like the great apes are thinking as we gawk and point at them…

Here are a few bird species that can be seen at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; only one of them I am not able to identify.  If you know please leave a comment 🙂




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One up – One Down

I believe these are finches (please assist in the identification if you can) that were chirping and flying around the Key West Conservatory.  It’s so amazing and beautiful how there can be so many varieties in a species.


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On the road again – Phoenix Desert Critters

Another place that I may find myself returning to this year (maybe – everything travel is so up in the air now it’s frustrating) but whenever I head there I always go to the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  The optimum time to visit is when the desert is in bloom which is from March to May, maybe June.  Things are gorgeous then with all of the desert flowers blooming plus the weather hasn’t gotten dreadfully hot yet.  I’ve seen quail, a roadrunner, bees and butterflies, hummingbirds, cactus wrens, lizards, and jack rabbits.  Next to the Garden is Papago Park with a little lake in it where I have seen ducks and cormorants.

I’d love to get a good shot of the hummingbirds one day but you have to be quick or lucky for those shots…or both.

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On the pond in Papago Park – Phoenix,Az.

There were so many ducks here and two momma ducks with their babies swimming around.  Everyone who came to the area wanted to feed the ducks and the ducks were waiting impatiently for them to get with the feeding!  The ducks would come close enough or sit still long enough for you to feed them something but if you didn’t or took too long with the food, they flapped their tail feathers at you and swam off.  Only the momma ducks didn’t come close at all for the snacks.

Let's see how far we can go without mom.

Let’s see how far we can go without mom.

Not very far...

Not very far…

Oh, you again.

Oh, you again.

Yes, I do have a handsome profile don't I?

Yes, I do have a handsome profile don’t I?

These photos were taken by my loyal (and loveable) sherpa who is now occasionally using my older Canon T2i camera.  I am proud to say he is getting very good with it and the 70-300mm lens 🙂

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