|The Donald Trump bird. |
See the hairstyle? And the flamboyance?
This year, we decided to do something different: The National Aviary (I'll bet you didn't know the National Aviary is in Pittsburgh!). Lots of other people had the same idea, and we had to park very far away. This was not a total loss, as the long walk made me feel entitled to another piece of pie when we returned home.
I'm not deeply interested in birds, but I really like going to the Aviary. It is not huge (compared to, say, the Zoo), and can be fully visited in part of an afternoon. The Aviary works hard to give a conservationist message to the public, without being obnoxious about it. Spending time around birds makes me feel glad I have limbs.
I viewed our visit to the Aviary as a photo assignment. This was challenging to me for various reasons, mostly that I don't know what I am doing as a photographer. (That video photography tutorial I downloaded remains unwatched, due to excessive actual events taking place.) Visual obstructions included fences, tree limbs, dirty glass, humans, and other birds. Most birds do not sit still for a photo portrait.
Without further ado, here are the 35 photos of birds and a few mammals which I feel are passable photos, out of the 200 photos I took. Don't the birds look really prehistoric? Please click to enlarge and see the photos up close and personal-like.
|Another bald eagle|
|White-crested laughing thrushes|
|White-crested laughing thrush|
|Scarlet Macaw, smiling|
|This looks like some kind of macaw. But really,|
to me it looks Very Like A Dinosaur
|Victoria Crowned Pigeon.|
Imagine combing that hairstyle in the morning.
|A shiny blue bird whose name I couldn't find.|
|Rainbow Lorikeets grooming.|
If the photo had turned out better, it would have been
great for Valentine's Day.
|As near as I can tell, this is a Southern Bald Ibis, except its|
beak is the wrong shape.
|Close up of the potential Southern Bald Ibis. To me it looks|
like a Grandpa Bird. So that's what I'm going to call it.
|Eastern Screech Owl. |
I think this was my favorite. Those tufty things are not ears.
|Keel-billed toucan. |
Did not ask us for any Fruit Loops.
|I could not determine from the Aviary photos what the|
name of this bird is.
|The bird with the ridiculously long tail is the Paradise Whydah.|
We called it "Miss Lolla Lee Lou." It was an obnoxious bird,
flying all around, dive-bombing humans and birds alike.
|Well-behaved shaft-tailed finches|
|Shaft-tailed finches again|
|The one in the middle is called a Red Bishop.|
|Talk about your gorgeous colorings.|
|A flying fox, a type of fruit bat|
|These bats did not even bother to sit upright for their meal.|
|Penguins waiting for their dinner.|