Funny faces at the zoo

“Gimmi a kiss, lady”.

A fun day at the zoo over Thanksgiving week while my sister was visiting. The young zebra eating while mom was watching over was born last July.

A black and white warbler hiding out in a tree.

Pretty birds and lunch for some of the birds in the aviary. After this appetizing walk through the aviary it was time for us to leave and go have lunch (we opted for salads).

The zoo was decorated for the holiday season.

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More assorted fun at the zoo

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Pretty birds in the aviaries.

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Cutest family at the zoo.

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This gives a whole new meaning to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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The resident injured eagle had climbed the tree and was hanging out on a low branch right over the walkway. He was observing everyone walking by.

All at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

Birds at Butterfly World

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There was an abundance of visual stimulation at Butterfly World. Besides tons of butterflies fluttering by you, there were tiny birds whizzing by as well. Lots of bright colors going by. The picture in the middle is of two birds that had landed on a lady’s head.  One had landing and was picking through her hair like he wanted it for nesting material. The other one landing and they were fighting over her head. After a few seconds, they both took off. She was just glad they didn’t poop in her hair.

Birds in a Butterfly house?

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All of the above were taken in April at the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. It was a  nice surprise to see more than just butterflies there. These birds were flying all over the conservatory, eating all of the snacks that were strategically placed near the path. Except for the flamingos of course. They were wading in a pond in the middle. I had not finished editing all of the pictures from the trip until recently so I’m finally getting around to posting these bright-colored beauties.

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Testing my new lens at the zoo.

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I think this is my favorite bird at the zoo. He’s so crazy with those colors and expressions.

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Beautiful contrast with white, yellow and red.

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This guy had a funny face. He looks like some type of Ibis.

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Look at those orange legs!

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Two story nests from the clowns! Pink legs, orange and red faces and long bright yellow beaks!

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Everyone stops to comment on how serious the shoebill stork looks.

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My first duckling of 2014. One of the ponds in the exhibit had wild baby ducks swimming around with Mom.

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Wild little blue herons were building nests over the alligator exhibit again this year. They were having some territorial disputes.

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Tricolored herons were also working on nests.

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Fun feeding the lorikeets.

These were all taken with my new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens that I recently bought. After saving up forever, I finally broke down and ordered it. My best lens is longer for birding from far away and I wanted something that I could use when I’m closer to the subjects and still have zoom. I didn’t have a good intermediate lens. I headed to the Lowry Park zoo in Tampa to test it out. I ran over late one Sunday afternoon. I still have some practicing to do with learning to focus with it but so far I’m excited to have it. I plan on taking it to Gatorland soon to check out the wild birds that nest there at the bird rookery.