Visiting friends in the rain

I hadn’t been to Horsepower for Kids horse farm/sanctuary in a while so I stopped by on the way home after a walk at Chesnut Park. It had started raining so I walked around with my umbrella since the weather had cooled off.

Said “Hi” to the chickens and pigs. The one above came over to give me a snort.

The mandarin duck family seems to be growing there.

The kids out for a ride did not seem to mind the rain.

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Pumpkins on the farm

I hadn’t been to my nearby horse farm since May. It’s just too hot in the summer.  The usual ducks were floating around in the pond.

I didn’t know if this one was an escapee or had just flown in for the handouts.

The usual chickens and hens were wandering around.

Mike the camel loves to give kisses. I wasn’t getting any closer.

Waiting to be carved.

Horsepower for Kids was having their annual fall festival fundraiser. I got there early in the morning before crowds. Just stopped in to see how all of the sanctuary animals were doing after Hurricane Irma. They had a lot of damage to exhibits but had mostly recovered.

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Planet of the Ducks

Muscovy ducks have taken over my neighborhood. When I go out for an after dinner walk on Sundays I see ducks everywhere. Some of them come running up to me to see if I have food for them. Almost every week since mid July we have a new duck family with babies.  These were all taken with my phone.

Now we have chickens too. One of our neighbors has 4 chickens and they let them out in the front yard sometimes. The chickens wander up and down the street but always end up back in their own yard at some point. I sometimes see them sleeping under the truck that is in the driveway. I guess these are real “free range” chickens.

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Eagles nest at the farm

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Both babies are about the same size now.

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One is flapping a little more.

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I think they were fighting over scraps.

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The parent looking around. The babies were on the other side of the tree trunk on the right.

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It’s a big nest.

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This is the 2nd time I’ve seen bluebirds hanging around near the nest. I didn’t see any last year. They’ll be leaving soon to head back up north.

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The lone baby chicken is getting big. I was glad to see it doing well.

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This horse was very friendly.

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There were several other people there watching the eagle’s nest on my most recent trip and this horse wanted attention.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon so I decided to stop by the eagle’s nest one more time to see how the big babies were doing. They were pretty big at this point. They looked to be the size of the parents. One was already flapping his wings pretty good. It’s peaceful there  and I like seeing all of the peacocks and chickens running around. I took a ton of pictures on this trip since the weather was so nice and the birds were pretty active. I’ll post more later.

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Last visit to the farm

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Chicken Little. Mom was teaching the baby how to shuffle it’s feet in the dirt to scare up the bugs.

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Mom sure was pretty!

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Cute little baby walking around with mom.

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This is the 3rd time I’ve seen bluebirds hanging around near the eagle’s nest.

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There were several flying around the horse pasture.

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One had a bug for a snack.

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These guys are loud!

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Resting in the shade.

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Posing

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Lady in waiting.

I took a lot of pictures of the peafowl on my last trip to the eagle’s nest. Although, I should go back in a month or so and see if there are baby peacocks running around. By now the baby eagles have flown the coup. Hopefully they won’t eat that last baby chicken. I heard there were four babies and now there’s only one left. It might have been hawks that got them. The bluebirds have probably left to head north for the summer already. I’ll check back in on the nest next year.

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On the farm.

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Peacocks everywhere. I always struggle with getting good pictures of them. Maybe it’s because they are always in the shade.

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Peahen lurking around.

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I think the one on the right is a juvenile. He was a little smaller than the adults.

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Beautiful peahen showing off.

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Peacock showing off. He kept doing this when the chickens got close.

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Standard peacock shot.

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Pretty patterns in the feathers.

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A chicken strutting around.

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I caught this red bellied woodpecker with a big nut in his beak.

Just a few things I saw while waiting for the baby eagles to wake up.

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The zoo face awards of 2014.

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He wins the “I want to hug you” face award. It’s not often he’s awake.

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This one wins the “I have the brightest colors” award. He struts around the Australian section of the zoo. I love the red face and yellow beak contrasting with the black and white feathers.

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Some kind of stork. This one wins the “I have yellow oozing down my beak” award.

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The penguin wins the “best use of pink eyeshadow” award.

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The flamingo wins the “Pretty in Pink” award.

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The meerkat wins the “Dirtiest but cute” face award.

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This one wins the “Most unattractive but coolest” award. The marabou storks were working on the nest. Last spring I was able to get a few shots of the baby. I’m hoping for another one this year. I wonder what that bright pink button looking thing is behind his head.

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This one wins the “meanest” face award. A tough looking bird, the shoebill stork had a baby on Christmas day in 2009. They haven’t had one since. I didn’t see any of them sitting on nests while I was there the week of Christmas this year.

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This one wins the “Clown” face award. They are housed in the Lorikeet exhibit.

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This one wins the “best use of the Arizona desert colors” award.

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This one wins the “Come near me and see what happens” award. Especially with that feather sticking out of his teeth.

On my Christmas tourist tour trip to the zoo with my sister, I only took my 300mm fixed lens. I wanted to be able to get decent shots of the baby elephants which tend to hang out in the back of the exhibit. But you can see how close you can get to most of these animals. Most of the shots I could only get their heads, except for that alligator, which was in the back but I still couldn’t fit his whole body in. He was huge. So, I decided to focus in on the details of their faces. Since it’s that time of the year when all of the movie award shows come on TV I thought I’d do my own zoo animal awards. Let me know if you think they should win any other awards!

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