Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Birds!!!

The Pumpkinhead recently expressed her desire to "go out of town...to Fort Worth...to the zoo." So we did that today. We made the trek all the way to FW to the zoo. We actually go to the zoo fairly often, and this is almost always one of the highlights...
 

Something caught our attention in an area we usually stroll right past without stopping. This hyacinth macaw was hanging upside down and posing for the cameras. He clearly knew what was going on and would look into the lens and turn slightly so the paparazzi could get shots from different angles...

The zoo has some new penguins that are very cool. These two guys look like they're about to go at it, but they actually got along very well. In the right corner is a rockhopper penguin, hailing from Antarctica; in the left corner is an African blackfooted penguin, hailing from...Africa, of course.

After the zoo, we went a little further "out of town" to Everman, which is home to a large population of wild parrots. The story is that a divorcing couple couldn't decide who would get "custody" of their parrots, so they just let them go (excellent choice, people - I hope they didn't have children!). The parrots made their new home on top of an electric pole and began their own little Eden. Now the city is said to have between 100-200 parrots living in huge nests atop electric poles around town. We saw a lot of nests, and a few parrots, but I think we heard every one of those 100-200 birds. They're LOUD!
 

If you look closely and use your imagination, you can see a parrot looking out his window in the "penthouse" apartment along the left edge of the nest, and several other parrots looking out their windows along the lower levels of the nest...

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