Birdwatching at the Lowry Park Zoo 2/15/11

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) by Lee

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) by Lee

What a busy couple of weeks. Between health, doctors, funerals, ladies retreats, church, birdwatching, nutty weather, etc., we finally got a chance to get over to the Lowry Park Zoo again yesterday. On the way to Tampa we spotted Ospreys, Boat-tailed Grackles, House Sparrows, Great Egret, 24 Pigeons (Common Pigeons) and Turkey Vultures. On the way home we added two Bald Eagles, a Snowy Egret and some Black Vultures.

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) by Dan

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) by Dan

Loose birds hanging around the Zoo were American White Ibises, Great Egret, Eurasian Collared Dove, 10 Fish Crows, Mockingbird and some more Sparrows. Gulls and Vultures flying around also.

Because my legs were acting up again, we only did the Aviary just inside the gate. That is all I needed anyway, because when I left almost 2 hours later and having walked very little, I had had a ball. The birds were calm and didn’t mind us photographing them. Watched two  Southern Bald Ibises mate twice. Maybe spring is on the way.

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by Dan

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by Dan

As you enter the Aviary, there are a few birds behind a wire and in very dim light. I keep trying to get a decent photo, but the obstacle makes it very difficult. They had the Silver-beaked Tanager,  Blue-grey Tanager and Metallic Starling in that enclosure today.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17 KJV)

Here is a list of the birds seen in the Aviary: (35)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) and another
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
Cape Teal (Anas capensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Red-legged Seriema (Cariama cristata)
Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias)
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)
Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis)
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Violet Turaco (Musophaga violacea)
Crested Coua (Coua cristata)
Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster)
Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus coeruliceps)
Von der Decken’s Hornbill (Tockus deckeni)
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)
Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius)
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)
Raggiana Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)
Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus)
Blue-grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

Outside Aviary: (13)

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Western Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Common Pigeon (Columba livia)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)

All photos taken 2/15/11.

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