Sunday, July 13, 2014

At the Columbus Zoo, Part 3…

Are you sick of the zoo yet?  Well, I must say that my daughter Carrie and I never really get sick of looking at animals.  That’s something we have in common.  Her 30th birthday is today, by the way.
Happy birthday, Number One!  
Carrie wanted badly to see a kiwi, which they have at the Columbus Zoo.  I got no pictures because kiwis are nocturnal animals and their habitat at the zoo is dark.  It took me a while to adjust to the darkness and I didn’t immediately see the kiwis, but Carrie did.  They sure are cool birds and bigger than I thought they were.  But they weren’t the only cool animals we saw in the Australia section of the zoo.
Here’s a Kookaburra and he’s sitting in an old gum tree.  While we were admiring him, there was a young girl singing the kookaburra song, making me wonder how many thousands of times that bird has heard it.


This elegant bird is actually a pigeon so watch out the next time you disparage pigeons.  It’s a Victoria Crowned Pigeon.  He’s actually from New Guinea.


Here’s Jane, she was born at the zoo earlier this year.  She looks like she knows her way around these days.


This isn’t a very good photo, but I like it anyhow.  That bird had just hopped off of the roo’s back.  None of it seemed to phase the bunny.


We had a great time at the Columbus Zoo, but the 90+ degree day finally got the best of us so we left without seeing everything we wanted to see.  But we knew we had to get on the road early the next day and head for home.  One of these days, we may well go back.


12 comments:

Brian King said...

These are great! I've always liked Kookaburras...they have such an impressive beak!

TexWisGirl said...

great birds and roo, too. :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Never tire of going to the zoo because as Simon & Garfunkel sang...it's all happening at the zoo. There are none close by to where we live now, but we try to visit ones in cities when we travel. Enjoyed all the posts, Barbara, especially of course the penguins!

Debbie said...

Such impressive birds......and I love that path/trail!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love that pigeon--she looks kind of like a peacock, oddly enough. :-)

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful photos.

Sandra said...

that crowned piegeon is amazing and all new to me. that adorable ugly kookaburra is so beautiful. he is in the same category as my favorite bird the pelican. so ugly they are beautiful...

Gail Dixon said...

That kookaburra is so interesting! And the pigeon has quite the decorative head piece. :) Enjoyed all the photos!

Tanya Breese said...

i love that little crowned pigeon!

Rose said...

You are making me want to go to that zoo....don't know why we have never gone. Interesting birds...

Lydia Martin said...

Love those kiwi's...I remember that kiwi shoe polish brand when I was a kid...who knew why they called it that LOL! and that song about the kookaberra's...we sang it in 'rounds' in grade school...perhaps a fall visit without all the heat? I can't really take much over 80 myself....great blog post again and I don't get tired of animal pics or animals at all!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous birds. but that last shot... really steals the show. wow!! what a view. we need to hike there. hope you are well this week. take care. ( :