Spring Break Report — The Birds!

3 Apr

Exotic Birds in San Diego!

White-Breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (Continent of origin: Africa)
at San Diego Wild Animal Park


African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) (Continet of origin: Africa)
at San Diego Wild Animal Park

As we were getting ready to have lunch, this woman came and brought out this amazing Eagle and sat down and talked about it. We were so close to it. She (the eagle) was so amazing! Beautiful creature. She told us that she is a big, heavy eagle that weighs about 6 lbs. It can carry half its body weight out of the water but will often catch bigger prey and just swim it to shore. They have been known to go after Flamingos too. Amazing bird!


Crowned Eagle
Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) (Continent of Origin: Africa)
at San Diego Zoo.

They had a nesting pair in this enclosure. The female was not cooperating with my camera — being more interested in nest building. Whatever!


at San Diego Zoo


at San Diego Zoo


at San Diego Zoo

Guam Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus cinnamomina) (Continent of Origin: Oceania ) Note: Extinct in the wild due to accidental introduction of Brown Tree Snakes.
At San Diego Zoo

This bird got my kids going. Seeing a bird that is extinct in the wild was moving to all of us. They really got into seeing the status of the birds and Gage, in particular, was very concerned about the threats against the birds.


at San Diego Zoo

Steller's Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle, (Haliaeetus pelagicus) (Continent of Origin: Asia)
At San Diego Zoo


Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) (Continent of Origin: South America)

Harpy Eagle’s talons — note breakfast in hand (foot?)
This one’s for you, Susan!

 Andean Condor
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) (Continent of Origin: South American)
At San Diego Zoo
And, this one’s for you, Lynn!  World’s Biggest Vulture!

Bathtime at the Flamingo Pond


8 Responses to “Spring Break Report — The Birds!”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook 3 April, 2008 at 6:13 am #

    What a handsome vulture- Thanks
    Liza!! I love his poofy white collar. It sounds like a fabulous zoo.

  2. jodyss 3 April, 2008 at 9:16 am #

    I remember seeing the Andean Condor when we were at the SD Zoo a few years ago! It actually had its wings spread for us and it was seriously impressive.

    Gorgeous pics!

  3. Liza Lee Miller 3 April, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    The SD Zoo is truly amazing, Lynne!

    Jody — I’d forgotten that you’d been there. We had such fun in SD!

  4. Wende 3 April, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Oh, that Condor. Wow.

    Ok, so last week, I’m driving across the bridge and all of a sudden my car is buzzed by a Bald Eagle. They’re fairly common in these parts, but I’ve never seen one this close or in flight!

  5. Liza Lee Miller 3 April, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    Wow, Wende! That would be hearstopper! A new thing on bridges to fear — who knew? Random Raptor Attacks! Very cool!

  6. Phyllis 4 April, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Your first “???” bird might be a kookaburra. might. after all, i’m the one who drives my mother nuts by not being able to tell one sparrow from another…

  7. Susan Gets Native 4 April, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    Thanks for the pic of the harpy, Liza! They are the biggest and scariest of any raptor in the world. They can carry off adult sloths. And their talons are about 5 inches long. And silly me, I want one to use for programs. That’s the type of bird that would eat your face.

  8. Liza Lee Miller 4 April, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    Phyllis, it *might* be a Kookaburra but looking online, they seemed to be more gray in color. I’m just not an expert — I think the bill on mine is smaller than a Kookaburra would be. I wish I hadn’t been in a hurry and had snapped the birds on the signs (like I do at quilt shows) so I’d know. 🙂

    Susan, that Harpy Eagle is the ONE thing that I will remember forever from that zoo trip. It was amazing! I got much closer views of the Crowned Eagle pair and they were amazing but that Harpy Eagle. Wow! What a presence.

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