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San Diego Zoo—Three bird pictures and a hummingbird video

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Usually when I go to the Zoo I don’t hang around one spot for more than fifteen minutes.

This past Saturday, though, I spent three hours in the hummingbird aviary because the birds were putting on such a show.

Following are three bird pictures with a hummingbird video at the end.

Crested Screamer

The Crested Screamer (Chauna torquata), also known as the Southern Screamer, is native to South America. These birds do know how to scream and my goal is to get a video of them screaming. It is something to hear, up to two miles away. Even though they live in large flocks, they mate for life, estimated to be about fifteen years.

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Twin-spotted Rattlesnake

The Twin-spotted Rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei) is native to Mexico and the United States, although only to southeastern Arizona in the United States. It is a venomous pit viper, as are all rattlesnakes, but we never hear them called pit vipers. They grow to about two feet in length.

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Plate-billed Mountain Toucan

The Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) is native to Colombia and Ecuador, living in Andean forests among the bromeliads and mosses where annual rainfall is about fourteen feet. Yes, feet. It is the most vocal of the toucans and the flagship bird of the La Planada Nature Reserve in Colombia. It is in decline due to deforestation and poaching.

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The White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) is native to Mexico and South America where it hangs out in the canopy of forests. According to Wikipedia, it will come down to lower levels to visit hummingbird feeders, proven here since the San Diego Zoo is about 45 feet above sea level. :)

Smile if you think one of those bird pictures isn’t a picture of a bird at all!

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Bactrian camel, San Diego Zoo

Mr. Bill the Camel

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Smile if you remember Mr. Bill.

Mr. Bill camel

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Wow. Three posts today. I guess you can tell that with the rain and cold, as well as still being sick, I’m having a lot of fun listening to music, cataloging pictures, and exploring Photoshop. And since we have Mr. Bill the Camel here, I supposed maybe some camel music might be in order. Enjoy “Humphrey the Camel” by Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan; peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

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African lioin at the San Diego Zoo

Aw, shucks

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African lioin at the San Diego Zoo

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Male red-cheeked gibbon at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo: Hanging around, noisily

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There really isn’t a best time to go to the San Diego Zoo since it depends on what you want to see. If you go early in the morning when the opening bell rings you can see many of the wildlife eating. Such is the case with the big cats and the bears, basically all the bigger animals. If you want to see them sleeping, afternoon is best. Many of them then became active again as dusk arrives. The middle of the day is best for shows and to see Zoo ambassadors walking around with their handlers.

I enjoy going in the morning, usually 9:00 a.m. to noon. I find that it is less crowded, the animals are up and about wondering why their food is late, and the red-cheeked gibbons in Monkey Trails can be heard all the way to the Zoo entrance.

Female red-cheeked gibbon at the San Diego Zoo

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Male red-cheeked gibbon at the San Diego Zoo

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Although the San Diego Zoo says that these are red-cheeked gibbons, apparently that name as fallen out of favor as geneticists explore the genomes of wildlife throughout the world. They more properly are known as yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) and are native to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Female yellow-cheeked gibbons are blonde in color while the males are black. Baby yellow-cheeked gibbons, boy or girl, are yellow or blonde to match the mother. The color changes to black like the adult males within a few months although females turn back to the blonde coloration when they mature.

Gibbons are lesser apes, as opposed to monkeys and the great apes like gorillas and orangutans. Monkeys have tails whereas all apes are tailless. All gibbons display pair-bonding, unlike most great apes, and are masters of brachiation, i.e., swinging from branch to branch for distances of up to 50 feet at speeds as high as 34 mph. They also make leaps of up to 26 feet and can walk bipedally, with their arms raised for balance.

Just for you, I spent time with our two yellow-cheeked gibbons and got nine videos. I then edited them into one great 54-second video so you can hear and see these amazing apes. Gotta turn the sound up on your speakers.

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Black mangabey at the San Diego Zoo

You want WHAT for Christmas?

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Ha! Fat chance!

Black mangabey at the San Diego Zoo

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That picture was in my “see what you can do with this in Photoshop some time in the future” folder. It’s a folder with so-called throwaway pictures. For comparison purposes, following is the original. Just too good to throw away without trying to salvage it.

Black mangabey at the San Diego Zoo

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I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to salvage that picture, but I think I did. Took all of five minutes in Photoshop CC using masks and layers. Pretty neat.

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Sun bear at the San Diego Zoo

All tuckered out

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Although many of the larger animals at the Zoo were out and about, many of them seemed to be all tuckered out after Thanksgiving:

Immature flamingoImmature flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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KoalaKoala at the San Diego Zoo

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CamelCamel at the San Diego Zoo

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LlamaLlama at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyenaStriped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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Sun bearSun bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Happy National Cat Day!

Cats

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Happy National Cat Day!

Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African lion paw at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African lion paw at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African lions at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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