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Our birds deserve better

I livew in my own little world

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When I was but a juvenile delinquent of the age of 8 living in Brigham City, Utah, I skipped second grade one day and went with a friend to see Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds.” I already had developed a fascination with birds and couldn’t understand why my mom and (step)dad wouldn’t let me go see the movie. This, of course, was prior to films being rated, so it was up to parents to decide what their children could watch. Even though I still was young, impressionable, and brainwashable, the movie did not dampen my love of birds.

I am fortunate to live in San Diego because of the San Diego Zoo and the Zoo’s Safari Park. I have seen birds that I never would have had the opportunity to see if I relied on seeing them in the wild, birds like flamingos, shoebills, and various species of eagles, owls, condors, and vultures.

Necking flamingos at the San Diego ZooNecking flamingos at San Diego Zoo

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Shoebill at the San Diego Zoo's Safari ParkShoebill at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Milky Eagle Owl

Milky eagle owl at the San Diego Zoo

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I also am fortunate to live in a coastal area like San Diego because there are over 500 species of birds that can be seen here on a regular basis, some of those stopping by while migrating on the Pacific Flyway.

Possibly my five favorite birds that can be seen on a daily basis roaming around the outdoors are pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons, and black-crowned night herons.

Snowy egretsSnowy egrets at play at Santee Lakes

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Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.Brown pelicans enjoying the view in La Jolla

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Great Blue Heron with mealGreat blue heron with morning meal at Mission Bay Park

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One-legged black-crowned night heron hanging out at SeaWorld where food is plentiful.

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When I first saw that black-crowned night heron I thought it was just standing on one leg, but herons don’t typically do that; they are not flamingos. That’s when I noticed that it really did only have one leg. Sadly, birds with just one foot or one leg are common here in San Diego because of all the fishing. They get a foot or leg tangled up in the fishing line which cuts off the circulation and eventually the bird loses that foot or leg. Here is a brown pelican with a missing foot probably due to fishing line entanglement:

Pelican with one foot

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If you’re a fisherperson, please dispose of your fishing line properly. All docks have disposal bins with lids on them so that our precious wildlife can’t get tangled up.

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Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends

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Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends!

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Six-month-old Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo

Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

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Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston’s crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

Johnston's crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

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Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

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Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

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Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

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Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

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Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

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Pigeon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

Piegon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

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Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

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Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

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Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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Gao Gao, giant panda at the San Diego Zoo

Look what happens when I play Docent

San Diego Zoo logo

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Early this morning I met a virtual friend at the San Diego Zoo and spent two hours traipsing around playing Docent for a Day. (Remember that if you ever come to San Diego, call me because I might have free tickets to the Zoo, Safari Park, or SeaWorld, and with enough warning, I’m always happy to play Docent for a Day.)

The Zoo animals were particularly active and photogenic this morning, which always makes me feel good because I don’t want to docent (!) someone around the Zoo and see empty cages of hiding animals.

Maybe the animals know when I’m playing Docent for a Day and that they have to be on their best and most photogenic behavior………….

Here are a few of the great pictures I got this morning in just two hours:

Flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

One-month old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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Mandrill at the San Diego Zoo

Mandrill at the San Diego Zoo

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Wolf's Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Wolf’s Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Malayan tiger at the San Diego Zoo

Malayan tiger at the San Diego Zoo

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Malayan tigers at the San Diego Zoo

Malayan tigers at the San Diego Zoo

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Malayan tigers at the San Diego Zoo

Malayan tigers at the San Diego Zoo

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Monkey and otter playing at the San Diego Zoo

Monkey and otter playing at the San Diego Zoo

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Takin at the San Diego Zoo

Takin at the San Diego Zoo

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Mang Mountain pit viper at the San Diego Zoo

Mang Mountain pit viper at the San Diego Zoo

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Gao Gao, giant panda at the San Diego Zoo

Gao Gao, giant panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Chinese snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo

Chinese snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo

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New Guinea Singing Dog at the San Diego Zoo

New Guinea Singing Dog at the San Diego Zoo

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Bactrian Camel at the San Diego Zoo

Bactrian Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Buerger's Tree Kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

Buerger’s Tree Kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

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Feed me! I'm your child!

Feed me! I’m your child!

San Diego Zoo logo

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With the San Diego Zoo now in its summer hours season, I went early yesterday evening to see how our animals were doing. Had lots of fun and got some great pictures of the big cats. Apparently, with dusk comes activity, hoping to catch some prey — one of the Amur Leopards was seriously eyeing a young child.

The first place I always stop is Flamingo Lagoon, right inside the front entrance, and what a joy it was yesterday.

Baby flamingos practicing the art of tucking their heads

Baby flamingos practicing the art of tucking their heads

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Baby flamingos practicing walking around

Baby flamingos practicing walking around

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Baby flamingo looking for food

Baby flamingo looking for food

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Feed me! I'm your child!

Feed me! I’m your child!

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How come my egg hasn't hatched!

How come my egg hasn’t hatched!

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