Tag Archives: crested screamer

Make sure all is well before taking possession

Did you know?

Many of the birds at the San Diego Zoo have nests with eggs in them.

The flamingos are the most noticeable but if one looks closely one can see a pair of southern screamers (Chauna torquata), also known as crested screamers, taking care of three eggs in their nest in Flamingo Lagoon.

Southern Screamer pair and three eggs at the San Diego Zoo

Those two were having a changing of the guard. It’s virtually impossible to distinguish mama screamer from daddy screamer, so I have no idea whether mama was taking over or whether daddy was taking over. You can see the one taking over was checking out the eggs just to make sure that they were okay before taking possession of them.

Southern Screamer and three eggs at the San Diego Zoo

According to Wikipedia,

The southern screamer establishes monogamous relationships that last its lifetime, estimated to be 15 years. Courtship involves loud calling by both sexes, which can be heard up to two miles away. For the nest, the couple makes a big platform of reeds, straws, and other aquatic plants in an inaccessible place near water. The female lays between two and seven white eggs. The couple share incubation, which takes 43 to 46 days. Chicks leave the nest as soon as they hatch, but the parents care for them for several weeks. The fledging period takes 8 to 14 weeks.

Southern Screamers live in southeastern Peru, northern Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. And, of course, the San Diego Zoo.

The following picture shows what the little ones will look like, although this little one from 2010 was giving me a little attitude:

Southern Screamer chick at the San Diego Zoo

Remember, if you get to San Diego, give me a call. I often have free tickets to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I also have been known to play docent for a day or two at no charge!

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Gone to the birds

Out & About

Today’s post has gone to the birds.

Great Blue HeronGreat blue heron

Black-crowned Night HeronBlack crowned night heron

Black-crowned Night HeronBlack crowned night heron

Black-crowned Night Heron JuvenileJuvenile black crowned night heron

Crested ScreamersNesting crested screamers

DoveSpy

Great Egret
Great egret

Great Egret
Great egret

White-breasted CormorantWhite-breasted cormorant

VultureVulture

Red-winged BlackbirdRed-winged blackbird

Canada GeeseCanada geese

Mallard DucksMom plus three

Flamingo ChickFlamingo chick

Flamingo ChickFlamingo chick

Flamingo ChickFlamingo chick

Flamingo ColonyFlamingo colony

Bald EaglesBald eagles

FeathersFeathers

I  don’t normally use pictures with fences and other evidence of being in an exhibit, but the two bald eagles are at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park because they were injured in the wild. The San Diego Zoo rehabilitated them but their injuries are such that they cannot hunt effectively in the wild, so if they were to be released back into the wild, they probably would starve to death or be easily captured by a predator. At the San Diego Zoo, they get food, medical care, and lots of visitors (like me!) ogling at them and taking their pictures.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

click here to like us on facebook

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Need a unique gift?photograhic art taking pictures making art

Visit Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CA BRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

San Diego Zoo—Three bird pictures and a hummingbird video

San Diego Zoo logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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!

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Need a unique gift?
Consider Photographic Art!photographic art logoVisit Russel Ray Photos.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CA BRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!Real Estate Solutions

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos