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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Pounding the pavement

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There is a fairly large flock of peafowl that reside at the San Diego Zoo.

They are free to come and go as they please but if you lived at the San Diego Zoo, would you leave?

It’s great for we onlookers because they make the Zoo their home in every way, as proven by mommy and her two little ones in the video below.

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And some of my favorite San Diego Zoo peafowl pictures throughout the years:

Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock in full display at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Los Angeles Arboretum — Gone to the birds

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When Jim went to bed Saturday night (he goes to bed much earlier than me), he told me we were going to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for our 19th anniversary.

When Jim got up Sunday morning (he gets up much later than me), he told me we were going to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia (next to Pasadena) for our 19th anniversary.

I guess he had a dream…………..

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (herafter, LACA) comprises 127 acres whereas our San Diego Botanic Garden is 37 acres. Of course, we have the San Diego Zoo, also an internationally recognized Botanic Garden, at 100 acres, so there…………..

LACA had a huge Australia garden, probably covering half of the arboretum. That’s about 60 acres. Much of our Southern California climate is very similar to Australia, and Australian native vegetation does exceedingly well here. Walk through Balboa Park here, though, at 1,200 acres, and you’ll see everything in LACA’s Australia garden.

One thing that LACA had that San Diego Botanic Garden does not have is birds. Particularly Peafowl and Canada Geese. More than you can shake a stick at, and if you were to shake a stick at them, some might take the stick out of your hands!

I think if I were around Peafowl  (remember that male Peafowl are Peacocks and female Peafowl are Peahens) more often, they could easily become my favorite bird. They are so much fun to watch.

Following are 15 pictures and 5 flash videos of the Peafowl at LACA. Be sure to watch the last video if you don’t do anything else here today; he’s a little tease! The 15 pictures are of 15 different birds.

Lastly, I would like to dedicate this post to my blogging friend Julie, her husband Anthony, and their son Ming (jmgoyder) in Australia. They are the only ones I know who might have more Peafowl than the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Baby Peafowl at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock (male Peafowl) walking the grounds

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Mom and baby Peafowl

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Peacock jumping from tree to fence

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Peahen giving herself a dirt bath

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Peacock showing off

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Southern Ground Hornbill at the San Diego Zoo

The Birds (not Alfred Hitchcock’s)

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The San Diego Zoo has been pruning and cutting vegetation in many of the exhibits, sometimes even removing overgrown vegetation or vegetation that was too large for the exhibit.

I felt kind of sorry for the Bateleur Eagles because they had nary a tree left in their exhibit.

I was able to get some pictures of birds that I never had pictures of before, and, of course, knowing how demanding my readers are, I’ll share some of them with you this morning.

First, if you don’t understand my title, see The Birds.

And now, The Birds (of the San Diego Zoo)!

Bateleur Eagle at the San Diego Zoo

The Bateleur Eagle is from Africa and Arabia and is the only bird in the genus Terathopius. It is believed to be the origin of the Zimbabwe Bird, the national emblem of Zimbabwe. Its daily hunting range can be as large as 250 square miles. The Bateleur Eagle is in the Near-Threatened IUCN Red List category due to loss of habitat, pesticides, capture for international trade, and nest disturbance.

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Steller's Sea Eagle

The Steller’s Sea Eagle is from northeast Asia and is the largest eagle in the world, getting up to twenty pounds in weight. It feeds mainly on fish, loving salmon and trout (who doesn’t?). It is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to loss of habitat, industrial pollution, and over-fishing by humans (so next time you go to a restaurant, order catfish!). They are classified as a National Treasure in Japan. The current wild population is estimated at 5,000, and decreasing.

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California Condor

The California Condor is the largest North American land bird, and the only member of its genus Gymnogyps. Its huge wingspan of up to 9.8 feet is the largest of any North American bird. It also gets up to 26 pounds, making it one of the largest native North American bird species. The condor is a scavenger, and has a lifespan of up to 60 years. It is a critically endangered species and one of the rarest birds in the world, with 226 living in the wild and 179 in captivity, as of May 2012. The San Diego Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo have been instrumental in hatching and raising birds in captivity and, as of 1994, have been re-introducing them into the wild in California, Arizona, and Utah.

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Andean Condor

The Andean Condor is also a Near Threatened species occurring naturally in South America. It is also a scavenger, preferring large animals such as deer and cattle. It is one of the world’s longest-living birds, having a lifespan of up to 100 years in captivity. It is the national symbol of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

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Southern Ground Hornbill at the San Diego Zoo

The Southern Ground Hornbill is the largest species of hornbill, native to many countries in southern Africa. Its conservation status is listed as Vulnerable to Critically Endangered, depending on the country. This bird is a triennial breeder, very rare in birds, meaning that they breed every third year. The reason for this is that the young have a dependence on the adult birds for a period of up to two years, depending on the weather. Combine that dependence with a 45-day incubation period and an 85-day fledgling period, and there’s your three years.

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Laughing Kookaburra at the San Diego Zoo

The Laughing Kookaburra is from Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. I had the privilege of hearing this one laugh, and I really did think it was laughing at me! It is a common and familiar bird so accustomed to humans that birds will often eat out of human hands. It is not uncommon for kookaburras to snatch food out of people’s hands without warning, by swooping in from a distance.

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Mallard at the San Diego Zoo

I include this mallard for a couple of reasons. I realized that I didn’t know the scientific name, and it was the only mallard I saw that had not paired off with a female. Instead, it was watching the elephants play in the water.

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

This peacock took a liking to me. He followed me from just outside Flamingo Lagoon through all the construction at the new Australian Outback around to see the kangaroos, giraffes, and rhinoceroses, through Elephant Odyssey, and on to Polar Bear Plunge where he found some young children willing to give him some of their popcorn. Here’s a short video of this little guy tagging along with me:

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

You’re not the TV guy (featuring wildlife from the San Diego Zoo)

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I’m getting to the late spring and summer in my many hundreds of folders of uncataloged pictures, and that means there are a lot of pictures of the wildlife at the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego. Following are some wildife that you will recognize, so I’ve added a caption rather than the name:

Flamingo feeding time at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock in full display at the San Diego Zoo

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For those who don’t recognize the following because it’s not running from a lion or jaguar on the Discovery Chanelle, it’s a gazelle.

Cuvier's Gazelle at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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That’s the rear end of a peacock just in case you didn’t know.

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