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A selection of birds from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Yesterday was the San Diego Zoological Society’s Members Appreciation Day. Each year they have a big dinner and entertainment at the Safari Park since it has more room (about 2,000 acres more!) than the Zoo. However, I only have to travel seven miles to go to the Zoo whereas Safari Park is forty miles from me. The dinner and entertainment also take place after Safari Park has closed which means we have the whole park all to ourselves, which is kind of nice.

I averaged 99 pictures per hour for the time I spent at Safari Park yesterday. I have decided to share ten pictures with you today! All of birds. Now tell me you’re excited. Go ahead. Tell me….

Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impeyanus)
Native to the Himalayas.
Himalayan Monal at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The little guy above was very aggressive, charging anyone within about eight feet and attempting to peck them. He was pretty fast, too. We think he was protecting a nestmate, which would be logical since its mating season is April through August.

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White-headed Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps)
Native to tropical Africa, preferring areas near large rivers.
White-headed Lapwing at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
Widespread throughout Africa.
African Spoonbill at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus)
Native to grasslands and semi-desert areas
in the mountains of southern Africa.
Southern Bald Ibis at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Native to the Caribbean and tropical areas of South America.
Scarlet Ibis at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
Native to Africa and South AmericaWhite-faced Whistling Duck at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
An endangered bird from Eurasia.Red-breasted Goose at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Coscosroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)
Native to South America, it is the smallest of the birds called “swans.”Coscoroba Swan at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens)
Native to Africa, Arabia, and India.Pink-backed Pelican at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Lastly, I would be remiss in my dedication to Julian, Database Manager at Russel Ray Photos (and all-around AWESOME guy!), if I did not include a picture of his favorite bird, the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). Safari Park has two of these magnificent birds. I walked around the island and finally found a spot where I could get both birds in the same picture. (If Julian reads this post and finds this insert, I shall provide him with a monetary bonus.) They are solitary birds, but these two are on the same island together, and they were having a stare-down that lasted the full 15 minutes that I spent watching them. The expression of the one bird seems to indicate a slight displeasure with the other shoebill being in its territory.

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
A vulnerable species native to swamps in Africa.Shoebill at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Southern bald ibis at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Now you see it, now you don’t

Out & About

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There are times when I don’t want to cook, such as National Margarita Day, Taco Tuesdays, and Endless Enchilada days at On The Border. Here’s what happened a couple of days ago on National Margarita Day:

Chips and salsa at On The Border

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Grande Raspberry Swirl at On The Border

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Endless Enchiladas at On The Border

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Empty plate at On The Border

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Empty margarita glass at On The Border

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Jim’s and my favorite On The Border location is 103 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon. We have been going to that one since 1999. Most everyone knows us there and almost before we can sit down (we’re always in the bar) our Grande Raspberry Swirl margaritas are on the table. Chips and salsa come next, and several of the wait staff know that we’re creatures of habit, ordering the same thing quite often. I’m kind of addicted to their enchiladas. The enchiladas in the picture above is one onion & cheese, one pulled chicken, and one shredded beef.

Our second favorite location is 1770 Camino del la Reina in Mission Valley. We have been going there since around 1995. The bar is smaller than the El Cajon location and the lines tend to be longer. That’s what happens to restaurants in Mission Valley.

Our third favorite location (I told you we liked On The Border!) is 298 East Via Rancho Parkway. We like this one because we can stop here either before or after going to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Southern bald ibis at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Lastly, our fourth favorite location is 10789 Westview Parkway in Mira Mesa. We tend not to go to this one because if we do, we sometimes wind up next door at Islands to have a Basket of Island Fries, Birds of Paradise (chicken breast sandwich; CA Flyer is my favorite with barbecue sauce and pepper jack cheese), and Mangoritas (mango margaritas)!

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