Tag Archive | San Diego Safari Park

Twigs & Twine~


Weavers, like this Red Bishop from Africa, are industrious and highly social birds. These photos were taken at The San Diego Safari Park aviaries, close to The Holler. There are now 400 or so of these beauties flying wild in Holler skies.
I bet they escaped from the park. Smart birdies.

Weavers belong to a family of birds named Ploceidae that weave incredibly intricate nests that hang from trees in groups or colonies. Holler orioles are weavers.


Buffalo Weavers, also from Africa, are charmingly gregarious, happy birds, that like to perch next to you to for a little chat!

Here they are discussing a leaf. What to do with it? Should they pick it up? They seem to think not. It is, obviously, an object worthy of much interest and discussion, but in the end, a useless thing to them.


They may have no use for leaves, but they are artistic masters of twigs and twine, and spend much of their time collecting both.


Cheers to you from the very busy, very happy weavers~
(Click on paired birds to see more detail.)

Move Over Lady~

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We geese are climbing stairs and it ain’t easy for us!
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What do you entitled human think?
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That stairs are made for you?
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Not hardly! We geese have places to go and ducks to see.
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What? Now you’re feeding ducks?
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What about us?
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Silly human, don’t you know?
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Treats are for geese~
Cheers to you from the confident geese, handsome ducks, and cluelessly entitled human.

Flying Rainbows~

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Talk about PDA!
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These guys perfect it.
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It’s enough to make your head spin!
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Rainbow Lorikeets are affectionate, comical and congenial birds, as sweet as they are pretty.
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Of course this grumpy guy might disagree, it’s no fun waiting for your feathers to grow, you can hardly fly and the big birds are having all the fun!
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There is always some minor bickering among birds, come to think of it, among people too, but that’s another story….
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What personalities these guys have. They hammed it up on my hand for my camera! They know how handsome they are……
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Some day I’d be over the rainbow to have a rainbow of my own.
Cheers to you from the free flying Lorikeets at Lorikeet Landing~

ET Phone Home!

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I found ET! He’s living at the San Diego Safari Park!
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I know it’s shocking to think that he’s picked up a smoking habit.
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But look at that stogie!
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What do you expect with him homesick for his planet, and stuck all these years in Southern California? I’m surprised he’s not surfing.
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Cheers to you from ET and all his extraterrestrial (Waller Gazelle) buddies at the San Diego Safari Park~
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Flying Flowers~

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Wow! Did I have fun today! The San Diego Safari Park had their spring Butterfly Encounter and this was the first year I was home to see it. The butterflies flew around you in an open-air aviary. (Please click to enlarge).
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We all were mesmerized. I was blown away by how gentle the little children were, cupping their hands to protect the landing butterflies.
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See for yourself, the butterflies were ethereal!
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The flowers were pretty amazing too~
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It was wonderful to be reminded how much children naturally love our planet’s creatures.
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The butterflies reminded me of the ones I saw in Iguazu Falls who loved to hitch rides on humans.
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You had to be inspected before you left to make sure you weren’t carrying out a hitchiker!
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They were not the least bit afraid.
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What an amazing experience!
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I almost made it out with this hitchiker on me!
Cheers to you from our planet’s amazing flying flowers~