Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sacramento Zoo

This isn't my normal sort of birding post, but I went to the Sacramento Zoo and have pics to share! We saw lots of cool animals and birds and I think the giraffes and the red pandas were my favorite.

Right when we walked in, there was a Great Horned Owl to greet us...
Great Horned Owl
 A variety of waterfowl were hanging out in the pond...
White-faced Whistling Duck

American White Pelican
If this guy looks familiar it's because I see them in my backyard every day! This smart House Sparrow was mooching off the food in the Hornbill's cage...
House Sparrow

Red Kangaroo

Southern White-faced Owl
Of all the ducks in the pond, we'd actually already seen most of them out in the wild at our favorite wildlife refuges. It was neat seeing them closer up, though...
Hooded Merganser

Wood Duck

Comb Duck
 I put some video of this cutie patootie at the end of the post...
Red Panda
 How can you not love this guy's face and want to bring him home with you???
Reticulated Giraffe

Unfortunately, I don't think my ceilings are quite high enough...
Masai Giraffe
Last month, it was practically a miracle that we saw our first Wood Duck ever at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. At the zoo, there were dozens of them posing for the camera and looking all rainbowy and shimmery in the sunshine...
Wood Duck

Orinoco Goose

This bird has the coolest sound ever! And he's a kingfisher, which makes me like him even more :D

Here's the Red Panda video I promised. He might be the cutest thing I've ever seen...

Tomorrow's post is all about the surprise bird we saw on County Road P.

Hint: It's a bird of prey (NOT a Kestrel!) and I've only ever seen its species one other time at Shasta Dam...

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