Friday, January 8, 2010

Birds from the San Diego Zoo -- Part 4

There were a ton of aviaries within the three parks we visited (San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, and Sea World), which made for some great opportunities to photograph birds up close.
Birds -- SD Zoo Part 4

It felt like there were flamingos (both African and Caribbean) everywhere, and it was hard to pick just one shot to include.

This spoonbill was in the first exhibit we visited (of course it would be an aviary if I'm leading the way!) and you can see the sparkle of the early morning light in its eye.

I'm not sure what kind of bird this is, but I love that beautiful teal color
Pretty teal bird

The penguin exhibit at SeaWorld was really cool -- they had both Emperor penguins (pictured) and King penguins, which are the two largest species.
Emperor Penguins

If you enjoyed these images, please view more of my bird photographs in my Birds Galleries.


  1. Your image series from the Zoo is absolutely tack sharp and life like. The choice of what light to shoot in really makes your subjects come to life. Awesome job. Sounds like it was a lot of fun.

  2. Thanks, Jarred! I was a bit torn about photographing captive animals, but it really was a lot of fun, and I think I ended up with some nice shots in the end.

  3. I just found your blog today, from Pinterest, with a link to this teal bird. Your pictures just take my breath away. Thank you so much for what you do. I've recently discovered just how much of an animal appreciator I am and I am overwhelmed when I look at the pictures you take. Following your blog now. :)

  4. The teal bird is called a Racket-tailed Roller. It is native to southern Africa. :) Beautiful!