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.
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
The penguin exhibit at SeaWorld was really cool -- they had both Emperor penguins (pictured) and King penguins, which are the two largest species.
If you enjoyed these images, please view more of my bird photographs in my Birds Galleries.