Saturday, September 5, 2009

Burgers Zoo: Mangrove

Part three of the Burgers Zoo series: the Mangrove
The Mangrove is the oldest ecodisplay at Burgers Zoo, built as a kind of trial ballon for the Bush in 1982 and then turned into the current mangrove forest in 1991, then the Bush was opened.
there's a sweetwater part, with snakebirds, Little Pied Cormorans (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
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and Hydrosaurus, the largest of all agamas (Bearded Dragons are agamas, too) - they can reach an overall length of more than three feet and swim very well
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the saltwater part has Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
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White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides)
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a Superb Fruit-dove, Ptilinopus superbus
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some parrots that I unfortunately forgot the name of
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Hooded Pitta, Pitta sordida - I think they always look bad-tempered
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and really very tame White-rumped Shamas (Copsychus malabaricus), they didn't mind cameras less than a few inches away and always returned to the smae spot to display and sing. Here's the male:
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and he knows how to pose for the camera
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he even looks good just ot ouf the shower
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the female is no less photogenic
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even with her mouth full (note the see-through nostrils)
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Go to the Camera Critters meme to see more animals from all over the world!

11 comments:

Babooshka said...

You have some wonderful close up bird images here.

Carla said...

Wonderful!

Norm said...

wow! beautiful series of photos, all are wonderful..

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable birds!the first friend is really cool! :)
Happy camera critters
Luna

Brenda's Arizona said...

This has to be one NEAT zoo! Is it your photos that make it all seem so colorful and amazing! All are super. Thanks!

Janie said...

Great photos of these exotic critters. You got some amazing close-ups.

lifebythecreek said...

Wow! Those are some fabulous bird pics! Love the one with her mouth full, and some of the expressions are SO good! Makes me want to visit that zoo....

Carletta said...

Great shots!
I can hardly keep from smiling at the little guy in the first image. He has such a cute stance but an angry expression.
Very nice series.

Grace and Bradley said...

In Taipei, we have the nature mangrove along the rivers. They are the northern most natural growing mangrove in world. They form a unique an ecosystem by themselves and now are carefully protected and managed. Love the various shots of animals in your mangrove in the zoo.

Willard said...

A beautiful camera critters series.

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!