Feathered Exotics at the National Zoo

With the spring like day, the zoo was filling to the brim with family and children. Enjoying the natural sights and sounds of the wildlife throughout the Smithsonian National Zoo.

The bird area is well laid out with a wide variety of exotic birds to enjoy. It was great to spend the morning with these feathered friends, treasuring their natural beauty.


It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

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  1. This set is awesome! I loved the sunbittern ‘look’… it reminded me of the looks I usually got from my mother! Haha! 🐥🐣

  2. I bet they would pay you! I second that. I’m hoping to make some trips this year to the Brookfield Zoo outside of Chicago. I’m thinking zoos, like botanical centers, are ripe with learning opportunities!

    I really like your choice of birds here, great variety. A few everyone would know, Flamingos & Peacocks, but then you went and picked some beautifully different and even odd characters. I too think the face of the Stanley Crane is very special. If I could guess the others…

    The Bittern is like, “Huh, what’s up guys, what’s going on?” The owl says, “Nothing, I’m just sweet, no trouble here.” The Pintail is trying so hard not to be seen, if not for that white patch he’d be invisible! Studly the Peacock says, “Yeah, sure, hurry up take the pic I’m eating. I’m beautiful, I know it.” And Stanley…he’s got me stumped…you win Stanley…


    Oh and I always appreciate sharp colors. When I take pictures especially of such beautiful creatures like colorful birds I’m always hoping to capture the depth of the colors, the contrast, and sharpness of detail in the feathers and features of the bird. You do this so well I can’t help but mention it every time! And I won’t stop.

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