San Diego Zoo Safari Park

This Safari Park may have been the best “attraction” of all the places we visited in Southern California. We were told that usually it’s very, very hot at the park during the summer but, we were lucky, the temperature stayed reasonable and so we were able to spend a leisurely day. The park is very expensive but well worth it. We had the “basic” ticket so got to do and see the important things. I will probably put up many shots over the next few months but today…the birds. These are from a bird show they have several times a day. It’s out in the open but the birds are taught to do what their handlers direct–there is a reward, of course.

I should have taken notes during the show, the first is either a hawk or a falcon sitting on its handlers glove. I couldn’t remember the second but my son said, “That’s an East Africa Crane.” I googled. So it is!

The third is an Andean Condor and it is absolutely huge! The wingspan is over 10 feet. They studied this species to help them figure out how to help the California Condor. It seems to have worked since there are now many of that species–still endangered but recovering. The bird was awesome.

Bird Of Prey

Bird Of Prey

East African Crane

East African Crane

Andean Condor

Andean Condor

Chris - August 28, 2011 - 12:25 pm

Those shots are fantastic! You’re making me wish for a bigger, fancier camera!! (Don’t tell TCM I said that.) Trouble is….I don’t have your curiosity about the world so a fancier camera probably isn’t necessary. I’ll rely on your work!!

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