Seen at the Denver Zoo:
The Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica) is a tropical bird, and hunts insects along the edges of rivers and streams in the rainforests of western Africa.
From a recent road trip into Kansas:
I met this gent at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita. I got the definite impression that he wasn’t terribly happy about my presence…
A slightly ragged looking little hummingbird
Seen at the Phoenix Zoo.
When my daughter and I walked through the Phoenix zoo a few weeks back, we were greeted by one of the locals. I don’t know what (s)he was trying to tell us (“go away?” “bring sugar-water next time?”), but for a while it kept chattering around us.
At least the little critter was content to sit still on a branch for a bit so I could capture its portrait.
Can you call a squabble a territorial dispute when it takes place on water? At any rate, we were headed out of the Phoenix zoo when we saw these two trying to settle boundary issues with each other:
In the end, one of them turned tail and swam off, with the winner in pursuit.
A recent trip to Arizona left me and the little one with some time on our hands — so we spent it at the Phoenix Zoo. While I was there, this little scene lined up for me, so I just had to capture it:
A giraffe gives me a very quizzical look at the Los Angeles Zoo; she seemed to think my camera was very interesting for some reason.
Originally posted to Flickr on January 22, 2009.