Friday, 20 March 2015

Edinburgh Zoo || Beautiful Birds


Quick disclaimer! - Yes, this is a Zoo. Yes, the animals are kept in enclosures. NO, they are not badly treat. 
I regard animal life higher than a lot of human life most of the time and so would never support anywhere that had any hint of animal cruelty. I sign petitions, I promote causes close to my heart and I have done many fundraising events for animal causes/charities.I look into everywhere I visit beforehand and am well informed that Edinburgh Zoo is one of the worlds best for conservation and breeding. 
It would be lovely if all animals could live in the wild but it isn't always that simple, especially because of certain cruel humans that live alongside us. The animals that live here are in great living quarters, well looked after and a lot of them are doing a great service for their species by participating in the research and breeding programs. 
Please think twice before leaving nasty comments. I will never lie to anyone, let alone on my blog - what would be the point? All views are obviously my own but I take care to look into anything I support. 

I'll leave you with a quick quote froSir David Attenborough, about Edinburgh Zoo, "The Royal Zoological Society has shown not what zoos can be, but what they should be".




Sir Nils Olav is the grey-est stud on the far left.

Taken by Jake on his iPhone


As you can probably guess I took far too many photos and so this is the second post out of goodness knows how many! This time around I'm sharing some of the many different species of bird from all over the world, of which I obviously had great fun photographing - bird watching being one of my greatest hobbies.

To kick it off we'll begin with the 3 species of Penguin housed at the Zoo.
Edinburgh Zoo is currently home to a group of bachelor King Penguins, 70+ Gentoo Penguins and a small colony of the endangered Northren Rockhopper Penguins. 
An interesting fact about the zoo and it's King Penguins is related to it's logo (see first photo), and the reason that one features there is that they were not only one of the very first species ever to be kept at Edinburgh Zoo, but in 1919 they were bred there - the first ever captive breeding of the King Penguin worldwide! They also happen to have a very special member of the group in the form of Sir Nils Olav, knighted in 2008, he was awarded an honorary colonel-in-chief of the Kings Guard in the Norwegian army!
Depending on the time of year that you visit you could find the 3 species all at the awesome Penguin Rock, with its fabulous underwater viewing window so you can watch them all having so much fun swimming, or in February/March time you will see that the Rickhoppers have been moved to a separate enclosure (this is to help simulate what would be their migration) at the bottom of the big cat walkway as it's their breeding season. We just so happened to be there on the day they were getting moved and seeing them explore their 'new' home was a lot of fun.






Onto the larger birds and birds of prey and some pretty impressive 'hair' dos.
A quick low down of the photos above:
Black Stork - The zoo is home to two male and one female Black Storks.The youngest male was found badly hurt in the wild and once rehabilitated was unfit for release into the wild, hence Edinburgh becoming his home.
East African Crowned Crane - There are three endangered East African crowned cranes, two males and one female at Edinburgh Zoo.
Eastern White Pelican
European Eagle Owl 
Egyptian Vulture - The Egyptian Vultures are endangered in the wild. The two living here are both females and came from Bulgaria in 2011.







Finally, lets talk about 'Brilliant Birds'. This is a new(-ish) attraction...or to me at least as I haven't been since the 90s haha! Opening in 2011, Brilliant Birds is a walk through aviary, housing some completely stunning species of birds from all over the world.
I was completely in my element and could happily of sat on the bench in there all day. Unfortunately (as I like to reiterate to you so you know why my photos are so poor) I have an ever failing camera lately and it particularly struggles when put into a higher iso, so I didn't manage to get as many photos as I'd of liked.

Among the special feathered beauts were a critically endangered pair of Bali Starling, of which there were a mere less than 50 left in the wild. This is where I stand up for zoos and their breeding programmes as if these birds weren't in captivity it's likely they could of become completely extinct over the past few decades. (The white lady with the black tips on her wings and tail feathers and the blue part around her eye is one of the two sisters currently in the aviary.)

The others above in order are: the Java Sparrow, the Nicobar Pigeon (which is interestingly the closest living relative to the Dodo!!), the Chestnut-backed Thrush, the Bali Starling, the Lilac Breasted Roller (one of my favourites, but she was practically glued to the roof so I was a little gutted not to get a better photo of her) and the Victoria Crowned Pigeon.



How fed up of hearing about birds are you now? Have 10 UTW points if you actually read all of the above and you can leave me the name of your favorite one in the comments if you did ;P 




20 comments:

  1. The penguins are adorable!! I'd love to see one in real life.
    The Egyptian vultures are actually quite beautiful!
    Great photos!

    Renee
    www.losetheroad.blogspot.ca

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    1. Havent you seen one?! They are so funny to watch. Its really awesome to see how much fun they have swimming around.

      Thank you!

      xo

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  2. I love Crowned Cranes, they are my favourite birds. I think Zoos do a fantastic job of conservation, and increasing awareness of what we can do to protect other species. I'd love to go to Edinburgh Zoo, especially to see all the different Penguins!

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    1. They are pretty jazzy arent they?! I dont think I could ever choose a favorite - far too many beautiful birds in the world.

      xo

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  3. Birds are among some of my favourite animals so I always enjoy anything bird related! Bali Starlings are utterly gorgeous birds, I am definitely going to have to book a trip to Edinburgh to see them, and those Egyptian Vultures - beautiful! You always take such gorgeous shots Danielle, and I love the one Jake got on his iPhone too - another great post! - Tasha

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    1. We definitely have that in common :) Yes! You really should go. The Brilliant Birds aviary is, well, brilliant!
      Thanks so much Tasha. You never fail to make me smile with your amazing comments.

      xo

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  4. Pelicans are amazing to watch! They are massive and oddly graceful all at the same time. When Kris and I went to Amsterdam Zoo we saw the pelicans being fed, my gosh was it crazy! Crazy impressive but crazy!

    I loved these photos!!

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    1. Ha, yes, exactly! Great way of describing them. I'd only ever seen a couple briefly at Kielder until these ones and they all seemed to be having a wash :)

      Thank you!

      xo

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  5. I haven't been to Edinburgh Zoo in absolutely ages! I really need to check out how much tickets are and drag the husband along with me sometime soon. We've been saying for a while that we would like to go again. Maybe once I have a better camera to use again! Your pictures are amazing :)
    Debi x

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    1. It's around £17 per person Debi! There are baby meercats just now and the penguins have just started laying eggs, get yourself along after the school holidays!

      xo

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  6. Beautiful photographs as always, Danielle. I've said it before but I really love your nature photography so much!

    My favourites have to be the penguins - there's no contest! I particularly love Sir Nils Olav, because how can you not love a a penguin who's part of the Norwegian army?!

    x

    p.s. sorry to hear someone left a mean comment on another post - chin up, pet, there are so many more positive comments to focus on and be proud of!

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    1. Thank you very much!!
      And heck yeah, I love how he's been knighted...so cool!!

      And ah, it's alright, it first it didn't bother me until she just kept going and wouldn't stop arguing. I had plenty people on my side though. :)

      xo

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  7. These are such lovely photos!! I absolutely love the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo - they're definitely my favourite. The last time I was there I was so looking forward to the penguin parade but none of them wanted to go out! So sad... haha. Lucy, aspectatorsport.com xx

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    1. Thank you so much! They are fab aren't they?! It was the same for us, only 1 wanted to venture out, but it was so sweet and I ADORE that they don't force them to come out. Sign of a good Zoo indeed.

      xo

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  8. I'm a penguin through and through kind of gal!!! Those photos are amazing! Edinburgh Zoo is one of those places that reminds me of being young and so overwhelmed by all the fantastic things there.

    Zoe xx
    zoeclairer.wordpress.com

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    1. Ahaha, I can see why. Such charming little guys and gals! Thank you!!! Yes, me too. I remember going up on the train with my Mam and Dad and little cousin as a child. All he wanted to see was the Lions! And all I did was stand and talk to the person that had all the illegal ivory etc, finding out all about the bad things that people do and why they now need to be in the Zoo.

      xo

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  9. Penguinsss! Awh they're so sweet! Lovely photos! Abi :)
    http://www. myw0rldmyview.co.uk

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    1. Theres a Penguin webcam on their website so you can watch them in real time ;)
      Thank you!

      xo

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  10. I can never see too many penguin photos! Love them...and...the Lilac Breasted Roller is my new favourite, so colourful and I've never seen one :) x

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    1. It seems they are a popular animal! And yes, I'd never seen one before but it definitely caught my eye - stunning!

      xo

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