A beautiful bird

I found this wonderful creature stalking around at the San Antonio Zoo.  He just looks so regal, don't you think? Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?  I am at a loss for most things bird-related...

This is technically my post for Tuesday, but it's online tonight since I will be out of reach most of tomorrow. Enjoy and let me know if you recognize him please!

Rhino at rest

While walking around the San Antonio Zoo, we came across the rhino enclosure.  I think rhinos are interesting - they seem somewhat prehistoric to me.  Anyways, this guy was just standing there when we first arrived, and I tried to get some shots but nothing was too exciting.  Anyways, he meandered about for a short while and then plopped down for a nap.  I was able to walk to the other side of his enclosure to get this shot.  Zoom in a little and presto!  Doesn't it seem like zoo animals are always napping?  I guess they get bored just like we would if we were cooped up forever.  One day I would love to visit Africa and get some shots of real wildlife, doing whatever they do in the wild - probably napping!

Dancing lorikeet

Inside the Lorikeet exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo, there must be a hundred of these colorful guys and gals flying around.  It's kinda weird.  They land on your shoulders and you can buy nectar to feed them.  This guy seemed to know I was taking photos of him, because he looked at me a few times, then started dancing from one foot to the next.  Maybe he was just hyper from all the nectar!

Old friends

Don't these two look like old friends?  I saw them sitting there and just thought of two old guys hanging out, chatting and playing checkers or something.  I believe these are macaws, though I am no bird expert.  I just like the color.  Always looking for color...

Just a flamingo staring at me

Doesn't he seem to be staring at me?  I just liked the picture, nothing too fancy or extravagant to say about it. I took this during my recent visit to the San Antonio Zoo.  I haven't been much into photographing birds until I made this trip.  Having snapped quite a few there, I have a new appreciation for their beauty and now find them much more interesting.  It's funny how snapping a few good pics of a new subject shed a different light on things for you.  Of course, capturing them in the wild is an entirely different animal (no pun intended).

Single image, f/6.3 and an exposure bias of -1.0 ev.  Some minor Contrast bumps in PSE and a little Saturation fix in Aperture...and that's it.

Rainbow lorikeet

I am not much of a bird guy.  My interest has mainly been just around birds of prey, such as eagles and hawks. The red-tailed hawk is my favorite, though I have yet to photograph one in the wild.  But that changed slightly when we recently went to the San Antonio Zoo.  There they have an enclosed area with all these lories and lorikeets flying around.  I really enjoyed it and took quite a few photos.  It is pretty interesting, and made more interesting by the fact that many of them will land on you and you can even buy nectar and feed it to them. It's pretty cool, unless you are bothered by birds landing on your head.  This guy just sat there for a minute or so, and fairly still I might add, as though he knew it was portrait time.  Most of the others were zipping around. I guess when you eat sugar all day you tend to get a bit hyper.

This is a single image taken at f/6.3 with an exposure bias of -0.3 ev.  ISO was 100.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE around Contrasts and that's it!

Sleepy bear

Recently we went to the San Antonio Zoo down in San Antonio, TX.  It's really a nice zoo and a good way to spend the day.  This grizzly bear was one of the first animals that we saw.  When we first arrived, he was in his pool taking a dip, and was pretty hard to see.  I could just barely catch the top of his head bobbing around, which just wasn't going to work as far as photography goes.  We kept walking and due to some good luck had to double back by his enclosure.  When we did, he was lumbering about, slowly making his way around the area and he finally settled down right in front for a nap.  I was pretty jazzed and had the camera working full speed.  

This is a single exposure, taken at f/6.3 and 0 ev.  I did some adjustments in PSE around Contrast and a little color fix in Aperture and that's it!