Pigeons Pheasants And Owls – Oh My!




Everywhere at the tiny Clay Center Zoo there are feathers. They may not have a big zoo, or a fancy zoo, or even nice enclosures for the animals but they do have birds!

This little zoo is home to ducks, geese, chickens, roosters, turkeys, peacocks, pigeons, doves, pheasants, owls, and even a big ol’ raven. No Mr. Raven didn’t say ‘never more’. In fact it sounded like he was telling everyone to ‘pull over!’

This trip through I managed to grab just a few shots of the birds; maybe next time Mr. Raven will pose for me too.

Around here you see pheasants all the time. Usually running across the highway in front of speeding cars, or stalking you as you walk around the Kirwin Wildlife Area. Yea, I got too close to a nest one day apparently. But I don’t usually have the opportunity to get so close to one. They are a very colorful bird!

1/250 - f/5.6 - ISO 400 - 225mm
1/250 – f/5.6 – ISO 400 – 225mm

We saw lots of pigeons… every color of the rainbow… every size… some slick… some fluffy… who knew there were so many kinds of pigeons. This little guy was actually pink! Maybe he was decked out for spring.

1/500 - f/5.6 - ISO 400 - 179mm
1/500 – f/5.6 – ISO 400 – 179mm

They have a couple of different owls there too and this barred owl didn’t seem to mind posing for a few shots.  I hope that when I pass by there again in a few days I will have time to stop and try to get a shot of the big great horned owl.

1/320 - f/5.6 - ISO 400 - 250mm
1/320 – f/5.6 – ISO 400 – 250mm

Enough feathers for today… more zoo-hopping images tomorrow.

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