Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I’ve been searching for places to go in the area and found TGR Wildlife Park just a little over a mile from where we are staying.
So on a Sunday Phil and I went over there. It’s a fenced in park in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
The first thing I noticed was this screeching that sounded like a baby crying.
It was this Hornbill!
TGR Wildlife Park was started by a couple a few years ago, their first animal was a pot bellied pig and the park grew from there.
They now have over a 100 animals, most of them rescues from people who thought it would be cool to have maybe a kangaroo or some other animal in their back yard.
I love LLamas
We were taken around the park by two guides that were funny and knowledgeable about the animals.
I love Servals ,I wish I could have one.
This is Mouse. He is the park’s rat killer. Also a rescue.
A spotted Hyena that was just beautiful I wish I could have gotten a picture of her with her mane standing up.
The park has several several porcupines from different parts of the world.
Kunekune Pigs from New Zealand
A couple of Capybaras
We chuckled over this sign
Yellow Headed Vulture
Books I've been reading.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I went to Kleb Woods on Wednesday for the Sparrow Identification class that Fred Collins was teaching, and while the class was interesting and informative, the best thing about going on Wednesday was that he had a surprise for us after the class.
Sumita Prasad was there to band the hummingbirds.
I’ve never seen hummingbirds banded before, so I was excited to be able to watch them capture these tiny creatures and band them.
Here is Sumita Prasad and her boss setting the cages up.
She set up a couple of cages and then we waited. Finally after about 30 minutes, success!
Here is the tiny hummingbird in the cage.
Sumita has removed the hummingbird and is fixing to put it into the mesh bag.
These are two of the little bands that are put on the legs of the hummingbirds
Sumita carefully removes the hummingbird from the mesh bag.
She will measure the hummingbird and check to see if it has been banded before. If not, then she will band it and make a record.
Banding is important because it allows us to keep a record of the bird's age, sex, condition, plumage characteristics, and it’s migration.
This was a young female with no tail.
Look at that tiny head
This was a Rufus female that didn’t have a tail but did have a band on. Sumita had banded her last year.
How to weigh a Hummingbird:
After the measuring and weighing, Sumita lets the hummingbird de-stress by giving her a little drink.
Now for the release. She wasn’t in any hurry to go, so Sumita had to goose her a little.
I loved watching the hummingbird banding.
Here are the books I’ve been reading: