Galapagos Brown Pelicans

Brown pelicans were frequent visitors to the Celebrity Xpedition during Kongo’s visit to the Galapagos Islands last week.  The amazing birds are graceful in flight and have an uncanny ability to skim just inches above the waves while searching for food. The have keen eyes and always turn up when there are fish around. Advertisements

Wild Turkey of Wall Street

This isn’t exactly Wall Street.  But it is a turkey.  A wild turkey that was wandering about in Battery Park near where the tourists get on the boats to the Statue of Liberty.  No stock tips from this guy.  He just wandered around and pecked at bits of popcorn left over from some passing muncher.

Sunset at Shell Beach

Last evening Kongo took advantage of a nice sunset to capture these two enjoying the evening at an overlook at Shell Beach near La Jolla Cove in San Diego.  The shoreline in this area is usually crowded with tourists and locals alike this time of day. Parking is always a challenge but the monkey scored a convenient spot nearby and didn’t have to lug his gear too far.

Pelican Love

You can tell it’s pelican mating season just by looking at them.  The throats of California Brown Pelicans turn bright red and stay that way until after the eggs are in the nest. Both male and female pelicans help build the nest and care for the young.  Kongo spied this good looking pelican looking to hook up along the shore at La Jolla Cove in San Diego late this afternoon.

Cock of the Walk

It’s easy to see why this bright orange bird is called the “Cock of the Walk.”  It’s an expression that evokes flashiness, bossiness, and dominance over those lesser beings in the barnyard. This Andean Cock of the Walk at the Parker Aviary in the San Diego Zoo today was making a lot of noise as befits a Cock of the Walk in mating season.

Hiding in Plain Sight

While Kongo was getting snowed in on the East Coast and dueling the never-ending polar vortex events in Southern New Jersey things were Springtime busy in Southern California. For the last week or so Mrs. Kongo has been texting about a hummingbird that was building a nest in the camellia bush in the covered entrance just outside the front door.  Kongo got to see the new arrival this morning.