Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Magical Moment 516, "Musicians of the Air"

Eddie finds the coolest things for us to do! He discovered a small zoo called White Posts Farms on Long Island, with an enclosed outdoor avery full of parakeets, cockatiels, and canaries. Visitors can take popsicle sticks of birdseed into the area, and low and behold, you are covered with dozens of bright, beautiful, singing birds on your arms, shoulders, and finger tips (yes, there is a risk of being pooped on, but I was more than willing to chance it!). We stayed inside the avery for a long time (the only 2 adults without children with us, but oh well! We're children at heart). I had a blast looking at each lovely creature, and trying to capture some moments on camera (click to enlarge):

Eddie snapped this one.

Eddie made the mistake of putting his popsicle stick in his mouth for a split second!

Parakeets do NOT like to share!

Hello, Mr. Handsome.

 These birds have a lovely home.

 The action shots: I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out shutter speed on my camera!

There were many cockatiels as well, but they remained in their own little group and weren't quite as social.

 Hello Miss Beautiful.

"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art."
-Izaak Walton


Linda said...

I'm always fascinated by the beautiful colors and intricate patterns of birds' feathers. You've captured some wonderful images in this post, especially those action shots with the outstretched wings.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Hey! You got some great shots! Did you feel like Snow White, singing to her birdie friends?

Eddie said...

I had a wonderful time!

Mikko Tyllinen said...

:) Fantastic pictures! Very beautiful!

texwisgirl said...

oh, what an awesome place!!! i love that they are so free to fly and eat and bath and drink. WONDERFUL!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This looks like fun. I like the way you got the birds in flight. Neat. Eddie looks nice too:)

Hilary said...

You have some wonderful shots here. You sure figured out that shutter speed in no time. :) They're lovely little creatures, aren't they?

Pierre BOYER said...

Great !!
Enjoy your day...


Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, how I would LOVE to visit this place too. Lovely photos....you captured some 'once in a lifetime' shots!!!!
Parakeets are so cute and colorful.