Don’t Look At My Hole! — Through Open Lens

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 160. Hispaniolan Woodpecker Why aren’t there any shark puppeteers? They have no hands! Interesting Fact: This woodpecker forages in small noisy groups; the diet is varied and includes insects, spiders, scorpions, lizards, fruit, seeds, grain and sap. It can catch flying insects on the wing, and larger food items are bashed on an […]

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Book Review – # 47 – Birds of Chile — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Birds of Chile – A Photo Guide Author: Steve N.G. Howell and Fabrice Schmitt Publisher: Princeton University Press Review: “The Photo guide to be reviewed today, brought me memories of several locations I visited on past years. The authors Howell and Schmitt are experienced as leaders with WINGS. They have created this comprehensive […]

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The Maxi Pi Factor

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I have a deep affection for Pionus Parrots.  And I’m sure many know that I’m owned by two Pi – Keito and Abby.

While Keito gets most of the airtime and social media splash, Abby, the Maximillian Pionus, is content to remain beyond the spotlight.


Abby is an older girl.  She spent her early life as a breeding bird and unfortunately, was subjected to mean and abusive behaviour from her breeding mate.  She came to live with me as a companion bird when she was 10 years old: that was 15 years and many, many, many head scritchies ago!



With a sweet, gentle personality, Abby isn’t comfortable with cameras, phones or even a lot of human interaction.  She and I have arrived at a comfortable relationship place where Abby solicits scitchies and ‘asks’ for closeness, but is equally happy to spend her days just hanging out on or in her cage, knowing all the while that she can at any time, move around freely and unencumbered.  Not quite as colourful as younger housemate Keito, Abby’s colours are just as gorgeous.  With dark and light green, olive and bronze-coloured feathers mixing with beautiful purple and lavender-coloured breast feathers, the Maxi Pi is a subtle beauty.  I love my big girl, and in her own, quiet way, Abby shows that she loves me too, every day.

Bird’s ID – Indigo Bunting — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Indigo Bunting The indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) is a small seed-eating bird in the cardinal family, Cardinalidae. It is migratory, ranging from southern Canada to northern Florida during the breeding season, and from southern Florida to northern South America during the winter. It often migrates by night, using the stars to navigate. Its habitat is […]

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Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures — News : NPR

Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they’re ready, the babies have missed the best food.(Image credit: Thomas Lameris/NIOO-KNAW)

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Busy Birdie Pastimes

For Keito, there’s no place more entertaining it seems then linen closets.  She chortles, struts and preens when in them. Here she is enjoying the bathroom cupboard… silly, sweet girl.

Shortly after our fun with the towels, it was Keito the Klingon time – she spotted something out the window and clung tight to mom while peering to see what dreaded monster lurked outside.

And lastly, I needed help from my girl to decide on that morning’s tea of choice. Big decisions always call for Keito’s input!