Our groundskeeper and photographer extraordinaire @flykng has done it again: captured a magic bird moment on our Mission Creek campus. This stretch of the creek isn’t just a nice place for humans to play: it’s a great habitat for animals like this Red-Shouldered Hawk. Many of the photos we share of raptors (birds of prey, not their distant dinosaur relatives) are of the resident avian ambassadors in the Eyes in the Sky program, but this is a wild-living hawk! Brent Flaaten spotted it perched on an oak limb and had his camera at the ready. Not walking around with a zoom lens? Check out a pair of binoculars at the Nature Club House to do some spontaneous birding! See how many different species you can spot here. #buteolineatus#birding#bird#birdsofinstagram#hawk#raptor#birdwatching#birdlovers#museum#nature#beautyinnature#naturephotography
Hi all, Blue’s human here 👋.
Time for an Opal Update:
I want to start by saying that Opal is physically healthy. Her feathers are starting to change to a golden yellow color and she is gorgeous. She eats like a race horse and flies around her cage with a stamina that I wish I had.
I worry about her mental health though.
Opal does not see humans as social companions at all. She is terrified of me and manically flies around her cage if I go near it. I have had her for a few months and her fear of people has not lessened at all 😔.
She is done with the quarantine period and is free from all diseases so I moved her cage into the same room as Blue. I had hoped to slowly introduce them.
Opal vocalizes whenever Blue makes a sound and runs around her cage to follow Blue whenever he moves. She clearly is bird oriented and wants so badly to interact with him.
He wants absolutely nothing to do with her.
He completely ignores her for the most part. She is not on his radar at all. Blue sees humans as his social companions and does not know he is a bird. If I am holding Blue and we get close to Opal he has an absolute fit. He throws a parrotlet tantrum and runs up my arm AWAY from where she is.
Blue gets social interaction from me and seems content with that.
All Opal wants is to be near Blue, and he is having none of that. I worry that it might mess with her mental status. She refuses to come out of her cage to interact with me or Blue. She does not seem happy.
I am at a loss as to what to do. I kind of feel like a bad bird mom.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated ❤️.