London Update: A Zoo Visit

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Black-cheeked lovebirds, Agapornis nigrigenis, a native of the African nation of Zambia. Image taken at the London Zoo.

Image: GrrlScientist 2 September 2008 [larger view].

Yesterday, I went to the London Zoo with one of my blog colleagues and reader, Bob O'Hara. Despite the fact that I dragged him through all the aviaries on the grounds, and spent the entire day snapping pictures of birds, he still speaks to me (I did bring him to a pub afterwards, so perhaps he forgot his resenment?). Anyway, this is one of the pictures I got of a pair of Black-cheeked Lovebirds in their flock that they keep in an outdoor aviary. The birds were getting ready to sleep for the night, so they were quietly snuggled together. This is not the best of images because the wire obscured the camera lens, but it's still good enough to give you an indea of what this lovely little species of parrot looks like. Of course, there is a much longer zoo report that I will write and publish later for you to enjoy, after I have better internet connectivity.

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Did Bob have to sedate all the birds with spiked feed in order to get you out of there?

By biosparite (not verified) on 03 Sep 2008 #permalink

Thank you for the wonderful picture! You did a great job of getting past the wire obstruction. I keep reloading your page in order to look at the peaceful birdies, and I just want to kiss their feet!

Tziporah -- they were very sweet and i absolutely enjoyed seeing them. since the zoo was closing, i didn't get to hang aorund and watch them very long, although i would have enjoyed it.