Green oasis in the desert

Allmänt / 2014-03-23 / 18:14:46
My first two weeks here at Al Wabra have been awesome, and I'm really starting to settle in and find my way around the place. Or.. well.. around the bird houses at least. Al Wabra is HUGE and some parts I haven't even seen yet! It is truly a beautiful place and the birds have some of the most amazing aviaries I've ever seen!
Here are some pictures from one of them, enjoy!
 
Female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
 
 Male Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
 
 
 Phillip's Dik Dik (Madoqua saltiana phillipsi) The cutest little anthelope I've ever seen!
 
Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)
 

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) and Blue-headed Macaw (Primolius couloni) in the gorgeous Qatari sunrise!
 
 
 

Volunteering at Universeum

Allmänt / 2014-03-08 / 13:06:47
For the last few weeks I've spent my mornings at Universeum in Gothenburg, a science center with a rainforest exhibition full of beautiful and interesting birds. Mainly I've handled the daily count and health check of all the individual birds. Since the rainforest is quite large and some of the species of smaller passerines (tanagers, siskins etc) are pretty well represented, this is not as easy as it sounds. I've gotten to really improve my skills at sighting their tiny color-bands that ID them. I've also been looking for behavior indicating breeding, for example birds flying with nestmaterial in their beaks, females being gone for most part of the day or birds courting each other. I haven't worked with birds this way before, and my main reason for wanting to help out at Universeum was so that I could practice these things and to learn more about how to manage a mixed species aviary like this.
 
Unfortunately, the species that I've focused on are too tiny and restless to photograph with an Iphone! But here are some pics of the larger and less hyperactive birds :)
 
Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias)
 
 Big George, Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)
 
Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)
Toucans nest in hollows in trees, and when I was in Ecuador a pair of this species nested in one of our artificial nestboxes that we had put up for the parakeets. Unfortunately no chicks were hatched, I would have loved to see that!
Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)
An interesting fact about these birds is that they dig tunnels in the ground in which they nest. I saw this species in both Ecuador and Mexico, truly gorgeous birds!
 
 The other day when we were working up on the glass roof of the rainforest one of the sunbitterns noticed us and was not too happy about it! This it a trick they have to scare off predators, the spots on the wings look like eyes and the sunbittern is perceived as much bigger and more frightening than it actually is.
 
A pair of Red Siskins (Carduelis cucullata) had eggs in a nest that we had put up and were able to monitor with a camera, unfortunately the eggs never hatched. Hopefully the next clutch will!
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