Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Day 2 - Mt Washington and National Aviary

On Saturday, we toured around Pittsburgh with Mike and Amanda. Here they are at one of the scenic overlooks on Mt Washington. That is the Monongahela River in the background.

View from Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh

Here is a better view including a few of the many bridges in Pittsburgh.

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This is looking the other direction. The point area behind the bridge is the start of the Ohio River.

That is Heinz Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, just beyond the bridge.
The Monongahela Inclined Plane at Mt Washington in Pittburgh

This the Monongahela Inclined Plane. It was built in 1870 so that people didn't have to walk up and down a zillion steps each way.

Here are Margot and me.
Inca Tern at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

I had no idea that the National Aviary existed. It is home to all sorts of birds from around the world.

This is an Inca Tern from South America.

This is some sort of burrowing owl.
Snowy Egret at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

I didn't pay that much attention to the bird names. They had picture boards to identify the birds but I didn't take a picture of all of them.

The next few pictures were all in a small room. You can walk right through and get very close to the birds.

This one was just a few feet away.

Click for a larger view.

This one is checking me out.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

There were several Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.

I'm not sure if the mouse was there on purpose or not. Anyway he had a huge food source with all the spilled bird seed.
Cut-throat Finches at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

The are Cut-throat Finches.

I don't know. If you do drop me a note and I'll update the blog with the correct names.

This is a Fruit Loops bird.

This a close up of the foot of what I think is a Steller's Sea Eagle.
Steller's Sea Eagle at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

Here is the entire bird.

The Bald Eagles were both rescue birds. One was missing part of his wing. They were unable to fly.

There was a Penguin pool.

These are African Penguins.

They were pretty active.

The Cape Shelducks seemed to be having a turf battle with the African Penguins.

The Cape Shelducks are from South Africa as are the African Penguins.

Not sure what this is.
Victoria Crowned Pigeon at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

This is a Victoria Crowned Pigeon.

This is a Rhinoceros Hornbill which is native to Southeast Asia.

No idea.

Again, no idea.

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