At The Zoo

Hubby and I ventured to a zoo close to where we used to live. There was not much to see but what was there seemed very happy and healthy. This bird had a huge enclosure to climb around. Lots of birds, ducks, and turtles. Got the biggest disappointment driving through our old neighborhood. It has deteriorated so much. Hard to believe it is what we called home.
Awesome shot
posted May 19th, 2015  
Shame to see them through the cage bars but there is no other way to keep them and they are healthy and well looked after! Another shame about the neighbourhood but you have great memories!
posted May 19th, 2015  
I'm pretty sure this is a healthy looking hawk headed parro http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/find-the-right-bird/unique-parrots.aspxt, . Sad how things change, but sometimes the inevitable decay and destruction leads to space for something wonderful to appear
posted May 20th, 2015  
That is SOME claw!
posted May 20th, 2015  
Awesome looking bird! Terrific colors and you got such great detail of him looking right at you!!
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal that is how you determine it is a parrot, two toes facing forward and two facing back to securely grip branches.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@pandorasecho Hmm, cool. I thought it was a hawk at a quick glance. Looks like a killer:).
posted May 20th, 2015  
@kerristephens Thank you, Kerri.
posted May 20th, 2015  
Such a cute capture.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@maggiemae This one loved climbing on the cage. It was a really large cage and better for them as they are really watching them with the bird flu continuing to go around. I was sad to see our house and all the other houses. Great memories is what we have, Maggiemae.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@pandorasecho Thank you so much for the link. I forgot to photograph the sign near this birds cage to let me know what it is. Not sure something wonderful will happen as far as the old neighborhood as the city has gone downhill as well. Not going back as it did not feel safe at all.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal Thank you, Amanda. I loved this bird and its claws it used to climb. They are sure watching over the birds with the bird flu still going around. Stockton sure has gone downhill. Did you ever go there? This is from Micke Grove Zoo.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@grammyn Thank you so much, Katy. I got lucky as it was easier to capture what was close to the cage and fun to see them up close too.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@mittens Thank you so much, Marilyn.
posted May 20th, 2015  
No, never did. I heard it was kinda a ghettoy scary place, though.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal We lived there 19 years. Moved there in 1981 and left in 2000. So lucky to get out but have some wonderful friends from work and neighbors from then that still live there. So out of control today.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@darsphotos Were there gangs? Ugh, sorry that you saw decline in your old home. 409. Is that the area code there? Or is it 411.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal There were gangs and there are gangs here in Elk Grove too. It was so sad to see where we once lived. (209) is the area code there. You have a pretty good memory Amanda.
posted May 20th, 2015  
There was a UFC fighter or two from there and he was stocton proud and would say 209. He was a thug:).
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal There are definitely some creepy people there. We went to a couple places to grab lunch and they have changed so much. Young kids work in them and menus are drastically different. I wanted to at first stop at the Mall but not any more. I feel for my friends that live there still. I truly would not feel safe and did not that day. I wanted a photo of the old house but there were people with the garage door open standing there so just passed by. The park around the corner looked the same except for all the cars and people. It used to be pretty quiet. Oh, now there are Canadian Geese there too. I think they are everywhere. A manmade lake in the middle. They say we cannot go backwards and in this case so very true.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@darsphotos Our old hood in FL was really run down when we visited again. It is sad.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@amandal You understand well then. Thanks for saying that Amanda. So sad to se change in the worst way. Glad we are both where we are now.
posted May 20th, 2015  
Great capture
posted May 20th, 2015  
@bkbinthecity Thank you very much, Brian.
posted May 20th, 2015  
I love how you caught the detail, and colors on his feathers. Beautiful bird, and shot, Darlene. I drove by my old place a couple weeks ago, and it is in such disrepair I almost cried. I vowed to take another route if I have to go that way again. Glad to see you posting again:)
posted May 20th, 2015  
Super capture
posted May 20th, 2015  
@pammerritt Thank you so very much, Pam. I was happy to capture something in the cages there. How sad that your old place is in disrepair. I am sorry. It is hard to see what can happen and change. We took a drive and usually do not go that direction and I wanted to see our old house. My MIL lived down the street from us in a triplex. It is so bad there now too. Fixing fences with plywood and so much junk. What a huge mess. I do not have much to post. May take a walk and see if there are pretty flowers in bloom.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@carolmw Thank you so very much, Carol.
posted May 20th, 2015  
A great composition and capture of this beautiful colored bird. Fav.
I may believe that you computer is o.k. by now? Welcome back to 365.
So sorry to read the mess of you old neighbourhood . Often happen when they are bound to dismantled. Happen to my old living place to.
No reason to get back at all as it`s to day a high way.
posted May 20th, 2015  
@pyrrhula Thank you so much for the comments and the fav. My computer has been replaced with a new one. iPhoto is new and is still not working like it is supposed to. I have to look through all my photos to get the one that I want. At least it is near the end usually. It is really sad to see an neighborhood get so bad and run down. I am sorry it happened to you as well. You are better off to have a highway than it so run down. No reason for us to return.
posted May 21st, 2015  
Good to be back in touch -- and with another great shot! Those talons are pretty impressive looking.
posted May 22nd, 2015  
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