Hope to be back on the blogging again shortly as Im back on to writing my book so will be in front of Ipad quite a bit.
This is a tester just got to see how we add pictures etc
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Cannot believe it but its still very sunny here on the coast the temps gone down a little now but theres still people buzzing around the place mingling with staff so thats all good.
We have a couple of regulars now who brought their African Grey in earlier this year and i think they have now got the record for most visits in one year :-), its a good job theyre lovely people too.
We are now stopping birds coming in for this year so we do not fill the winter rooms, they may be needed for emergencies, and to tell you the truth I am sure Ruth will relish the break as its probably been one of our busiest years ever for birds coming in but she and all the animal staff have managed, as they always do.
A few of the older and more frail birds are starting to make their way into some of the winter buildings also, so don’t be disappointed if there’s one or two empty aviaries, it wont be for long, just till we move something in them for the winter.
All the animals and birds are doing very well and no doubt enjoying this last bit of warmth, albeit the wind seems to be getting up a little, but i do believe its forecast, so cant grumble and will blow the last of the wasps away :-), seems like the entire country has been plagued by them this year and due to the amount of fresh fruit we offer, this doesnt help, but its all in the birds best interest so just something we have to put up.
Petes just finishing the underfloor heating in the new macaw extension which will be around 7500 cubic feet + a brand new steel lined building offering ample more housing for them. We shall also attempt one of our famous water features 🙂 we will get it right one day.
Baby meerkats and vasas are doing spectacularly well and are seen on show most of the time now.
So all in all i think the words are: So Far So Good
Bring on the winter…… brrrrrrr
Weathers held out very well making it a good weekend yet again, although it does feel a little cooler today, may catch up on some paperwork now, thats if theres any to do, i dont get a look in now the new admin ladys took over, oh other than signing cheques 🙂
The Galahs, Bare Eyed’s, Goffins and some Lessers are now in their new enclosures and loving it, just been to check on them and are all still exploring so that will keep them busy for a while.
The last Greater Vasa chick has made an appearance at the nest hole and stood on the outside shelf just the once so hopefully he will be with the flock later today and mom can get that much needed breather she may even start to get some of her feathers back a little, its amazing how many visitors come down and ask about the scruffy black and yellow parrot querying what the problem with it is? There is no problem, its just an amazing manifestation that the Vasa parrot goes through when in breeding condition and turns from the stunning sleek black parrot to something that looks like a yellow bald eagle, she actually only looks good for about 4 months of the year, the rest is either losing feather or growing them back, but she has been a great mother yet again.
Take a look:
Meerkat babies still doing fine, just a few more day and they will be out of the woods and hopefully running around a little.
Lemur babies are doing ever so well being totally independent of mom now in the day time, just the odd feed and cuddle here and there.
Thats it for now, off for a walk around the nature reserve.
Never anticipated the feedback from you guys concerning the Meerkats, so here’s a few more picture,
Listen to a little ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’ theme tune while watching 🙂
Dodgy City at Sunset:
Get a little work done and pan for some gold
The guys are waiting for Cleo’s to open and taste their First real Tequila
Took a while to find the upper floor but Clint Northsteel found the bar
Wasnt long before the posse found em
Ended up attending the first funeral ( only joking) 🙂