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The circle of life

At my new home, I happen to have a particular kind of neighbor. Actually I feel lucky to have such neighbors because they are so interesting.

These neighbors are a bird family. They have a nest next to my door and they, like me, are starting a new family. The analogies and symbolism reflected to my current life moment were a lot and meant a lot to me.

hatching egg

I too was moving into this new home, recently forming a new family (although no kids yet) and everything was as new to me as to those birds.

Every morning from my breakfast table I could see the new family interactions. The male bird bringing home food for the female bird while she was taking care of the eggs and later the male bird alert watching over while the female bird fed the baby birds.

I think that however liberal and egalitarian we want to be as a civilized species, each gender has a natural role. Girls have their “motherly” instincts and guys have the “provider” and/or “protective” instinct. Observing this in nature is fascinating.

Even more, having the opportunity to witness these events in the so-crowded-crazy-traffic-ultra-urban Mexico city is something very fortunate and unique.

baby birds

young birds

I couldn’t catch the exact moment when the birds took flight. Actually there was some trouble that day. One of the birds flew and fell in between two buildings, in an inaccessible hole left between constructions. Later I saw the mother bird flying over there to help. I think it did make it after all. The other one fell to the parking lot area below and later, mum helped there too and later in the day it was gone too.

Bird ready to fly away from nest

The nest was left empty for several months, all through winter. Then a few weeks ago, I noticed new bird couples scouting for a new home. Several came, saw the nest and went away. After a few days of the same interaction, one of the birds came and dropped a twig. I took that action as leaving the down payment for the new home. And soon enough, the new couple moved in, putting new things into the nest, fixing it to their liking.

Since the nest is right outside my door, I could check every day if there was new activity there. Two days ago, the circle of life is starting over.

new bird eggs

Some day, it will be my turn to talk to you about my circle of life, but it’s not my time yet. First, I have to update these pages with lots of stuff I missed to log in the last part of 2014, and the first part of 2015.

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A visit to the Guadalajara Zoo part 2: Birds

Green and red macaw

I hope you liked my first post about my visit to the Guadalajara Zoo. This second post is about the birds. I love their bright colors and soft feathers.

Taking pictures of them is not easy but I think I got lucky and have some good shots to share.

White swan

The swan lake: black and white swans

The ostrich

A bird with a funny "hair" style

A handsome parrot

Majestic peacock

I was very impressed by the peacock. I’ve seen quite a few in some places in Mexico but I rarely see them showing off their feathers. This guy was trying to impress a female and I think it even posed for my camera. Their personalities might be as cocky as they look.

Peacock colors

Black and white peacock

A red bird

Ducks in the pond

I remember when I used to hunt pheasants for dinner back when I was living in Hungary. It’s been a while since the last time I saw one. They males have beautiful feather colors, the females are just brown. I remember they taste great served in soups.

Male Pheasant

The predator birds are the most fascinating to me. The look in their faces, the way they stand. They are great looking birds.

Grey hawk

Oh the mexican eagle. A sad metaphor of our country these days to see this photo of this great eagle, symbol of our nation, behind a fence.

Mexican eagle

Pink flamingos are fun. They remind me of ballet dancers with the way the move and their leg extensions.

Flamingo leg extension

Their balance impresses me, how can they stand in one leg for so long and never fall down? I think I even saw one sleeping in that position.

Pink flamingos

There were many other birds that I couldn’t get the chance to take a good shot at, in a photographic way of course. Next post about the Guadalajara Zoo will be about the reptiles.