...to continue the day trip along part of Texas's Independence Trail, this post is dedicated to the birds seen inside the Texas Zoo in Victoria, Texas. Some were free roaming while others, caged, were mostly raptors that had been injured and remain impounded for the rest of their lives. A sad situation for nature's finest, but still, they're not road kill or left out in some open field to perish unnecessarily, which could've been the case. Those of us who visit zoos oftentimes feel that this is cruel punishment, but in most cases, it keeps the species alive and perhaps reproduce to keep the gene pool going and not extinction. Besides, we learn so much, scientifically, this way...
Herring Gull [pink feet and very large!] - Roseate Spoonbill
White Tailed Hawk [one partial wing 'missing'] - Emu
Fan Tailed Pigeon [?} - Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Female Peafowl - Fan Tailed Pigeon [?]
Golden Eagle - Sandhill Crane
Red Tailed Hawk - Bald Eagle
The Mammals of the zoo were seen in PART I
Part three will be posted as soon as I can get the images resized for blogging....it will be the historical battleground that was part of Texas Revolution/Independence. Coming soon.