In my lifetime, I can count on one hand the number of times I have gone out to photograph wildlife (not in zoo), especially birds. However, I have done my best bird watching at an aquarium, ironically. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an exhibit for shore birds and these birds are so used to being ogled and photographed and seem unfazed by all the attention. Thus it was the best spot for me to photograph them.
This year thus far I have been to the aquarium four times. Before this summer, I cannot remember the last time I went. But this summer we hosted my husband's childhood friend from the old country and we wanted to show him the very best that this area could offer - so we thought we'd take him to Monterey Bay Aquarium. When we got there we learned that the aquarium is a nonprofit organization and decided to buy the annual pass (which actually included an additional 2 guest passes) instead of a one-time ticket. That decision paid off wonderfully when two out-of-town guests were interested to see the aquarium and so there we were only too willing to go with them :)
Anyway, I have four opportunities to bird watch and photograph. By the third time my husband was exasperated and did not mince any words when he said: Enough already! But how could I? The birds were so cute and they were used to being photographed.
These shots were from different visits.
I'm afraid I didn't pay too much attention on the names of the birds, sigh!
OUR WORLD TUESDAY