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IAATE conference, 2012

Catching up on posting some travel/adventure photos: Here are a few from the IAATE conference (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) I attended last year. The people I met there were so wonderful! I was able to get away from my art table on zoo day to get a behind-the-scenes tour of their bird facilities, collection, and how they run their educational shows for the public. It was a wonderful experience with a great group of people!

A beautiful king vulture.

One of the prettiest red-tail hawks I’ve ever seen.

An adult harris hawk. I hope to work with one of these birds of my own through falconry someday! I just love them.

Spectacled owl.

Parrot setup with cages off the ground for easy cleaning.

A crowned crane. He was so much fun to watch!

Group of rare golden conures. They were showing interesting ‘baby’ behavior despite being adults.

Highest security chicken I’ve ever seen.

Another view of the king vulture. Gorgeous!

Adorable touraco. An interesting note about turacos - they produce a pigment called Turacin derived from copper which is intensely bright red and are the only birds in the world to do so. I believe all other birds (or at least most) produce their red color from carotenoids (the same thing that turns carrots orange) or other things - but this pigment family is unique. :)

And of course, a penguin!



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 9th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I LOL'd mightily at the high-security chicken. Must be dangerous!
Apr. 9th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Wish you'd been able to attend this year-- NEI was AMAZING!
Apr. 9th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous birds! <3
Apr. 9th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
That redtail is breath-taking! And the max security chicken just made me laugh. :) Beautiful pictures!
Apr. 9th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Beautiful vulture!
Apr. 11th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
YAY birds! Thank you for sharing photos :D

I can't wait to get some harris' hawks. Zack and I are going to get a couple as a gift to ourselves when we get our general licenses. MY friend's harris' has caught, and killed, two turkeys on her own. We hope to get some offspring from her! They are so much fun to watch pack hunt!

Apr. 11th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
That Harris hawk is beautiful. Yay for King Vultures! :D
Apr. 13th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Thanks.
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