Normally I am not a fan of zoos or other places where animals are held outside their native territories, and the Tracy Aviary was a similar feeling. Setting those emotions aside we ended up spending a couple of hours touring their facility.
Giving myself a challenge I used a 400mm Canon lens and a single point focus to get through the cages/netting to get the camera to focus on the subjects, with some color correction to minimize the grid patterns that were remaining.
I am happy enough with the results there are enough good shots for 2 postings.
I am not a birding person, therefore other than the very basics (ducks, pigeons and seagulls!) I have difficulty identifying the specific breed, so all identifications were done using Google Images – feel free to send corrections.
We start with a Trumpeter Swan
Long Billed Curlew
Great Horned Owl – Despite the slight grid from the cage this is one of my favorite photos I have taken in a long time.
Long-Eared Owl keeping an eye on me.
Red Tailed Hawk
White Faced Whistling Duck