Friday, November 8, 2013

Living Desert Zoo & State Park

November 9, 2013

Linking up Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-b-birdin  
I hope you are joining in and posting your birds and critters.

 I am sharing some critters from the Living Desert Zoo in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The Living Desert Zoo exhibits 40 species of native animals and hundreds of species of native plants. These are critters and plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. There is 1.3 miles of trail, walk along seeing the wildlife, native plants, flowers and of course seeing the native wild birds.



It was in the Aviary, I saw my first Roadrunner. They are quick movers and kind of funny to watch. I did not count this captured bird as a lifer but later in the trip I started seeing the Roadrunners in the wild. I was really surprised to see a lot of House Sparrows in the Aviary.


I love the cute roadrunner and the  hare riding the armadillo?

The Roadrunner in the aviary.


Are these birds are native to New Mexico,  they look like they belong in Costa Rica. They are a cute couple. I do NOT  remember their name, I am guessing the Red-Crowned Parrot.


A display of the pretty native plants.


A Eurasian Collared Dove, not a native but I found it in one of the trees in the zoo.


Besides the zoo critters, I was seeing the wild birds in the zoo like the Yellow-rumped Warbler above.


A cool Mountain Lion seen at the zoo, I did get to see (no photo) a real wild mountain lion at the Bosque Del Apache NWR later in the week.


The Black Bear is another native animal seen in New Mexico..




The Great Horned Owl..


A beautiful butterfly on one of the native plants.


One of the many Red-Shafted Flickers I saw at the zoo and during the week.


Pretty sure this is another Townsend's Solitaire seen at the zoo.


This was one of the few lizards I saw during the vacation, I was expecting to see more.


The native plants at the zoo attracted many different butterflies and moths. I believe this one is a Sulfur..Clouded Yellow.


Another one of the pretties.  I have to find a website for native butterflies and moths of New Mexico.I hope you enjoyed the walk thru the zoo.

Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy weekend.
 To see more beautiful photos and cute critters

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50 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Eileen
So hard to think of bear as native to a place like New Mexico. And you can KEEP your mountain lion sighting in the wild-that would scare me! But, yea, it sounds pretty cool.
Loved the zoo tour!
Happy weekend
(it's raining here--I wouldn't mind that at all, but I'm going to a craft show with crotchety Dolores-ugh)

Pam :) said...

The desert is is alive with beautiful wild things and you captured each one perfectly Eileen.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Joop Zand said...

You have made very good pictures Eileen...... it's a lovely serie.

wish you a good weekend.

Bye, Joop

Mersad said...

Really great series! Thanks for sharing.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eillen!!!
Great post!!!You're so lucky visiting this place!!!So many wild animals and birds!!!Excellent captures!!!Thank you for sharing!!
Have a happy weekend!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

trav4adventures said...

Our Living Desert here in Palm Desert is modeled after this one. It has a mountain lion, 2 bobcats, and a jaguar, along with other animals, including 2 Mexican wolves. You should come see ours sometime!
Cheryl Ann

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE that Mountain Lion picture! They are such beautiful creatures aren't they? So majestic.

Lynne said...

Great zoo photos from your New Mexico visit. Happy you saw a Roadrunner in the wild!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

sadly i always see armadillo on the road died. i want to c one alive & well. i knew u would spend lots of time with the birds. more bird views to come i bet. luv the cactus. ( :

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty!! Reminds me of the Outdoor Desert Museum just outside Tucson AZ.

I LOVE the collared dove image.

Happy weekend from me, Hootin' Anni & Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Didn't realize that the black bear was a native!! Lovely parrots too!! Always such lovelies!! Neat juniper(?) evergreen bush that the Townsend Solitaire was eating from. So many berries!

katerchen said...

so schöne Bilder Eileen :D

einen LG zum Wochenende vom katerchen
der nur Regen und Sturm hat..

Irma said...

A beautiful series, Eileen.
Greetings Irma

sandyland said...

special

Montanagirl said...

Nice captures, Eileen! I would love to get a good photo of a Roadrunner someday!

Carol L McKenna said...

Beautiful critter shots ~ Wow! ~ thanks, Happy Weekend to you, carol, xxx

Bob Bushell said...

What is the first butterfly is it, because it is a smashing item. I love it all.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series you show. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us. Wish you a good week-end :) Hanne Bente

Brian King said...

A great variety of critters! My daughter would love it! The butterfly photo is beautiful!

Debbie said...

another wonderful series, looks like you had great weather and amazing views!!

have a great weekend!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pretty cool to see wild bird visiting...it is a really neat place. I am so glad to read that you went to Bosque Del Apache.

Phil Slade said...

Well Eileen that was an interesting day out, seeing all those captive birds and animals but also the wild ones. I like the way you say you saw a mountain lion but didn't get a picture of it - no chance of a close-up there hey? I love the Gt Horned Owl shot + the Townsend's Solitaire taking the berries. Have a great weekend, both of you.

Nancy Claeys said...

What a wonderful collection Eileen -- you visit the most interesing and critter-filled places. :)

Chris Rohrer said...

YUP! That's a Townsend's Solitaire:) They love those berries! Looks like a great place to familiarize oneself with all of our desert critters. I love Roadrunners....amazing birds! Great shots!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots of the zoo inhabitants and insect frequenters. I love the metal sculptures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

So many wonderful critters! I love the mountain lion.

Karen said...

Terrific shots! I'd love to see a roadrunner!

EG CameraGirl said...

I never knew there's a parrot native to New Mexico. That seems very exotic to me!

Betty Manousos said...

beautiful! so beautiful!
i really like the ones with the butterfly.
simply gorgeous! you're so lucky visiting this place, eileen!

happy weekend~
big hugs!

George said...

This looks like a great park to visit -- birds, 'critters' and beautiful plants. Thanks for taking us along with you.

Louisette said...

Wonderfull desert, animals fotos, nice place fauna flora, have a nice sunday.

rainfield61 said...

I only see my roadrunner in the Internet.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

The desert really is a beautiful place full of life, and your photos are a reminder of that.

Carletta said...

Many wonderful captures Eileen!
I'm really liking the butterfly shots; especially the first one.
Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your Zoo photos!
Have a nice sunday! RW & SK

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is a beautiful series of shots! I especially love the parrots.

Carole M. said...

I loved the g.h.owl and the first butterfly the most Eileen; lovely series overall though

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - it must have been fantastic to see the Mt. Lion!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri Buster said...

Wonderful set of critter shots!

tradgardssurr said...

I especielly loved one of the butterflies, so cristal clear! :)

Jo said...

Your butterfly images are beautiful, Eileen. I loved seeing all the other creatures too, especially Townsend's Solataire and the Great Horned Owl. Hope you're having a great weekend. Jo

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely selection of photos, what an amazing array of birds and animals

Pallavi said...

What a lovely collection dear Eileen. The bird couple look so much in love.. It's adorable :)

Have a lovely week ahead. Much love .

lina@family tips said...

Wonderful series of critter shots, Eileen.
Thanks for dropping by :)

Icy BC said...

All gorgeous shots, Eileen! It was a treat to see the butterflies again!

edenhills said...

So many wonderful critters to see! Great captures.

NatureFootstep said...

a great collection of fine animals and critters of all kinds. I especially enjoyed the Mountain Lion and the butterfly.

Maria said...

What variety of wildlife!

Elaine said...

You've certainly had a beautiful trip! Your butterfly photos are outstanding!

Helma said...

A wonderful variety of birds, butterflies and nature.
Wonderful to see Eileen.
Thanks for sharing :-)

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