Long-Distance Flyers

Think you travel a lot? The diminutive red knot probably has you beat, traveling from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego—a distance of 9,300 miles each way—each year. And it does it all under its own steam.

We just added two of these long distance flyers to our Aviary exhibit. You can also view them on our live web cam.

While red knots could put most business travelers to shame, ours have been forced to stick closer to home, due to permanent wing injuries. The pair (a male and female) flew here—in a plane—from the Florida Aquarium, which has hosted them for more than a decade.

Reading up on Red Knots

Red knots (Calidris canutus) are one of the larger sandpipers, and can live to a ripe age. Scientists recently discovered a 21-year-old

The birds, which grow to 10 inches, can occasionally be seen in local estuaries such as Elkhorn Slough. But these sightings are rare. These mileage champs breed in some of the coldest places in the world, and winter in some of the hottest. While they travel vast distances, red knots depend on certain stops along the way to fuel up, such as in Hudson Bay and Brazil. This can create challenges for the birds if food sources—particularly horseshoe crab eggs—are in short supply due to overharvesting.

“We’re really excited to have them,” says aviculturist Eric Miller. “Though they’re not technically endangered, red knots in some parts of the world are declining, and this is a great chance for people to see them.”

OPENING ON THURSDAY!!!!!

In One Place or Another
August 7th-31st, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday August 7th 6-9pm
Aviary Gallery
48 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

The Photobook today, is as everyone says “much easier to create.” With an explosion of options available for printing, binding and so many photographers going into self-publishing or starting their own publishing imprint. What does a cross section of this publishing world of photo book, art book, zine, printed material look like? 

Curator: John M. O’Toole


Publishers
Lavalette, Hassla Books, Conveyor Arts, Oranbeg Press, Give an Onion/Branch, VUU, Mossless, Houseboat Press, Cadillac Ranch Dressing, halfling zine, Lodret Vandret, Mossless, Editions FP&CF, Empty Stretch, Papersafe, Ain’t Bad Magazine, Packet Biweekly, J & L Books, Little Brown Mushroom, TCB Press, Preacher’s Biscuits Books, Lena Publications and many self publishers! 

Below is a list of the Artists whose book or work appears in a publication is included in the exhibition. 

Artists
Colin Todd, Christopher Gianunzio, Thilde Jensen, Matthew Liefnet, Andrew Miksys, Yannick Willing, Tate Shaw, Tammy Mercure, Varvara Mikushkina, Sara Stojković, Kat Slootsky, Claudio Nolasco, Juan Madrid, Solomon D. Schechman, Max Branigan, Richard Perez, Carl Gunhouse, Paige Mazurek, Trevor Powers, Mike Finkelstein, Kelli Pennington, Guarionex Rodriguez Junior, Ben Alper, James Gentile, Michael McCraw, Timothy Briner, Daniel Augschoell, Michael Vahrenwald, TJ Elias, Meg T. Noe, Jordan Swartz, Nathaniel Grann, Stephanie Nortiz, Irina Rozovsky, Carlos Lowenstein, Maggie Shannon, Jay Muhlin, Michael Marcelle, Sophie T. Lvoff, Pauline Magnenat, Nat Ward, Ginevra Shay, Dan Boardman, Leigh Van Duzer, Mark Daniel Harley, Meghan Schaetzle, Curran Hatleberg, Lynley Bernstein, Quinn Gorbutt, Joe Lingeman, Josh Poehlein, Patrick Hogan, Matthew Austin, Seth Fluker, Nicole White, Eric Ruby, Daisuke Yokota, Ben Huff, Aaron Canipe, Nelson Chan, Jake Reinhart, Tara Wray, Sara J Winston, David Oresick, David la Spina, Amy Lombard Andrew Hammerand, Clayton Cotterell, Shane Lyman, Suzana Zak, Jeremy Haik, Jesse Hlebo, Coley Brown, Erin Jane Nelson, Andrew Frost, Colin Stearns, Magali Duzant, Jordan Baumgarten, Stephen Hilger, Lindsay Metivier, Jane Tam, Misha De Ridder, Sam Falls, Erik Schurbert, Pierre Le Hors, Kate Steciw, Bryan Graf, Charlie Rubin, Ryan Arthurs, Bryan Formhals, Samantha Sutcliffe, Nathan Bajar, Alec Soth, Brad Zellar, Lester B. Morrison, Jason Fulford, Michael Northrup, Greg Halpern, Natalie Krick, Claudia Angelmaier, Semâ Bekirovic, Charles Benton, Walead Beshty, Lucas Blalock, Talia Chetrit, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Jessica Eaton, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Stephen Gill, Daniel Gordon, David Haxton, Matt Keegan, Elad Lassry, Katja Mater, Laurel Nakadate, Lisa Oppenheim, Torbjørn Rødland, Noel Rodo,Vankeulen, Joachim Schmid, Penelope Umbrico, Useful Photography, Charlie White, Ann Woo, Mark Wyse Adam Bell, Lesley A. Martin, Alex Klein,Noel Rodo,Vankeulen, Arthur Ou, Lyle Rexer, James Welling, Shane Lavalette, Michael Bühler,Rose, Caleb Charland, Matthew Gamber, Johan Rosenmunthe, Bill Sullivan, Dick Lyon, Magali Duzant, Livia Corona, Mathieu Bernard, Reymond, Louis Porter, Benjamin Lowy, Damien Rudd, Jack Addis, Jenny Odell, Kieron Cropper, Manuel Birnbacker, Michael Younker, Mike Patterson, Rick Silva, Stephan Tillmans, Thomas Albdorf, Daniel Kukla, Caleb Charland, Jay Gould, Travis Hocutt, Robin Myers, Curiosity Rover, Andrew McFarland, Johnny Deguzman, Nate Grossman, Sylvia Kim, Chris Maggio, Tim O’Connell, Randall Phenning, Matt Richter, Elena Tarchi, Jessica Van Fleteren, Joe Leveanworth, Marie Angeletti, Aurélien Arbet, Jérémie Egry, Flemming Ove Bech, Steven Brahms, Baker & Evans, Asger Carlsen, Bryan Dooley, Maurice van Es, Ryan Foerster, Thomas Hauser, Nico Krijno, Mårten Lange, Inka Lindergård and Niclas Holmström, Winslow Laroche, Jeremy Liebman, Max J. Marshall, Andrea P. Nguyen, Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Nicolas Poillot David Schoerner, Anne Kathrin Schuhmann, Daniel Shea, Athena Torri, Hannah Whitaker, Grant Willing, Athena Torri, Bea Fremderman, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Stuart Bailes, Alana Celii, Bobby Doherty, Brea Souders and Sean Vegezzi, Jake McNulty, Romeke Hoogwaerts and Grace Leigh, Sebastião Almeida, Chris Bang, Miranda Barnes, Brittney Bowers, Steven Brooks, Lynn Cazabon, Casey Daisey, Chinwe Edeani, Kevin Eikenberg, Hogarth Ferguson, Jerome Freeman, Bradley Fulton, Jack Garland, Didi S. Gilson, Tifanee Gladney, Larry Gloth, Caitlin Gore, Julien Hairault, Stephen Harper, Richard Hatch, Rob Hauer, Sandy Honig, Andrew Howard, Patrick Joust, Tommy Keith, Kevin Koffi, Sam Lehman, Stefan Lind, Andrew Marino, Brian McSwain, Wojtek Mszyca Jr., Vesa Nissinen, Jay Normandale, Alvaro Gomez Pidal, Tony Popovic, Eli Potter Luke Pownall, Martin Raack, Ding Ren, Shannon Richardson, Isaac Sachs, Antoine Séguin, James Singewald, Stephanie Spring, Bryan Vana, Ian Vecchiotti, Patrick Warner, Matthias Winkel, Douglas Wittnebert, Patrick Wright, Brad Ziegler, Christine Zhu, Bridget Collins, Kathleen Tso, Nicole Reber, Ian Rousey, Anna Yanofsky, Danny Lane, Beth Zimmerman, Scott Landfried, Cassidy Zachary, Nicole Reber, Jenni Stablein, Chris Nosenzo, Tracy Jenkins, Tiffany Diane Tso, Elizabeth Farrell, Ian Lewandowski, Anthony Cudahy, Christopher Chavez, Ian, Anthony Cudahy, Ali Bosworth, Andrew Laumann, Andrew Phelps, Axel Stevens, Brendan Baker and Daniel Evans, Christian Flatscher, Christian Patterson, Clare Strand, Damien Brailly, Ed Panar, Guillaume Maraud, Irina Yulieva, Jaap Scheeren, Jason Fulford, Jeremy R. Jansen, Jordan Small, Juan Ramon Rincon, Kenny Hurtado, KK + TF , Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, Laëtitia Donval, Lara Dhondt, Maciek Požoga, Maxime Milanesi, Peter Halupka, Roger Ballen, Santa Katkute, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Kreb, Thomas Albdorf, Timothy Briner, Torbjørn Rødland, Aleksander Kelpman, Alexander Gronsky, Casey McGonagle, Charlie Engman, Clayton Lee, Cyrille Weiner, Daniel Grant, Daniel Shea, Delaney Allen, Dustin Aksland, Erin Hanson, Erwan Morère, Franck Juery, Hildegunn Larsen, Nick White, Innis McAllister, JH Engström, John Mann, Kate Steciw, Lin Zhipeng, Margot Wallard, Mathieu Lambert, Matthieu Gafsou, Max Peake, Maxime Milanesi, Michael Cinque, Missy Prince, Nich Kunz, Nicholas Gottlund, Nick White, Pierre Letulzo, Raoul Gatepin, Santiago Mostyn, Sean Stewart, Sebastian Mlynarski, Stephanie Gonot, Stevie Dacanay, Tommy Nease, Yann Lélias, You Li, Benjamin Mouly, Don Hudson, Daniel Gordon, Trey Wright, Andrew B. Myers, Anthony Gerace, Stefan Vorbeck/ Stillsandstrokes, Dominica Page, Richard Barnes, Céline Clanet, Cody Cobb, Thomas Gardiner, Ruel & Kitty Wicks, Doug DuBois, Eric Wiley, Angela Cherry, Zachary Zezima, Nicole Reber, Eric Wiley, Zoe Juarez, Conor Messinger, Chris Nosenzo, Aidan Koch, Ian Faden, Ian Lewandowski, Anthony Cudahy, Matt Maher, Monica Macias, Bridget Collins, Arden Sherman, Claudia Eve Beauchesne, Frank Traynor, Alli Maloney, Chris Nosenzo, Bobby Walsh, Jason Lee, Gerardo Madera, Robin Williams, Aidan Koch, Ryan Rinaldi Lauren Albert, Dan Allegretto, Annaliese Downe, Penelope Umbrico, Hannah Whitaker, Brea Souders, Andrey Bogush, Robert Canali,Inka & Niclas, Dillon DeWaters, Sara Cwynar, Mimi Plumb, Adam Ferriss, John Chervinsky, Brendan George Ko, Ivan, Mikhailov, Mark Stafford, Himmpei Takeda, Robert Canali, Alex Fischer, David Brandon Geeting, Bryan Krueger, Anouk Kruthof, Winslow Laroche, Jennilee Marigomen, Ian Markell, Josh Reames, Matthew Stone, Michael Youcker and many more.

I love these birds from the natural history museum. They’re like a crime fighting team. The super serious noble captain who has a shady and troubled past. The dreamy anime boy who lives for the sky. The one who’s constantly freaking out and is nervous and panicky but a whizz with tech stuff and computers. And the flirty sleazy one who does a lot of eyebrow waggling and makes that click click noise.

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National Aviary - Part 3

Out in the Rose Garden, we attended a brief outdoor show, featuring the lovely Ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) and Hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus), before heading back inside. Here I caught a picture of another hornbill, the Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), making for a good three hornbill species spotted during the trip.

Afterwards, it was straight up to the roof for another show, this one featuring some lovely raptors. This Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus) put on a spirited hunt (upon an unfortunate chew-toy with a chicken breast attached) for the audience, and a beautiful Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) showed off her wing feathers and grossed the audience out with some urohydrosis. Some Black kites (Milvus migrans) caught chicken-legs out of midair to cap off the show.

A brief detour through the Tropical Rainforest atrium yielded this great view of the bizarrely ornamented Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria). After this, we’d covered the whole of the aviary, and nearly missed a teeny-tiny raptor of some description, poking his head out of a nesting box. I think it could be a Pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus), but he wouldn’t show more of himself to aid in identification. Such is the way of things.

After a wholly pleasant visit, I left the Aviary to head for the last destination of the trip, the famous Carnegie Museum.

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Cockatiels
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA
July 18, 2014

There are a number of free-roaming aviaries in the Woodland Park Zoo, but a long-time favorite is the one with the myriad of cockatiels and parakeets. These birds are so familiar with the habits of zoo attendees that some (like the gentleman pictured in the first image) start hanging out around the people with dollar bills out in their hands.

Since the older one flew off to bother the zoo handlers after, I had a younger cockatiel feed from my hand for the minute or so of feeding we got from a single stick.

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