I Love Pink Flamingos and the Zoo.

By: GardenGrrl , 11:56 PM GMT on July 16, 2010

Some time last week our rain spell ended. Now it is back to beastly hot again. Before the rains left us they offered one final gift. The weather report said it was going to rain the day we went to the zoo. I have a water proof camera and enjoy walking around during thunderstorms.
It didn't rain, but the reports kept the usual crowds away from the zoo. What fun to have the whole place almost to ourselves.

Fort Worth Zoo is rated one of the top 5 zoos in the country. It's my favorite because it has more pink flamingos than an upscale southern trailer park ;-) It also has giraffes, zebras, lots of monkeys and a giant flight cage full of parakeets and cockatiels that will land on your hand and let you feed them.

Our zoo day was made especially fun because at one of the flamingo exhibits (there are two), they were building nests and getting ready for mating season. Flamingos build nests with their oddly curved beaks at about one teaspoon at a time. Scoop. Pack. Scoop. Pack. The finished product resembles a large sand castle that the bird sits a top of.

One more fun flamingo fact. After fourteen years I found out my spouse has been keeping a secret. I am married to a "Flamingo Charmer". At another exhibit my spouse began making strange honking sounds sort of imitating them. This brought EVERY flamingo in the exhibit over to us. They started moving in circles, puffing their feathers, flapping wings. It was the great Ft. Worth Flamingo Hoe Down!

We thought it best to move on to another exhibit after about two minutes of fun. When we got to the elephants I asked my companion to remain silent.

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What a fuss was happening in the flamingo area as they built their sand castles. Each mound built with about a teaspoon of dirt at a time that they collect in their beak.
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It's nesting time at the zoo. The Flamingos were busy building and defending their sand castle nests.
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Dinner time in the feeding pool.
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I have only seen giant land tortoises in dry areas. These guys like to chill in the mud.
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South American alligator.
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This guy had enough of the ruckus and came to the rail. He either wanted out or some popcorn.
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Have you ever seen a deer stand up to graze? Actually I think this is an antelope of sorts.
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"Hey! some joker painted us the same color as the fence."
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"Check this move. Now the pink flamingos will have to give me props"
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Afternoon nap.
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33. sandiquiz
12:08 PM GMT on August 01, 2010
Hi GG,

Just stopping by to wish you "White Rabbits" and a very happy month. This year is flying by!!



Happy Sunday to you - hope your week has been a good one, and I am glad to see you are blitzing the house!! LOL :))
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32. plapman
1:06 PM GMT on July 29, 2010
Good Morning GardenGrrl
Enjoy the day
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31. GardenGrrl
10:20 AM GMT on July 29, 2010
So the week of rain in North Texas has wrapped up with me up all night watering the lawn and garden beds before heading off to work.
It rained everywhere but around here.

I was reading in a blog someone had quoted: "Nature abhors a vacuum." Somehow I got a mental picture in my mind of our utility room with the caption; "Hoarding, because nature abhors a vacuum." This prompted me to go take a good look and think to myself, hmmm, not too far from being featured on a Clean House intervention.

So, I am proud (or maybe a bit embarassed to say that there is now a three foot wide path through the room and one can see most of the table. The garbage guys were no doubt grumbling when they got to my house this afternoon. This months goal is to have nothing on the table or floor, only on the shelves.

Hi OGal, My sister lives in Tampa and has also said Florida is a bit sultry and heckish this year. Hope it isn't part of a hurricane pattern.

Hi Wanda, With all those storm cells can you believe we had maybe twelve drops of rain at our house. We live about 2-3 miles from the airport as the crow flies.
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30. oneshotww
1:04 AM GMT on July 29, 2010
So yeah, what's the deal with pets recently? Rio is very sluggish and acting like he's sick.

gg, almost got stuck in Dallas Monday night. We had to fly almost as far north as Illinois to get around the storm and head SE AFTER we sat on the tarmac for 2 hours! All I could think of was having to spend the night in Dallas and fighting to get a flight home the next day.
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29. OGal
11:14 AM GMT on July 28, 2010
Morning GG, reporting in from hot, hot Orlando. I feel sorry for the tourists that will be at the theme parks. Temps up to 98┬║, no rain and very high humidity. This is the way it was in 2004 when we got hit with four hurricane. The season started on Aug. 13th with Charley. Got my fingers crossed that it is not gonna happen again.

HOpe you have a good hump day!
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28. GardenGrrl
10:45 AM GMT on July 28, 2010
If you have been watching the radar over North Texas, the little sliver of no activity just above DFW airport, that's where my house is.
Still no rain, but was treated to a brilliant rainbow this evening.

Miss Roxie, knock-on-wood, seems to have recovered and is back to eating her regular food with no ill effect. Poor thing is just skinny now. Extra dinner will be in her future until she gains back the two pounds she lost.

Hi LC, thanks for stopping by. Roxie says "woof" to Dog.

Beachfoxx, That had to have been awesome! The morning conversation at your neighbors house may have started like this; "Honey, what were those drinks called we had at the restaurant last night?" ;)

Hi Calpoppy, Yeah, I was really getting worried. She didn't have a fever, blood or mucus coming from either end so I figured it had to be a blockage of sorts. After dosing with Pepto-bismal she was fine.

Hi Shore, Does seem like the horoscope says under the Wuba pet sign that health will be an issue for July. Let's hope August brings better tidings for our fur and feather friends.
btw, Really enjoyed your new WordPress posting.
Great photos and insite.
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27. shoreacres
3:30 AM GMT on July 28, 2010
It seems like it's care-for-the-critters time around here. Glad Roxy's better. I've been watching your radar for a while, trying to ooch that stuff over in your direction. It looks for all the world like you've got a fence up. I'll try harder - more postive thought, a la sp ;-)
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26. calpoppy
11:28 PM GMT on July 27, 2010
So glad miss Roxy is better. She is way to cute to be sick!
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25. Beachfoxx
4:31 PM GMT on July 27, 2010
Love the flamingos! My neighbor had a yard full a few days ago...... only they were plastic!

Someone had "Flamingo'd" here yard! LOL

It was pretty hilarious...... wake up to 25 or more plastic Flamingos in your yard... hehehehe
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24. LowerCal
4:28 PM GMT on July 27, 2010
Unfortunately it's always caveat emptor for sales oriented vs. service/customer oriented these days. Roxy is fortunate to have you as her advocate and caregiver. Dog & I wish you both a good rest and pleasant dreams. 3^)
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23. GardenGrrl
5:58 AM GMT on July 27, 2010
The wind has changed from east to west. Rain odds favored the 60% it would not rain in Lewisville. Will have to get the hose out and water the plants.

Poor Miss Roxy was feeling quite ill. Had to run her outside every 40min to an hour from Sunday afternoon until this evening. Am rather tired. This morning she threw up what I fed her 10 hours ago and she couldn't keep water down.
Decided to take her to vet for x-rays. Her regular vet was unavailable until Wed so I took her to the first place that had an opening.
Caveat Emptor when it comes to vets. This guy tried to sell me $600. dollars worth of tests.
After haggling like a fish monger, he finally agreed to just take the (@#$!) x-rays and we will go from there.
Except for a large gas pocket in her stomach, they looked good. It cost $282 bucks, but the peace of mind was worth it.
Have been treating her with Pepto-Bismal and she is doing much better. She even ate some cooked noodles, drank lots of water and at this time is still sleeping soundly.

Hi Sp, Prose, OGal, Gams, Uncle Mush, and Plapman.

I am suddenly stricken with tired eyes and the need for a nap. Will say better howdy's later.
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22. plapman
12:12 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Good Morning Gardengrrl
I hope Roxy recovers soon.
Have a great day while I enjoy our short summer.
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21. OGal
11:08 AM GMT on July 26, 2010
Good Morning GG, thanks for stopping in my blog. Your pictures are wonderful. I love the turtles in the mud. They are smart and stay nice and cool. The flamingos are a strange bunch but very beautiful.

I feel like Mrs. Magoo in these glasses. I am making myself wear them. Hopefully I will get used to them soon.

You are right with our large extended WUBA family we are watching weather all over the world. You become interested in places you have never heard of. BTW, hope your Monday weather is perfect.
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20. unclemush
8:23 AM GMT on July 26, 2010
Poor Pup. :)
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19. seflagamma
7:12 PM GMT on July 24, 2010
I Love Flamingos! One of the most beautiful and unusual looking birds...they do almost look fake!

and I have the "classic" 2 plastic Pink Flamingos in my back corner garden also!
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18. seflagamma
7:07 PM GMT on July 24, 2010
Hi Gardengrrl,

glad to hear you had a great vacation....are days off from work the best!

We have lots of Alligator Gars also...I think they are in a lot of the southern lakes...

Florida Alligators were almost "endangered" in the 70's so they put a stop on hunting them...and now since late 80's to current times, we have more than we can contain...and we have a 'Gator hunting season every winter and they keep upping the kill limit every year but we still have Alligators Everywhere these days...

It does not take long to bring back back an alligator population if you have the climate (no prolonged cold) and habitat... they breed like rabbits!


Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking in while Bonnie was "threatening" us, but lucky she was just a little bit of a breeze and a little rain.. nothing serious for us at all.

You have a great weekend!
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17. Proserpina
11:54 AM GMT on July 24, 2010
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16. sp34n119w
6:34 PM GMT on July 22, 2010
Hiya GG - all of your zoo pics and especially the flamingos are fab! Flamingos themselves, though, always look to me like they are made of plastic. I think it's the coloring but may be conditioning - the only ones I ever saw as a kid were on people's lawns, after all!

Thanks for the "welcome back" and for your input on my blog :) It is good to be back and I'm just going to have to be okay with not having as much time to devote to blogging as I'd like.

I saw your now-not-so-new avatar awhile back and I clicked on it a few times just to see pretty Roxie! Sid's okay, too ;)
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15. GardenGrrl
10:30 AM GMT on July 21, 2010
okay, no pictures. Lets try this again.



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14. GardenGrrl
10:26 AM GMT on July 21, 2010
Good Morning. It is back to work again after a wonderful vacation of zoos, lounging and eating junk food.

Hi Sandi, I think I am going to have to add that recipe to my future things to make and eat when I get my days off.

Hi Tony, Abbey sounds like a wonderful dog. Miss Roxy is too, but boy she can be a little stinker. Good thing she is cute because mostly she makes me laugh even when she is bad.

Hi Sig, How are things in Oklahoma? Just hot and humid here. I had never seen flamingo nests either before this trip so it was really cool to see something new.

And, just to keep in practice because my techno skills are only so-so, here are some pasted images from the zoo.



More pictures of the friendly flamingo.

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13. sandiquiz
5:25 AM GMT on July 21, 2010
Hey Ho!!.... enjoy work!

The dessert is a "summer pudding" ... this is the recipe I wrote for Pros and she tried it:)


Summer pudding - it is a like a summer bread pudding.
You line a round pudding basin with white bread (not buttered~) and then tip in summer berries, (strawberries, raspberries, red and black currants, loganberries or any other red fruit you may have), which are washed and gently cooked until soft in a pan of sugar and fruit/alcohol juice. Top off the pudding with more white bread to cover the fruit and weigh down the top with a heavy plate or pan. Chill for several hours.
Tip out and serve with cream or icecream -

Delicious!!




Something to look forward to on your weekend off! LOL
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12. aSigiam
3:06 AM GMT on July 21, 2010
Hi GG, The Ft. Worth Zoo is always a fun trip. I had never noticed a flamingo nest - how cool.
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11. plapman
1:49 PM GMT on July 20, 2010
Good Morning GardenGrrl
ut seems all small dogs like to run with the bigger ones and pick fights. I guess they think their big too.
Abbey is free to run on most of our walks. When we walk along the tracks, like yesterday, she has her freedom to keep those pesky gophers in line. She's never more than a couple of hundred feet from me and looks for me is she can't see me and usally comed running when called stopping at each gopher hole and sniffing for a fresh scent.
have a great dday.
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10. GardenGrrl
7:40 PM GMT on July 19, 2010
Good Morning, it is officially HOT again in N. Texas. Guess that means it is July. There were some beautiful cells developing around us last night as the sun was setting. Heat lightening with billowing cumulo nimbus tinted sunset gold is a spectacular way to bring the night in. No rain for our area though.

Hi Sandi, Oh dear, it is 2am for me right now. Stayed up until 6am to get my schedule back, but have to take Miss Roxy to vet for her annual vaccinations.

Hi Prose, Is that cool or what how the deer/antelope guy stands on his hind legs to eat. Perhaps they are part goat because it's companions were eating the wooden privacy fence seperating exhibits.

Hi Tony, Ofcourse Winnepeg would have a fun and colorful neighborhood. I visited Winnepeg many years ago and thought it was a great city. The Assineboine Zoo there is really nice too.

Hi Calpoppy, Seems some people just have very special talents lol. Could you imagine on one of those Miss USA pageants if the gal said her special talent was calling beavers and stood up there doing a bark-honk? He he he.

So sorry to hear that your Rocky has crossed the rainbow bridge. Give all your other critters an extra big hug from me. Cyber hugs from my family to yours.
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9. calpoppy
6:16 PM GMT on July 18, 2010
Your spouse reminded me of our friend that we would go camping with in the Eastern Sierras. There were a couple of beavers there in the creek and it being spring they were making a sound between a bark and a honk. Our friend started talking back to them and they would stop whatever they were doing and head right for him. On a sad note, we lost a member of our pack this past week. So sad to say goodbye to Rocky. Down to three, lots of empty dog dishes and beds. ;(((( I think about getting a pup but I need to give the remaining older dogs all the attention they deserve and more!
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8. plapman
1:50 PM GMT on July 18, 2010
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
There's a suburb of Winnipeg known locally for it's flamingos. It seems that every home haas a plastic bird or 2 on the lawn.
Have a great day
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7. Proserpina
12:34 PM GMT on July 18, 2010
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The photos from the day at the zoo are fabulous. I particularly like the photo of the animal reaching up a tree to eat something. Oh I so love the story about your husband and his hidden talents. :)

I hope that your day is a very good one.
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6. sandiquiz
6:10 AM GMT on July 18, 2010
Just got up and see you are back to normal. I am glad you enjoyed your vacation.
Hope work goes well, it can either be great to go back and see colleagues or a big shock after a lenghty absence!!
Have a good week and 'see' you on Friday :))
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5. GardenGrrl
6:00 AM GMT on July 18, 2010
Good Morning, the final days of vacation are winding down. Have really enjoyed being around during the day.

Hi Karen, your right, they are some rather pungent birds. Thats why I like zoos so much. Speaking of cool animals, the seining project you went on sounded great.

Hi Sandi, you all have different colored dirt. We have a lot of red clay around here.
Yep, it's the last couple days of vacation. I'm now switching back to night mode.

Hi Gams, When I was kid alligators were endangered in Texas. Never saw one. Saw lots of alligator gar, which are a pre-historic looking fish with an alligator head and big sharp teeth. Now they are very common along the coast and have been spotted in North Texas recently.

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4. seflagamma
3:28 PM GMT on July 17, 2010
Does Texas have a lot of alligators in their waters...naturally like we do in Florida?
and some of the North GOM coast states have them also like Louisianna...
but I've never heard them talked about in Texas...????
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3. seflagamma
3:26 PM GMT on July 17, 2010
Hi Gardeng,

Love your zoo pictures..

and ladies,
Karen and Sandi..
do not even
think about "out doing" SE Florida when it comes to Flamingos! LOL

I have posted so many pictures..they are everywhere down here!

And I have fed them directly from my hand before.. Rylee and I both have.

What fun, thanks for posting the photos and hope you are enjoying your weekend!


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2. sandiquiz
6:56 AM GMT on July 17, 2010
Well not to be out-done.... we do have flamingoes here in the UK too! LOL


Do you think they were listening to your 'companion' honking and replying? .... They were certainly making a funny noise!!

Glad you are enjoying your two week vacation. Is this the last weekend.... so back to "normal" next week?

Thanks for sending me the patron Saint of Teachers..... I certainly need a guardian angel this week:(
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1. SBKaren
3:12 AM GMT on July 17, 2010
Sounds like you had a great time at the zoo. The San Diego zoo also has a pretty good sized group of flamingos. They are pretty, but their place always smells a bit ;0) I'm sure I posted pictures here when we went...but it would probably take some digging to find them.

*Modify - ahhh didn't have to dig too hard!

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