Aug 04 2014
I was sitting outdoors on Friday afternoon when a green-winged macaw flew over my head, then a scarlet and three hyacinth macaws. They circled over West Park, showing off their stunning colors and long streaming tails then landed nearby so I could see them up close. What a thrill!
Twice a day during the summer the macaws join their bird colleagues in the rose garden to show off what birds do best. They fly!
Parrots aren’t the only stars. There are so many birds in the show that I can’t name them all, but I can tell you that the eagle owl’s “stealth mode” was truly impressive when Dumbledore narrowly cleared the rose garden wall and flew low over our heads.
The macaws are my favorites and they clearly had fun. They flew above the trees and then all three hyacinths landed on the perch for their reward. With their clown-like faces they hammed it up for the cameras, then flew back to their indoor home.
Later inside the Aviary I saw the macaws at their usual perches, preening and napping. Mission accomplished, they were taking a break before the next excitement. Very cool!
Summer will be over soon so don’t miss your chance to see these awesome birds in flight. Taking Flight runs daily at the National Aviary at 11:00am and 2:00pm — weather permitting — through Labor Day, September 1.
Click here for information and directions.
(green-winged macaw photo courtesy of the National Aviary. Hyacinth macaws by Kate St. John)