"Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage." Marilyn Monroe
I took so many photos at The Bird Gardens of Naples, that I need to break the post into two sections. Today's post highlights the beginning of the tour: Would you like to hold a bird? Yes, please. Next time, I'll post the the photos I took with my real camera.
The shoulder birds in the first few photos were owned (and loved) by another party and might not have been rescue birds. (although, they could have been) I feel in the sticky depths of my bone marrow that no one should own an exotic bird. But, alas, people still collect them from all corners of the earth. The happiness I felt with a Macaw on my shoulder was heart-felt. I can't deny it. Still, I wish these glorious beasts were still flying-high in Costa Rica. Sigh. I love to see them soaring side by side, one slightly ahead, like fighter pilots. This week, hitch-a-ride on our shoulders...
This Cockatoo was so feisty! Apparently, he (or she) loves bearded men. The creature also loves to cause a ruckus on your arm.
Yum. A hat.
I fell in love with this one. A Hyacinth Macaw.
Glorious tail feathers.
Meanwhile, inside the sanctuary, we fed the birds a whole canister of unsalted almonds.
Eating a nut.
Someone isn't like the others.
Keriellen (shown here) owns the sanctuary. It really is a must-see in Southwest Florida. TBGON is a non-profit, concerned with parrot welfare and conservation. I hope I never see a "Tiger King" style, Netflix show about this place!
"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese" Willie Nelson
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