Austin Aquarium – Rainbow Lorikeets

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My all time favorite creatures at the Austin Aquarium are the Rainbow Lorikeets.  They love to examine you and your belongings up close.  They will land on you in a friendly way and check you out.  They seem to be always in motion, making it challenging to get a good photo.  My small camera is interesting to them, so they usually want to experience it by touching it with their beaks.  I will normally try to spend as much time as possible inside their enclosure at the Aquarium.  It is so much fun to hang out with these awesome birds.

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Rock Mover

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Although beautifully colored, this fish was too fast for photos.  I had to take my car to the shop this morning, and this guy was hanging out in the waiting room.  His mission was that of destruction.  He wasn’t happy with his current environment, so he decided to change things one rock at a time.  In the top photo, you can see where he has dug a hole in the aquarium all the way to the bottom and upended some plants along the way.  He would swoop in, pick up a rock in his mouth, and then swim over to the side and spit it out.  He was a nonstop blur of rock transplantation.  :-O

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Austin Aquarium II

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The Austin Aquarium is always a fun place to visit.  My favorites today were the Clownfish and the Rainbow Lorikeets.  I could watch the Clownfish play around the Sea Anemone for hours as they swim in and out of the tentacles.  The Lorikeets are also very playful, but in a much different way.  They will fly over to greet you, perch on your hand for a while, and pose for a photo or two.  When it becomes feeding time, they gather around the bowl and all partake of dinner in a mostly orderly fashion.  These creatures and the others at the Aquarium make for a great day.

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San Marcos Springs

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Sometimes your most interesting moments throughout the day don’t transfer well to photographs.  My sights in the Springs at the historic Meadows Center included a large alligator gar searching for dinner, turtles sunning on a limb, tons of fish swimming in the clear fresh water, a mother nutria shepherding her babies into their den for safety, and a view of the water flowing from the deepest part of the springs from inside a glass-bottom boat.  The aquarium on site also allowed me to photograph one of the endangered salamanders.  This is a beautiful place that made for an enjoyable afternoon, full of wonder.

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San Antonio Aquarium

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This place is relatively small, but full of wonder.  My favorite creatures today were the two free range turtles.  One was “running” laps around the gift shop and the other one was having his way with the kids birthday area.  They were both pretty large and not at all shy when it came to bumping you out of their way if you were caught in their path.  The San Antonio Aquarium also had a Mermaid, Dinosaurs, Lorikeets, Seahorses, Manta Rays, a Pacific Octopus, Jellyfish, and plenty of other cool stuff.  It is a great place to spend an afternoon.

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