Bird Park-I wish this was my backyard!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
Trip End Aug 06, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

We made a quick trip to the bus station to book the tickets for the trip to Campo Grande, pretty cheap at 93 Reais each.  Then we went to the best bird park I have ever seen anywhere-Parque des Aves in Foz.  it was pretty crowded with tour groups, but much to my amazement, they just rushed through spending maybe 5 or 10 minutes in each walk in aviary and moved on.  Ina and I sat there for hours observing the birds and letting them get comfortable with us.  Several of the water birds like the Scarlet Ibis even came up and nibbled on my ear and tried to get into my hand bag.  The Toucans came close but wouldn´t step up on us.  There was a rare and endangered species section with a pair of Golden Conures who were a bit shy but eventually came down to us but the highlight was the Hawkhead Parrot who kept coming to us to give kisses through the wire.  I could have easily taken him home if Aussie Customs would allow!

The highlight is the walk in Macaw Aviary.  This was really funny as we watched several tour groups come in, the Macaws would swoop from one side to another and the tourists would scream and go back out!  I swear that Macaws have a sense of humour and I know they were doing it on purpose!  There was a very friendly Hyacinth Macaw who happily stepped up to me and Ina, then he stole the rubber eye piece from Ina´s binoculars and flew off.  We got it back, a bit chewed up.  Some of the Amazons and a Mitred Conure were very friendly too and a B&G Macaw sat on Ina´s head and chewed the button off his baseball cap!  Then he came to me and chewed a button off my top-cheeky bugger!

There was a wide variety of Brazilan species and we got to see Ixchel´s, Yaxche´s and Chaska´s relatives.  The lone Quaker was bonded to a Hyacinth Macaw, that really blew me away.  I have pics to prove it, they are so cute cuddling together.  Most Brazilian Macaws were there-Scarlets, GWs, B&Gs, Red-Fronts and of course the Hys.  There were also Nandays, Jandays, the Quaker, several types of Amazons and Mitred Conures. 

We had lunch there and went back to the Macaw aviary until it closed.  I bought out the gift shop since I want to support the park and have bird souvenirs, but they wouldn´t let me take home the Hy!

In the evening, we went to the Rafain Show.  The buffet & BBQ dinner was great and the show was really good too but we had crappy seats in the back.  The first part was a variety of South American dances and then they finished off with Brazilian dances and Samba of course.  It was a fun evening!

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