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May. 5th, 2005 @ 04:02 am So now that I'm here in Phoenix, AZ ...
Current Mood: awakeawake
I figured it was time for a new icon. So I give you ...

The Burrowing Owl.

I knew I wanted a picture of one, and there's dozens on the web, but alas there's this nasty thing called Copyright that evidently all this highly talented photographers insist on enforcing (BTW, I'm kidding, copyright is a good thing, folks should be paid for what they do and if you want to see some really nice shots of these birds in the wild (instead of in a habitat at the zoo) then do a google image search for Burrowing Owl and visit the fine folks out there trying to make a living off wildlife photography). So I decided to head down to the Phoenix Zoo and see if there were any Burrowing Owls awake around noon.

The Phoenix Zoo has a very nice aviary set up, with large cages for the various birds to roam around in and several are even big enough to wander around in yourself. In fact they have such a large habitat for the Burrowing Owls. There's at least two in there.

I'm going back to see the rest of the Zoo, there's lots of beasties I didn't see. Next month the Zoo starts opening at 7AM, which makes it perfect for my morning walks.

Still to come, my trip report out here, and maybe some updates on my job search. If anyone's interested still.
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AZ Burrowing Owl
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From:quarkwiz
Date:May 5th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Pretty owl! So, did you in fact take that picture? Were they awake?
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From:ferragus
Date:May 5th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I thought I'd heard that they were only active at twilight, but these guys were happy to move about and show off.

And also yes, that's my picture, it's a close in crop of a larger shot, but I love how the new camera keeps it's details when you zoom in on a shot.
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From:helcat
Date:May 5th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Of course I want updates, damn you.
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From:ferragus
Date:May 5th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Ok, maybe tonight when I get back from running errands and hanging out in IRC and what have you.
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From:kalligraphy
Date:May 5th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Give us updates you heathen bastard or I will be forced to come out there and beat you senseless with a dried out noodle.
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From:ferragus
Date:May 5th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Ha! This is AZ! I'll see your dried noodle and raise you a desicated bagel!

(Bread doesn't get moldy out here, it turns to bricks!)
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From:azang
Date:May 5th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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System admin hubby says that if any headhunters contact him for local job, we'll let you know.
I'm sure you're on Monster.com and computerjobs.com already? If not, hubby says it would be a good idea.

I'm glad you like the Phx Zoo. We used to go there all the time when the kids where little, it's been a year or two since I've checked out the new stuff. We need to get out there again, my mom has a membership.
There is another zoo to the west. Wildlife World Zoo at Northern and a hundred something ave. By Luke airbase. It is a nice zoo, but I don't like how they keep some of their animals...probably just me. They just had a bird on Dave Letterman that picks up a plastic reptile and slams it to the ground in an attempt to kill it.
Botanical Gardens next to Phx Zoo is pretty cool. Did you notice Gov Hunt's pyramid shaped tomb on the mountain?
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From:ferragus
Date:May 5th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Computerjobs.com! I'll add that one to my list. Thanks.

Did the DBG (Desert Botanical Gardens) this morning, very nice.

I didn't see the pyramid tomb, but I'll look for it next time I'm out there (Tomorrow maybe even).