Many Interesting Ducks and Birds on and near
Duck Lake in Houston Zoological Gardens
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In our winter birding tour in Texas, we came on February 2, 2015 to see many different kinds of and
interesting ducks, geese and birds in action on and near the Duck Lake in Houston Zoological Gardens,
located at 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030, Phone:(713) 533-6500.

Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Houston Zoological Gardens
There are large number of lovely black-bellied whistling ducks very active in this area; some are on the lake,
many are on the shore, some are flying in the air and some are landing.
One of the male hooded mergansers on the lake.
One of the male hooded mergansers on the shore.
A pair of Egyptian geese with two babies.
May be red-breasted goose with flamingos near the lake.
There are many beautiful flamingos here.
Beautiful Flamingo.
A wood stork, several snowy egrets and ducks.
The wood stork, a great egret and several snowy egrets plus ducks.
Another great egret is flying in the air high above the tall trees.
One of the female hooded mergansers.
A canvasback on the lake.
A northern shoveler on the lake.
One of many more snowy egrets high up on the trees near the lake.
A brown pelican on the lake.
Many pigeons flying over and near the lake.
We were eating some snacks on the outdoor chairs around one of the outdoor green tables of Cypress Circle
Cafe near the Duck Lake. This male great-tailed grackle came on our green table waiting to get some food
crumbs. Some other birds also came very close to wait for food crumbs. It seems that most birds, geese and
ducks on and near the Duck Lake area are quite comfortable to be very close to many people and are easy for
people to take their pictures.
It is a very enjoyable experience for bird watchers to see so many different kinds of and interesting ducks,
geese and birds in action on or near the Duck Lake here in Houston Zoological Gardens. Some of them I still
do not know the name yet.

The six parts of our winter birding tour of Texas Gulf Coast are listed in the following:

Part 1 entitled "Many Majestic Red Crowned White Cranes (丹頂白鶴) and Many Other Winter Birds Along
Texas Gulf Coast " is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Red_Crowned_White_Cranes.html

Part 2 entitled "Huge Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant in Houston, Texas" is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Huge_Chinese_Dim_Sum_Restaurant.html

Part 3 entitled "Many Beautiful Roseate Spoonbills (玫瑰紅琵鷺), Dolphin and Other Birds in Port Aransas,
Texas
" is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Many_Beautiful_Roseate_Spoonbills.html

Part 4 entitled "Huge Number of Birds on Texas Gulf Coast" is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Huge_Number_of_Birds_on_Texas_Gulf_Coast.html

Part 5 entitled "Many Interesting Ducks and Birds on and near Duck Lake in Houston Zoological Gardens " is
at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Many_Interesting_Birds_in_and_near_Duck_Lake_in_Houston_Zoo.html

Part 6 entitled "More on Winter Birding along Texas Gulf Coast" is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/More_on_Winter_Birding_Along_Gulf_Coast.html
In addition to this open Duck Lake area, the Houston Zoological Gardens also have many exotic birds flying
freely through aviary rain forest in a “tropical bird house" resembling Asian jungle or in large bird cages.

For example, I took the following picture to show very colorful and beautiful Mandarin Duck (
色彩極為艷麗的
鴛鴦
) in Houston Zoological Gardens.
鴛鴦經常成雙入對,在水面上相親相愛,悠閒自得,風韻迷人。它們時而躍入水中,引頸
擊水,追逐嘻戲,時而又爬上岸來,抖落身上的水珠,用桔紅色的嘴精心地梳理著華麗的
羽毛。此情此景,勾起多少文人墨客的翩蹁聯想,所以在傳統中國文化中,鴛鴦常被作為
是恩愛夫妻和忠貞不渝的永恆愛情的象徵。又用來稱成偶的東西。以鴛鴦比作夫妻,最早
出自唐代詩人盧照鄰《長安古意》詩,詩中有“願做鴛鴦不羨仙”一句,讚美了美好的愛
情。

此鳥“止則相偶,飛則相雙”。自古以來,在“鴛侶”、“鴛盟”、“鴛衾”、“鴛鴦枕”、“鴛鴦
劍”等詞語中,都含有男女情愛的意思,“鴛鴦戲水”更是中國漢族民間常見的年畫題材。

唐朝李白有:“七十紫鴛鴦,雙雙戲亭幽”,杜甫有“合昏尚知時,鴛鴦不獨宿”,孟郊有
“梧桐相持老,鴛鴦會雙死”,杜牧有“盡日無雲看微雨,鴛鴦相對浴紅衣”,蘇庠有“屬玉
雙飛水滿塘,菰蒲深處浴鴛鴦”,以及“得成比目何辭死,只羨鴛鴦不羨仙”, “鳥語花香
三月春,鴛鴦交頸雙雙飛”等等。崔珏還因一首《和友人鴛鴦之詩》:“翠鬣紅毛舞夕暉,
水禽情似此禽稀。暫分煙島猶回首,只渡寒塘亦並飛。映霧盡迷珠殿瓦,逐梭齊上玉人
機。採蓮無限藍橈女,笑指中流羨爾歸。”而名聲大振,被稱為崔鴛鴦。

雄性鴛鴦色彩極為艷麗,喙為少見的鮮紅色,端部具亮黃色嘴甲。額部和頭頂中央為帶有
金屬光澤的翠綠色,枕部紅銅色的羽毛後頸暗綠按紫色的羽毛都很長,形成一個很有特色
的“頭套”上體深色腰部和背部褐色並帶有綠色的金屬光澤,下體淺色,最具有特色的是最
後一枚三級飛羽特化,形成面積很大樹立於背部的帆狀結構,為耀眼的桔紅色,這是鴛鴦
的一個顯著特徵。
May be bar-headed goose.
Hooded merganser and may be bar-headed goose.
May be Barnacle goose.
May be red-breasted geese with flamingos
One of the female great-tailed grackles also came very close to us.
Black-bellied whistling ducks with brilliant pink-orange bills and legs.

The whistling sound of these whistling ducks can be heard by pressing a button on the following website:

Whistling Sound: Click here, then click on a button on the opened website to hear the whistling sound
Several black-bellied whistling ducks flew over from the other side of the lake and are landing.
How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour loop
of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is described on
my web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Sightseeing_in_Information_Age.html