This post is about the Flights of Wonder show in the Caravan Stage Theater in Asia an Animal Kingdom. It’s a wonderful show that I feel too few people have seen! I hope my pictures entice you to catch it next time you’re at my favorite park. The show is very educational, but not boring. It’s also got great messages about conservation and environmentalism, but is not at all preachy.
The pictures are shot with a Canon T3i, using a 55-250mm lens. Pictures are from January 2, 2013. This is the same trip on which I took this picture of Everest at night.
If you love Animal Kingdom as much as I do, you really should check out my friend Mike’s site over at Jambo Everyone! Mike let me know the types of birds in the photos below. He’s a great guy like that.
Enjoy the pics!
While waiting for the show to start, see if you can find a certain mouse hiding here…
The show starts with birds flying all over the stage.
They fly over the back to leave…
…they run across the stage…
…they use the windows on the stage to come in and out.
A Toco toucan perches in the tree to the right of the stage with a grape in his beak.
A toucan tongue. Didn’t think you’d see that, did you?
Happy toucan is happy.
A military macaw.
A trumpeter hornbill is first up.
He’s a fine flyer!
Coming in for a landing!
Our host throws a grape high in the sky…
…and the hornbill catches it!
Out of nowhere, a tour guide appears… he begins to lecture us, his “tour group,” for not following the flag. He says he’s got FastPasses for a terrible attraction he seems to ad lib each time.
The tour guide appears annoyed by the host continuing his show.
Our tour guide asks us if we want to stay. We say we do.
The host and our tour guide talk, and we find out this tour guide is the LEGENDARY GUANO JOE (ECHO ECHO ECHOOooooo)!
Joe stays to help with the show, at our insistence!
Joe finds out the show is about birds and freaks out! He’s terrified of birds!
….and this white necked raven, Poe, steals picks up his tour flag.
Poe is too quick!
Joe cautions us not to follow the flag and instead to follow the stick.
Poe has the stick!
Joe hides by a tree. Birds HATE trees.
Now we meet someone new, a green parrot…
We learn a lot about the singing and talking of parrots – it’s a natural behavior (mimicry) that’s been shaped by humans.
He talks a bit….
…but he doesn’t do it for free.
Nom nom nom.
Hitting those high notes!
An audience member is asked to hold a dollar bill in their hand… why?
He takes the money…
…and gives it to our host. Nice.
Put your hand back out…
Money back at a Disney park? Wow!
Two volunteers from the audience are selected for a fly-by.
This great horned owl will be flying to a cohost in the audience and return over the camera-bearing guests.
We’re flying back!
Safely landed over the guests.
We’re waiting for baby Edgar.
Baby Edgar is a black vulture.
Sorry for the blur, but I had to show you the wingspan of this guy!
Yes, the birds will brush your head as they fly by. If you duck, they fly lower.
Joe, in the rear of the theater, starts to appreciate the birds a bit.
Here comes the next bird..
A Harris hawk!
Silent as he flies.
Look at him go!
An apex predator.
Built for speed.
There used to be a rat problem here, but it’s behind them now…
Next up: African Crowned Crane.
His name is Frasier.
Joe is learning to love birds!
Joe can’t believe that people actually consider such a beautiful bird a pest and poison it.
Look at that crown.
Hope needs no introduction. Wow.
Poe’s got a present for us.
A variety of birds are brought out for the show’s wrap up, including a spectacled owl.
A blue macaw along with our green parrot from earlier.
A scarlett macaw takes flight.
In this blurry shot, you can see a macaw giving the audience a biological souvenir.