In August when we visited Lotherton Hall we also visited the BIrd Garden on the site, opened in 1980. It is included in the admission price of £5 (for adults) and would be well worth a visit in its own right. We weren’t expecting too much but were actually extremely impressed – not only did they have a wonderful selection of birds (over two hundred different species) but the garden itself was huge and took a good two or so hours to go around, stopping to photograph a lot on the way. A selection of those photos is below.
Emus: Native to Australia, the second largest birds in the world by height.
Peruvian Thick-knee: Found in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It feeds on small insects and grain.
Lilac Breasted Roller: They get their name from their courtship flight – a fast, shallow dive with a rolling or rocking motion, accompanied by loud calls.
Toucan: They nest in tree holes and usually lay two to four eggs each year.
Trumpeter Hornbill: Like other hornbills it has a casque on its head. The tough outer shell is filled with a honeycombed, light, cellular bony tissue.
Northern Bald Ibis: The Ibis was revered as a holy bird in Ancient Egypt and regarded as a reincarnation of Thoth, scribe to the gods.
Grey Crowned Crane: It is the national bird of Uganda and features on its flag and coat of arms.
This is only a tiny fraction of the birds you can see at Lotherton, you can find more at my flickr; a highly recommended destination for nature lovers.