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Sylvan Heights Bird Park--October 22, 2015

About thirty of us made the scenic backroads drive to the small town of Scotland Neck, home of the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Originally established (and still run) as a breeding for endangered waterfowl from around the world, it now includes an extensive bird park that includes ponds, cages, and walk-in aviaries for birds from Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Eurasia.
Although the focus is on waterfowl, many terrestrial birds are included. Some of the more memorable species seen included flamingoes, parakeets, and cranes (all three of which took feed from our hands), kookaburra, toucan, emu, eagle hawk, and white-headed ducks from Southeast Asia. These last are perhaps the stars of the park, since they are virtually extinct in the wild but are thriving here.
Hard to fathom that this world-class facility is in little Scotland Neck, North Carolina. But it is.
After the park, we topped off our visit with a leisurely, Italian-style lunch at La Casetta, an Italian restaurant in Scotland Neck (and sister restaurant to La Casetta on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern). The food was wonderful, but the conversation and company was even better.

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