It’s For The Birds: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary

It’s For The Birds: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been on various “top 10” lists of aquariums and attractions published by Travel + Leisure Family, Parents Magazine, and TripAdvisor.

Having seen the place jam-packed with visitors on the several occasions I’ve been there, including earlier this month, those ratings come as no surprise.

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(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)

The Aquarium is known for its captivating displays of sea life, including the recently opened “Tentacles” exhibit of cephalopods, the only one of its kind in the world.

bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) in the special exhibit "Tentacles" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Model Released).
(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)

But the facility’s “Sandy Shore and Aviary” is mainly “for the birds.”

MBA Aviary
Pete Markham Flickr Photo)

During my recent visit to the Aquarium, I was walking through the rear corridors  with one of the staff when we noticed activity taking place in an “animal clinic.” We were invited in to witness veterinarian, “Dr. Mike,” checking out a new arrival: A male bufflehead duck.

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I’ve seen these small waterfowl many times while birdwatching, but never close up as I did on this serendipitous occasion. With a bit of luck, it’s the sort of thing you might come across during a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour of the Aquarium.

Until you can find time to go “birding” in the Aquarium’s “Sandy Shore and Aviary,” check out the live Webcam view of that exhibit area. Who knows, maybe you’ll see Mr. Bufflehead “on screen.”

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For more information on the Monterey Bay Aquarium, read our “Seeing John Steinbeck’s Monterey” story and visit the Aquarium’s Website.

(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, received complimentary admission to and tours of the Aquarium along with a group of other travel writers.)

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