(Click on photo to see both beautiful birds!)
Sunday was a beautiful day in Miami so La Diva and her sidekick, DJ Nevah L8 decided to go for a bike ride down to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their annual chocolate festival. Old Cutler Rd. is a gorgeous street with a jungle canopy of huge fig trees, vines and other tropical flora that makes it so beautiful. However, with single lanes for both sides, it’s a bitch when there is an event at the garden and long lines of traffic is the norm. To avoid this headache and keep our day pleasant, we avoid this altogether by parking at Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove and riding the five and a half miles down to the garden.
As we were taking our bikes off the car, I heard a loud noise that sounded like a huge bird in the palm trees above me. Living for years in Australia, I recognized the sound of a parrot but knew that it must be one large bird. I’d only seen small wild parrots in Miami, especially the small green ones on Lincoln Road. I finally saw it, not one but two huge macaws were in the palm trees just above our heads! They were gorgeous!!!
Apparently, Miami has a wild macaw population started from escaped birds from Parrot Jungle during a hurricane as well as released parrot pets from dim-witted owners. We watched them for a few minutes while they raucously squawked and then suddenly, they were gone, flying to another place to eat, screech and make trouble.
Originally posted 2009-01-27 13:37:00.