Sylvan Heights Bird Park, NC (9-5-15) - dwhike
Duck, Ruddy

Tucked into the northeast corner of North Carolina is the tiny, non-descript little community of Scotland Neck.  Scotland Neck, at a glance, looks like just about any other small coastal plain community in the region...cotton fields, nearby swamp lands, a rough-looking downtown...but explore it a bit closer and you'll find something remarkable.  Sylvan Heights Bird Park, one of the most unique zoological parks I've ever visited.  One which (according to their website) houses the largest collection of waterfowl in the world.  At 18 acres in size the park is home to around 3,000 birds from six continents including over 140 species!  

Needless to say I was amazed that such a place could exist in the middle-of-nowhere-eastern-North-Carolina.  This album is a walk-through of the park, with the focus of course being on the park residents.  There are A LOT of bird pictures here but, I assure you, it will only give you a taste of what this remarkable park has to offer. I would highly, highly recommend a stop here if you are ever in the area...it is, without a doubt, an amazing place...

Come along with me and meet (some of) the birds of Sylvan Heights Bird Park...


***  "This album is dedicated to my oldest son Alex...bird whiz kid, avian identifier extraordinaire...whose love of these magnificent creatures over the years has drawn his father in as well.  He first visited Sylvan Heights Bird Park and was kind enough to bring his dad along on this visit.  I am grateful he did."  ***