The second day of the trip was spent at the National Aviary. You would think this would be anticlimactic after the robot museum. It wasn't.
Here we have Mxyl feeding a seagull a meatball on a stick. Did you know that gulls are raptors?
Here he is feeding a Lorrie, possibly the cutest bird to feed. It knocks the nectar out of the cup with it's beak and then licks the droplets off your arm. It tickles.
Here's Mxyl in the penguin exhibit.
And here he is playing with a penguin. For a fee, you can be part of a small group (not more than 6 people counting your parent or guardian) who plays with a penguin. It's like Dances With Wolves, but better: Plays With Penguins.
Evidently they behave surprisingly like cats.
And then, of course, they came home and we had a birthday party!