Recordings of bird song and animal noises play all along the walk from the car park right to the entrance. The Chilian Flamingos start the tour.
Then a walk along into the zoo past the Wetlands. Here is a Dalmatian Pelican.
I had booked on a fantastic all day photography course at Paignton Zoo, sadly not enough people signed up and it was cancelled. However Paignton Zoo and the photographer Mark from Evolve Photography were great and offered me a free visit to the zoo and a mini photography class.
The lions were having a rest from the rain and this was the best image I could get. Mark advised on how to avoid including the the wire on the enclosures.
In the image below you can just see a slight wobble in the image in the top right, that's the wire-but it's hardly noticeable. The camera wanted to focus on it rather than the subject, so it takes a few go's and also a bit of moving around to get the lens looking through the hole to catch the animal in focus.
Here the wire was unavoidable but the Zebras are lovely
Beautiful Rothschild's Giraffs. Sadly the new born giraff calf died in August this year.
A couple of the camels taking it easy-probably had a busy weekend!
This is Duchess an 42 year old African Elephant and the only remaining elephant at Paignton Zoo.
She has had a lot of problems with her eyes, glaucoma meant she and had to have an eye removed a few years ago and this year successfully had a cataract removed. After her mate died a few years ago Duchess has been on her own-although this is not an ideal situation, with her failing eye sight and age the Zoo felt it would be too difficult for her to accept more elephants to the enclosure. Her keepers look after her very well and she has really bonded with them as her companions.
Just managed to get an image of one of the cheetas. It was having a rest at the back of the enclosure.
The marvellously entertaining baboons
A giant tortoise taking it easy
.........and eating some grass
One of the lovely gibbons. I had to wait ages for it to come out from between the branches and it's quite far away, but was delighted I got it.
Two kangaroo, who had just had a bit of a boxing match. They were deep in the undergrowth, and it was very dark, so it took a few go's to get this image.
A real challenge taking this image as this little monkey was in an inside enclosure. Most of the photos I took were just black at first.
Not a great quality image but I like the contrast of their pale colour against the lovely dark tree
Look at this cute little fella
I'll end now with a few of the plants and flowers around the zoo
It was all very scary as I shot the whole lot in full manual mode! It took quite a while to work it all out. These are the best photos from the day, but I must say there were quite a few under or over exposed, blurred or just plain rubbish!
Congratulations to Mark and Natasha who were married on 20th September. Thanks so much for showing me around Paignton Zoo today, showing me the tricks of the trade and being such good company. It was lovely to meet you both.
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