With the house feeling so quiet we decided to go off to Paignton Zoo for a few hours. It's a beautiful place, the grounds alone are packed with an amazing variety of plants and trees. In the summer the botanical gardens are worth a visit just on their own.
We started off in the the aviary where some garden birds have settled in well.
The ducks were mostly resting as it was not warm and sunny
The best I could get, a handsome creature having a mid morning snooze
.....and the not so handsome!
The gardens at Paignton Zoo are beautiful even in winter
Orang Utan mum with new baby
Seagulls taking advantage of feeding time with the Collared Peccary
We've just woken up (two Capybara) warming up against the brick wall
Around the lake in the Wetlands area
The wonderful gibbons, who live freely on Gibbon Island. They have the most wonderful calls, which can be heard all over the zoo.
The latest addition. A new female Rothschild's giraffe born on 25th January and staying close to mum. Last year a male calf was born in August but sadly died.
Some lovely birds to finish off in the Wetlands area
Thank you all for you kind comments on my last post and I think I've caught up with all your posts over the last week or so. Hello and welcome to some new followers Maribel, and Jane and Lance.
I'm off to London with work again this week. The journey will be an hour longer than normal due to the damaged railway line at Dawlish, so that means 4 hours from Paignton to Paddington, with a bus journey added on. I will leave the house at 05.40hrs and get back home at around 21.15hrs. Such a long day, but my hubby will drop me at the station and be there to pick me up which is nice.
I hope you are all getting some of the lovely sunshine that's about in the UK at the moment. We have just had four beautiful days with sunshine and a little mist and haze over the sea. The garden has been full of bees, butterflies and ladybirds and the seagulls are busy reinforcing their territories and bonding with their mates.
Have a good week ahead