Friday, 10 October 2014

Close Up At The Zoo

A late afternoon visit to Paignton Zoo revealed animals I had not seen before. The zoo was quiet but the animals were enjoying some warm afternoon sunshine and I was delighted.






Western Lowland Gorilla, such a beautiful animal to watch and it has a fantastic enclosure

 

Pygmy Marmoset (absolutely tiny), I'm amazed the photo came out so well as it was difficult to get a focus through the enclosure.

Allens's Swamp Monkeys enjoying a fruit treat

Aldabra Giant Tortoise basking in the sunshine
Red Panda
Brown Spider Monkey

Maned Wolves

It was a lovely evening and a great time to visit, with the crowds and children gone, it just seemed to be us and the animals in perfect peace. I noticed a few keen amateur photographers about too. 

I have three other posts prepared, but I just couldn't resist putting this one first.

My older cat has been very sick recently, after three vet trips, a lot of TLC, missed sleep (mine not the cats) and a new diet he seems to be doing well at last.

I'm sorry I've not been keeping up with all your posts recently, I don't know where the time is going, but somehow the weeks are flying by. I think it's because we are going out a lot more due to being in rented accommodation whilst we wait for our house purchase to go through. Hopefully I'll catch up this weekend.

We are off to the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth on Sunday for their Autumn Fair so I'm really looking forward to another nice day out.

Hope you are all safe and well
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

22 comments:

  1. What a great series of photos from the zoo. The Western Lowland Gorilla is my favorite animal at the National Zoo here in Washington DC. Must have been a beautiful time of the day, the lighting is perfect. That giant tortoise was really studying you, each animal here brings a smile to me. It also reminds me of the many times I used to visit Paignton Zoo. I went to the school opposite by the way. Only went there for a year because it was my last year in school after I moved down from the Midlands before going onto college.

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    1. Thanks Denise, they have a few of these here and they are often inside eating or lazing about, but the warm sunshine got this one out. I was delighted when it turned to look at us. At least you didn't have to walk far on school trips to the zoo!

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  2. Wow what a wonderful collection of images. It's difficult to believe they are taken in a zoo! Have a good weekend, if we didn't have visitors we would be at Sidmouth too! Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, such a great zoo, the gorilla enclosure is huge and completely open, they seem fairly happy and it was fantastic to watch this one moving around with the zoo being so quiet.

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  3. Those are absolutely stunning shots! Some of them are keeping a very close eye on you too. I really must get round to a visit to the zoo when the dust settles here a bit.

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    1. Many thanks, it was just one of those lucky days with the camera, I knew the weather was good and that we might see some more animals but this visit was by far the best.

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  4. Love the close ups of their faces. Sometimes I'll do the same thing.....just head to the zoo and enjoy the critters up close.

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    1. Thanks Chris, when we jumped in the car to go over I never expected to get such close ups and when the gorilla turned to look at us, I could have just melted away. I put the camera away and just enjoyed watching it in the sun.

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  5. Really pleased to learn that your cat is improving Suzie - that is great news.
    Love all of your shots taken at the zoo, but especially the gorilla - they are adorable.

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    1. Many thanks Rosemary, my poor cat and my poor nerves, never mind the vet bills, at one point I wondered if we'd ever get him well again.
      I'm going to remember this zoo visit for a long time and will make sure to visit again on a late sunny afternoon. I have walked past that Maned Wolf enclosure so many times and seen nothing.

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  6. A superb set of animal portraits Suzie - you must be really pleased with the photos :) I love the one of the giant tortoise :) Glad to hear your cat is getting better. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much. I am really pleased with these images. It takes a while to get a focus through the enclosure if there is wire or netting (like the wolves and the marmoset), but after the photography course I did last year at the zoo, it really helped to work around it. Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a 400mm Nikon lens...just imagine the quality..oooh!

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  7. Cracking photos- you must be thrilled with them. Big relief to hear Puss is recovering. Sending you all best wishes that the new house purchase goes through swiftly and smoothly :o)

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    1. Thanks CT, I was really worried about the cat, nothing we did seemed to make him better, but he looks great now. The zoo trip was great, the best time to go I think, next time I might bring both cameras! House sale is slow, draft contract is still not ready and the completion date has moved to mid Nov....still we will be in before Christmas.

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  8. Fantastic photos Suzie, love the gorillas! I am off to London Zoo in a couple of weeks (haven't been since I was tiny!). Hope your cat improves to full recovery x

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    1. How exciting, London Zoo must be fantastic, I've seen the TV programmes about it, I hope you enjoy your trip. Cat is being fed fresh cooked chicken and fish....and I hate cooking fish first thing in the morning, no wonder he's improving and I'm introducing some new very high quality dried food from Applaws, which is filling him up. He's bright and relaxed and his coat looks great.

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  9. What wonderful animals and photographs!! I love the red panda one especially. I hope that your cat stays well, and that the house purchase continues to progress and that you are all moved again safe and sound very soon. Take care. xx

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    1. Many thanks Amy, I went on purpose to find the Red Panda enclosure as I was sure they'd be out in the warm weather and quietness. This one was asleep on the trunk, got up and had some food and then went back to rest. It was the perfect photo opportunity. There are no bars, mesh or cages around its enclosure.
      Thanks for your kind wishes on the cat and the house, my nerves are shredded with them both!

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  10. I love that Gorilla - great pics!

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    1. Thanks Em, it was just luck it was out, but was so warm and sunny I wasn't surprised.

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  11. Great photos of the zoo animals. I'm sure I went to Paignton zoo when I was little and on holiday down there, but it's so long ago that I can't really remember it.

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    1. It's a great zoo Jeremy, well worth a visit if you are over this way. The enclosures are brilliant and a lot of the non dangerous animals have open enclosures which is great for photos.

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