Alright I definitely have to get more organised about posting my photographs after a session/trip… Because here we go again. Posting from the back log – This time from my visit to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens (again sometime in 2016 while I was living in England). Hopefully from now on I learn my lesson and post more regularly. As a bonus though, this post is particularly Otter-heavy… So gets ready for the awwwws : D
If you don’t see a Ring-Tailed Lemur performing Hamlet, you’re mad!
This Prevost’s Squirrel is terrifying!
A vibrant and (I’m sure misunderstood) Tarantula
This Burrowing Owl does not look happy to be caged up!
A wise old looking Six Banded Armadillo
What is this Oriental Small Clawed Otter shielding its friend from?
I wonder if my painter can reproduce the funky markings of this Tokay Gecko
Does this Frilled Lizard remind anyone of an iconic movie scene?
A Cotton Top Tamarin having a cheeky scratch
Hey I have a rock! High Five!
I’m just a sucker for a cute group of Meerkats
Compared to the other Wildlife Parks and Zoos I had occasion to visit the Cotswolds was definitely one of the better ones. Being somewhat out in the country meant that it had large spaces and bigger enclosures for most of the animals, and a really large selection too. Though if you’re a “completionist” like me be sure to pack a lunch and some comfortable walking shoes, because it will take you all day to check out the park… and there are many animals you’ll want to visit repeatedly depending on the time of day.
A pair of Giraffes having a tussle
The Great Indian Hornbill
An African Crested Porcupine, just out for a stroll in its enclosure
A gorgeous and poisonous two-coloured Dart Frog
A shy, aloof Pallas Cat
A beautiful Peacock with its vibrant plumage
A beautiful Blue and Gold macaw
A rather angry and determined looking Male Galapagos Giant Tortoise
An Oriental Small Clawed Otter rolling around in the sun
Pardon the date in the post. As it should make evident, I took these pictures a while back on a visit to Chester Zoo in England. The trip was a fun from what I recollect. Unfortunately it was also cold and shaky hands make for bad photography. So while it was somewhat memorable, it wasn’t all that successful.
A hungry Andean aka Spectacled Bear noshing down on some yummy cucumbers
A rather grumpy looking Baboon, with his beautifully marked blue snout
Looks like Human aren’t the only ones with dirty habits, as this Great Sumatran Orangutan shows!
An interestingly spotted Salvador’s Monitor lizard
A Sumatran Cub enjoying his lunch
A large Bornean Orangutan just swinging about
A rather sad-eyed Emperor Tamarin
A straw chewing Radiated Tortoise, out on a stroll
A magnificent (and huge) Great Hornbill, shot through its mesh enclosure
Still I’ve picked out a few worth publishing from the batch. Certainly a few gems in there I’m happy to add to the collection. Hopefully next time, if there ever is one, I’ll do the Zoo and its “Islands” justice.
A young Great Sumatran Orangutan
A beautifully camouflaged green Dart Frog
A vividly coloured Caiman Lizard
A pair of vibrant blue Dart Frogs
A gorgeous Blue Morpho Butterfly perched on a branch overhead
A pair of Radiated Tortoises
I wish I had more to say on the visit. But time and other factors nudge me away from reminiscing. So hopefully these few shots speak for themselves.
Right, well, another Zoo post… I’m really making a habit of these aren’t I? Well… No regrets!!! : D
Here are some of my favourite shots from a visit to Marwell Zoo, in the English county of Hampshire. Tickets were quite affordable, compared to say ZSL, but then it was quite a drive away to get to. It wasn’t the sunny day one hopes for on a visit to the Zoo, but then it is England ; p
A Stern Looking Secretary Bird
A lonely little Dyeing Poison Frog
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
A shy White Rhino
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
A speedy little Egyptian Tortoise
An inquisitive looking Red Ruffed Lemur
A Beautiful Amur Tiger
An Amur Leopard blending seamlessly into the “jungle floor”
A Family of Desert Mongoose
An Ocelot has a nice mid-day nap
Quite honestly, Marwell was amazing. The animals had great enclosures and I’m sure during the summer it must be quite a sight to see many of them roaming in shared habitats. If you love near by or are planning a trip in that direction, take a day and go. You won’t regret it.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog you’ll know that I like, once in a while, to try my hand at photography. Now, I am by no means a professional. Barely even an amateur. But I do manage to get the odd picture or two that I can look at years on and feel quite pleased with.
One of my favourite things in the world to photograph is animals, and while I’d much rather photograph them in the wild, being a city a boy I rarely get the opportunity. So it is a delightful treat when I convince a friend to accompany me to the local Zoo.
A sleepy Lion wakes from his 21 hour nap…
A lone European Wolf snoozes in the sun
A Red Panda munching on some bamboo
An African White Rhino grazes nearby
Lynx on a Log
A female Sea Lion leaps though the air
A European Brown Bear out on a walk
A playful Wolverine tosses about in his enclosure
An inquisitive looking Meerkat
Knowing of my love for the furry, slimy, scary and cuddly, a very dear friend decided to take me to Whipsnade Zoo, located in Bedfordshire. And I must say, if you haven’t been, you really should try to get out there. It is just breathtakingly gorgeous and seeing so many of the animals roaming in their large enclosures really warmed my heart. Many of the smaller herbivores were even roaming free about the whole compound, which was an especial treat! It may not be the great plains and jungles many of them are accustomed to, but it’s nice to see them being treated well. Or as well as can be hoped.
A Sea Lion breaks through the surface of his cool blue pool
A rather stern looking Pink Flamingo.
An African White Rhino striking an epic pose on the horizon!
A Red Panda snoozes in the tree home
A Ring Tailed Lemur out at play.
A Wallaby stares me down…
A Cheeky Ring-Tailed Lemur
A Ring-Tailed Lemur mid-jump
I hope some of these pictures inspire you to patronise this establishment for yourself. And take it from me, if you’re a real animal buff, get the ZSL Membership – 3 trips to either Whipsnade or the London Zoo and it’ll have paid for itself.
It’s no surprise that I found myself once again wanting to visit the Delhi Zoo (having not that long ago been to the London Sea Life Aquarium). I simply love watching animals – their beautiful gaits, their fantastic plumage and coats, their seeming don’t-give-a-rat’s-behind attitude towards life – it’s simply a joy for me to watch. Even in a fairly small Zoo like the National Zoological Park I can easily while away several hours just clicking away and talking to myself (which is why its a good thing my friend decided to tag along with me today – or the other tourists would have had another strange creature to gawk at today). I really enjoy just watching the animals roam about their enclosures or even just loll about, basking in the sun.
A beautiful Indian Jaguar taking a nap
A motionless Indian Marsh Crocodile sunning itself
The Indian Jaguar wakes from its nap
I just love their beautiful plumage. Don’t you?
What I cannot stand is people who do not treat these beautiful creatures with the respect they deserve. I mean, I understand that people pay the gate to come and see animals and take a break from their troubles, but I have no patience for people who treat the place like a circus! It was sad and frustrating to watch how much people disrespected the facilities – littering away; or the animals – with their shrieking and hollering. So what if the Tiger isn’t waking up and entertaining you – that’s not its job! And when the hooting turned into some dumb fool throwing a small stone at the Bengal Tiger (I kid you not it missed the animal by a foot and a half) I simply snapped and gave some people a piece of my mind. I had half a mind to spend the rest of the day following him around and chucking small pebbles at him. It was appalling. And there was no one around to even report him to.
That one negative experience aside, I loved my day out at the Zoo. From the big cats to a couple sparring Macaques and one really loopy acting Elephant, it was entertaining and truly fun. Maybe it’s just because of the kid in me, but I still see such magic and majesty in these animals. Bars or no bars. Those of you out there who haven’t visited because “it’s so lame” or “its a waste of time” please believe me, you’re wrong. While I admit that some of the enclosures are more scantily inhabited than one would wish and it’s not the wonderful place you may remember as a child, it is still worth a half-day of walking about with a good friend.
A Leopard enjoying some golden sun rays
A beautiful and majestic Tiger coming to cool down
So beautifully hidden, So wonderfully majestic
A White Buck giving me the death stare
A pair of beautiful Painted Storks
A pair of male Lion-Tailed Macaques sparring against each other
I hope these pictures help persuade you to go support your local Zoological Park and maybe reclaim some of your own lost wonder : )
There is nothing so peaceful and relaxing as escaping to the beautiful serenity of nature of a warm sunny day. So a few days my friend and I, having the day off, went to the Kew Gardens to do just that. Well technically I’m not working right now so they’re all off days ; p
This guy is really rooted ; p
Scrumptious chillies in the summer sun
Beautiful red tomatoes in the Kew vegetable garden
A beautiful pod blooms hidden amongst the green foliage
Walking around all afternoon we had the most amazing time exploring the various Greenhouse enclosures and the vast grounds. Though we were hard pressed to cover the entire area, we saw some beautiful canopy from the Tree Top Walkway and enjoyed soothing breezes through the Bamboo gardens. Though there are paths for the quick explorers, if you go “off-road”, as we took to doing, you can find some really beautiful and secluded spots to just stop, sit and enjoy the unbelievably fresh and clean air. I’m not kidding! Even though London is a fairly clean city, especially compared to some cities back in India, the air out at Kew is in a whole other league. I felt healthier just walking around ; p And some true hilarity ensued when we tried to leave and kept getting ourselves hopelessly lost.
Pods of Cacti glowing in the beautiful Sun
Beautiful bells in the summer shade
These guys have a beautiful pad
I guess every Rose has its thorns
I highly recommend you grab a few friends, pack a small picnic and set out to explore it for yourself. I just can’t believe that you’d be disappointed. Who knows, you might even make some new friends there ; ) And you would be horticulturists, be sure to drop by the Garden Shop on the way out.