|Bombus lapidarius (I think)|
|Helophilus pendulus on some hawthorn blossom|
Most of the enclosures were pretty good, with places for the animals to hide from the public and things for them to do. However, we weren't impressed with some of the living conditions for the birds of prey... They have a huge kids play area which has clearly had a fair amount of money spent on it, and I just wonder why they haven't spent their money on improving the aviaries which, although we are not experts, could clearly be deemed inadequate. I don't disagree with zoos, they are great for exposing children to incredible animals that otherwise they may only ever see on the TV, and I understand that captive animals wouldn't survive in the wild, but seeing 2 beautiful owls in approx 7x7x5 foot cage with just one perch and isn't acceptable.
Rant over and other than that it was a good day. A fairly amusing moment occurred whilst walking through the flamingo enclosure (you were allowed) when we noticed lots of tiny black fluffy moorhen chicks. The parent bird was hidden in the reeds and a young couple point them out to their small child and said something along the lines of "Ahh look do you think they are flamingo chicks?!" I quickly but hopefully not patronizingly informed them that they weren't.
I took a few photos, but only when I could get one without a bit of wire fence in, or something similar...
|Red panda looking like he is trying to whisper something... pssstt|
|Scrunched up nose|
|Meerkats having a stretch - funny critters!|
|Heavily pregnant goat - which species of goat I cannot remember|
|Crested crane - it was so near that I couldn't fit its whole crest in my frame!|
|Pretty female mallard|
|Cuuuute mallard duckling|
|Bengal Eagle Owl feathers|
|Relaxing in the shade|
|Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree|
|Scarlet swallowtail I think|
|Owl eye butterfly I believe|
That is all from me for today, thanks for reading :)