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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Photography | 0 comments

PhotoBlog : A Misty Zoo Morning @EdinburghZoo

PhotoBlog : A Misty Zoo Morning @EdinburghZoo

Didn’t really look like a zoo kinda day. One of those wet, foggy Edinburgh days. But we settled on the zoo for a wander. I’m glad we did. I said in my post about shooting in the zoo that bright days weren’t always the best. This was the ultimate test of that. Light as dull and flat as it comes. But got some ok shots with the cooperation of the animals and the low-light capabilities of the 5D. Anyway, here’s a selection.

Darwin's Rhea Running

Darwin’s Rhea Running

As we were leaving one of the Darwin’s Rhea ( presumably the male ) went a bit nuts and started sprinting round it’s enclosure at some pace. I followed it in burst mode and got about 5 shots in focus and lots less so. It was very entertaining.

Cassowary

Cassowary says no

The Cassowary were prowling very near the fence. They look very prehistoric. You can imagine bits of them not looking out of place on a dinosaur. And I wouldn’t like to mess with one.

Saki Monkey

Saki Monkey

First time I’ve ever got this close to the Saki Monkey in the primate walkthrough. He didn’t hang about for long.

Chevrotain

Chevrotain

The Chevrotain ( or mouse deer ) is the smallest hoofed animal and, bizarrely, has fangs. Go figure. A debut on this blog for these little guys.

Southern Pudu

Southern Pudu

Another debutant. The Southern Pudu. Was kind enough to stand about long enough for me to negotiate the holes in the fence for a clearer shot.

Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard

The leopards were in good form. Hanging about for ages in clear view.

Amur Leopard Eating

Amur Leopard Eating

The business end of the other Amur Leopard.

Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper Penguin

The new penguin enclosure lets you get shots that weren’t really possible before. Imagine my surprise when zoomed in on this fella he barked right down my lens. My squeal amused some Japanese tourists.

Headless Penguin

Headless Nick

It is amazing how some penguins survive with no head. Probably fed with a pipette like Mike the Chicken.

Underwater Penguin

Underwater Penguin

The glass in the new enclosure is a lot cleaner too.

Porpoising Penguin

Porpoising Penguin

Not a great shot, one that more light would have helped with. Will try this one again.

Meerkat Looking

Meerkat Looking

It is almost impossible not to get at least one decent photo of the meerkats.

Asiatic Otter

Asiatic Otter

And if the otters are out at the same time, it’s a great wee corner of the zoo.

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Since these little guys moved in with the parrots they’re a lot easier to photograph.

Top of the list for getting a shot remain the Clouded Leopard as the Asiatic Golden Cat ( brief appearance in the bushes ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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