Sunday, 27 April 2014

When's The Best Time To Go To The Zoo?

The weather forecast for this weekend was abysmal - rain and more rain.  Despite this, we decided last night that we would chance a day at the zoo today. It was clear skies at home, but as we drove to Marwell Zoo, the heavens opened and everywhere was flooded.  However, as we pulled into the carpark, the rain eased off to a light drizzle and we picked our way through the mud and puddles and had the best day at the zoo I think I have ever had.
Some of the animals preferred to stay snuggled up indoors, but the majority were outside and the best part was, we just about had the place to ourselves!  There were some places where we were the only people, no-one else in sight.
My camera perfomed well today - I got some great reference shots.  As well as some unexpected bonuses:
A crow photobombing!
Do you ever wonder where pigeons nest?  This one has found a lovely spot.
The zebras were curious and friendly today without hordes of people passing by.
Unfortunately, it was so quiet that my favourite animal and the reason I wanted to go to Marwell, the snow leopard, could not be bothered to wake up. Oh well, you can't have everything!

I managed to get some sketching done in the giraffe house too - usually it's impossible with lots of people jostling for a view.

So a good time had by all, and well worth taking the chance.


Soggibottom said...
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Magpie Magic said...

Wow! I am so jealous. Great pics and sounds like you had fun. All I got was a shot of a sleepy cat. LOL xoxox

Anonymous said...

NONONO! You MUST paint a picture of the sleepy leopard! He is so cute! Jxxx

Nunt said...

If you like snow leopards, you should check this webcam in Tallinn zoo:
take the "Pesa kaamera". That's 3 little amur leopard cubs and their mom in their nest 24/7 :)