On Friday we went to the Zoo, just the second visit in our 9 years here. We went on the free bus at 9am in the morning and back at 6pm (approx 90 mins journey).
We had a lovely day and I took an embarrassingly large number of photos which I've whittled down to a couple of hundred LOL. so lots of reference material for future artwork. That does include pictures taken in the adjoining cactus botanic gardens and at the birds of prey exhibition.
I haven't really sorted all the pics yet but here are some random photos from the zoo
Who can't love these little Meerkats?
and mongoose ... which I understand are same family as Meerkats
The mongoose(s) were more fun though, they were hidden from sight when we first looked into their enclosure but later in the afternoon (when we were the only spectators) they were out in force, about 8 of them chasing each other around and play/fighting, chasing their tails like kittens. They were more amusing than the meerkats
The otters are such fun as well ...
We hand fed ringtailed lemurs. My hand
The zoo has a fantastic giraffe enclosure with viewing platforms at ground level and giraffe head-height so its possible to really get up close. In this case maybe a tad too close. Watch the tail end of David's ice-cream cone
Now you see it ...
Now you don't ... note the long black tongue. Not sure giraffes should eat ice-cream but its too late now ..
This little (if you can call a baby giraffe little) chap was desperate to share the adult's lunch - but his neck just isn't long enough yet
I took lots of zebra pictures too ... their stripes fascinate me
These two seemed to be best of mates ... despite the fact there were lots of other llamas and ostrich/rheas in the enclosure they seemed to have formed a friendship
and there's always someone who lowers the tone isn't there ...
will stop there as uploading photos is painfully slow on this travel computer. But as I have sooooo many photos I'm sure I'll be showing more in future posts,
Yesterday afternoon we had a long walk round town and stopped for a glass of wine at a beach front bar and just people watched. The wind had totally disappeared and the sea was dead calm then David spotted a strange regular black movement/wave out to sea.
It was a Giant Ray. The Spanish common name is Manta Ray, the British common name is Giant Devil Ray. I tried to get some photos but without much success. We know that the giant rays are seen regularly close to shore but this is our first sighting.
Its not clear from this photo but what we were looking at was approx 12ft - 15ft wide.
OK got to go now ....