On Saturday the weather started out showery and very cold and all the Gorillas were indoors and difficult to see. At just 3 years old Sophie (Grand-daughter) has a short attention span so wasn't bothered about not seeing animals - she just wanted to visit the childrens' play area and play on swings etc.
But Nanny Sue (me) wanted to photograph something! Actually once we'd had lunch, the weather brightened up and we saw quite a few animals. Some of my pictures:
Lots of pics of this lovely cat ... he/she is a little lopsided on the ear-tuft front - looks very comical in some of the photos
I'm pleased with these pictures because I had to focus my camera through the wire fencing until the wire 'blurs out' a bit.
Obviously you can still see where the 'blurs' are but by taking lots of photos I can piece together enough to make a good reference for future drawings
This little chap will definitely be at the top of my 'to draw' list. He is a 'Langur' and was outside on his own. All the others were indoors enjoying a tasty meal. So I'm not sure if he was just not hungry or had been sent outside to amuse the visitors but he looked so dejected :-(
and these lion tailed macaques – who also go by the phonetically fun name of ‘wanderoo’ (from the old Sinhalese word for ‘monkey’) are wonderful characters. Mother love here:
Having a good gossip here:
But for me, the highlight of this visit was watching the interaction between young tigress and keeper. Apparently, the keeper took the tiger home to look after her from day 2 of her life, and now he spends many hours with her 'playing' with toys and water games to keep her occupied and stimulated. She is still fairly young (but big) It was lovely to watch them together, but I'm very conscious of how very large and powerful those paws are and even in play she'd do a lot of damage if she lashed out!
Again, these photos were taken by focusing through wire fencing - frustrating, but far safer than being inside the play area I think!
I must have taken around 50 pics of this tiger .... my reference photo files are growing rapidly!
We're off to India tomorrow so I'm hoping to get lots of 'Indian Character' ref pics. We will visit wildlife and tiger reserves but not sure I'd get close enough to get pictures I could draw from. Just about finished packing and now have tomorrow morning to clean the house as the 'sitters' arrive lunchtime just about the time we leave for the airport.
Not sure when/where we will get internet connection but I hope I may be able to make a couple of posts during our trip.
If not, see you in 18 days' time!