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Old Feb 17, 2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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After two weeks of shooting and/or editing nothing butsoccer and basketball pics, this morning I decided I was sick of black and gold (school colors) and wanted to take a couple of hours shooting something colorful. So, my wife and I drove to Little Rock to walk around the zoo for a couple of hours. Sure, it was a little cool, but a reluctant peacock who desparately wanted to stay warm clued us in that the animals might not fully cooperate.



Hailing from Africa, the great apes did a no-show and huddled inside their houses, but at least one red fox was awake enough to check out the guy with the long black tube coming out of his face



The waterfowl were less affected by the cold. In fact, this pelican positively demanded attention.



And, other than being even more surly than normal, nor was the bobcat affected



When we got cold, we slipped into the warm aviary. When I sat on a rock wall, my camera bag was assaulted by an African pheasant who evidently mistook it for a keeper's feeder bag. I don't know the proper name for the bird, but I call it the Phyllis Diller bird.



Like many older zoos, the Little Rock zoo is in a state of transition, moving from cages and bars to "environments." Yet to benefit from the change are some of the larger monkeys.



All in all, a fun day, even if a little uncomfortable. I even got in some color.


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Really great shots, I just love zoo's, wish we had a big one close to here.
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Superb shots there.

Looks like I am going to have to visit my local zoo sooner rather than later.

What lens were you using?



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Obviously you had a very pleasant and photowise successful day.

The "African pheasant" is aSouthern crowned pigeon, Goura scheepmakeri. It's from New Guinea. http://www.waza.org/virtualzoo/facts...0Columbiformes

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What lens were you using?
On all but the pigeon and the monkey behind bars, I used the Phoenix 100-400mm AF. For those two I switched to the DA*50-135.

Kjell, thanks for the ID on the pigeon. Inside the aviary they have small identification plaques, but I didn't find the one for this bird and thought I remembered, obviously incorrectly, from an earlier visit that it was a pheasant of some variety from Africa.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Trojansoc wrote:
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What lens were you using?
On all but the pigeon and the monkey behind bars, I used the Phoenix 100-400mm AF. For those two I switched to the DA*50-135.

Kjell, thanks for the ID on the pigeon. Inside the aviary they have small identification plaques, but I didn't find the one for this bird and thought I remembered, obviously incorrectly, from an earlier visit that it was a pheasant of some variety from Africa.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Okay you've inspired me...Now which Zoo do I go too? I'm 90 miles from Nashville....90 miles from Birmingham........250 miles from Atlanta! Some very good photos there Paul!

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Very nice portraits. That Phoenix seems to be quite a capable lens for this sort of work. Lighting was good - I take it it was an overcast day?

If that is an American White Pelican, it has some serious problemswith those facial excrescences. The Pelican may be a wild fly-in, but the Flamingo may have a problem, too, with its left wing which looks to be dragging- where are their vets?
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bigdawg wrote:
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What lens were you using?
On all but the pigeon and the monkey behind bars, I used the Phoenix 100-400mm AF. For those two I switched to the DA*50-135.

Kjell, thanks for the ID on the pigeon. Inside the aviary they have small identification plaques, but I didn't find the one for this bird and thought I remembered, obviously incorrectly, from an earlier visit that it was a pheasant of some variety from Africa.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Paul
Okay you've inspired me...Now which Zoo do I go too? I'm 90 miles from Nashville....90 miles from Birmingham........250 miles from Atlanta! Some very good photos there Paul!

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Why not take a long weekend and visit all 3? :G
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What lens were you using?
On all but the pigeon and the monkey behind bars, I used the Phoenix 100-400mm AF. For those two I switched to the DA*50-135.

Kjell, thanks for the ID on the pigeon. Inside the aviary they have small identification plaques, but I didn't find the one for this bird and thought I remembered, obviously incorrectly, from an earlier visit that it was a pheasant of some variety from Africa.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Paul
Okay you've inspired me...Now which Zoo do I go too? I'm 90 miles from Nashville....90 miles from Birmingham........250 miles from Atlanta! Some very good photos there Paul!

Dawg
Why not take a long weekend and visit all 3? :G
The wife won't do it! I checked!



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Nice change of pace. These are excellent shots. A wee bit easier than the sports variety but nonetheless, the compositions are very good and the lenses used produced some sharp, contrasty and colorful shots.

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