A male Merganser stands on the only rock in the river so he can watch over his family or maybe he see it as looking over his kingdom.
One more image from the Calgary Zoo. It was a rainy wet day in August and the animals were active because it wasn’t too hot for them. The food had just been put out and the grizzlies where eating away. I made a few images of them eating and of the crows stealing the bears food. I also made some more abstract detail images like this. The wet grizzly fur on the other side of the wet fence. There is something I like about this image.
Bring together a dog and some water and you have a happy dog. If the dog has a stick and a person to throw it then it is the happiest day for the dog.
This is an area that fills with rain water on the top of Nose Hill Park. It is a great place to watch dogs. Even though it is in the middle of an old gravel pit there is a park bench for people to sit and and watch the dogs play. It brings a smile to everyone who walks by.
The Calgary Zoo has many species of animals. The tiger has to be one of the most intriguing. They move so effortlessly and they are always aware. This tiger would stop and stare at something in the distance. It would stay like this for what seemed like minutes. The focus that is critical in the wild for a hunter, a survivor.
Another Child walks by and the snow leopard’s eyes follow along. Sitting quietly almost invisible in plane site. I was watching and I was not sure if he was interested in them or hungry. He just stayed in this spot and watched as people moved by. A beautiful animal that I only want to see this close when they are in an enclosure.
Many years ago the Calgary Zoo opened a penguin exhibit. Yesterday was the first time I was able to spend some time watching the penguins. The are quite fun to watch. The swim with such grace. They loved looking at kids looking at them when they were under water. It was a great time and these two posed for me. Okay they were watching the zoo keeper with the food but at least they stood still long enough to create this image.
A day at the zoo and I see lots of animals although it is almost more interesting watching the local animals take advantage of the Zoo’s plentiful food supply. Most of these are birds, ducks, crows, magpies and sparrows.
This little sparrow so easily makes his way through the wire fence to get to a meal on the others side. Some times that meal is inside an animal enclosure and sometimes it is from where the humans walk.