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Enjoying the sunshine

2010.02.19
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Snoozing in the sunshine
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"What are you staring at? Some of us are trying to sleep here!"
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This yellow mongoose was very attentive
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Lunch consists of bamboo shoots when you're a red panda. He looks very cute but I wouldn't want to mess with those claws!
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With the promise of some sunny weather I took myself off to the Marwell Wildlife park today – something I’ve been planning to do all week. They’ve recently welcomed some new snow leopards to the park and, as you all know, I have something of a soft spot for anything feline so they were my first port of call. I visit Marwell a couple of times each year and have success photographing a different combination of animals each time. The now leopards were still very dozy when I got to them but I managed to catch one of them snoozing in the sunshine. One thing I did achieve today was to finally take a decent shot of a red panda. Every time I’ve seen these cute little creatures anywhere they’ve been curled up in a tight ball, fast asleep at the very top of a tree. However, this little chap was happily tucking into some bamboo outside his house at lunchtime and I caught some very sweet expressions as he munched away! As ever, the meerkats were excellent value, posing obligingly and I couldn’t resist posting a few of my favourite shots of them enjoying the sun.
28 Comments
Goldbrandi Wooow!Fantastic! :))
Goldbrandi · 2010-02-19: 17:46
ArtBee These are just so incredible Helen! You captured the red panda very nicely. Excellent shots of the leopard. Those meerkats look like camera hams... :)
ArtBee · 2010-02-19: 18:09
lgnelson My wife and I love meerkats! The Memphis (Tennessee) Zoo has a nice exhibit, and when we're there, we have a hard time leaving them. All of the other shots are wonderful. Thanks for the post!
lgnelson · 2010-02-19: 18:29
djnana My husband just posted ahead of me and told me to go to your site. Oh, my! I could look at those little meerkat faces all day. I'm making #7 a favorite so that I can! Thanks so much for sharing your day at the zoo!
djnana · 2010-02-19: 18:37
florlavag Wonderfull! Where is that?
florlavag · 2010-02-19: 18:45
Wasichseh Wow, they are all so cute! No 5 goes into my favs!
Wasichseh · 2010-02-19: 19:07
????? Excellent set!!!!! I love #1, 5, and 8!!!
????? · 2010-02-19: 20:02
urmysunshine haha, I love #4; what a sinister smirk that dude has!!~
awesome shots, great work with the lighting!
urmysunshine · 2010-02-19: 21:31
????? Wonderful, cute set!
????? · 2010-02-20: 05:18
Lynda This is a lovely set and I rememeber a trip to Marwell many years ago where I saw endangered animals I'd never come across before like white tigers, snow leopards etc.
Lynda · 2010-02-20: 08:14
lookagain Great shots of adorable creatures! I love the sleepy guy in the first two and the angle in the last one!
lookagain · 2010-02-20: 09:10
NellyBly So sweet! I love him enjoying the sunshine in #1, makes me feel warm too..I've never seen a red panda..wonderful shots :-)
NellyBly · 2010-02-20: 10:50
????? This is a charming, warming and relaxing set... I feel like to do the siesta with them...
????? · 2010-02-20: 11:27
Sharon Oh - I'm jealous! I want to go to the zoo ;-) Really like the back view of the meerkat #5 - the lighting is nice.
Sharon · 2010-02-20: 14:00
MoMac TfS never seen a red panda before, great set.
MoMac · 2010-02-20: 14:18
Eiram This is such a beautiful set! great photos!
Eiram · 2010-02-20: 15:38
matteahmb Favorites are 1,2 and 9! Great job. Our zoo closed down. I think I would be there all the time.
matteahmb · 2010-02-20: 22:35
miltonjacob oh! so lovely shots!
miltonjacob · 2010-02-21: 07:58
snapshoot Love all of them :-)
Thank you for sharing...
snapshoot · 2010-02-21: 09:55
pumacat #5 is so cute, and #1 fantastic!
pumacat · 2010-02-21: 11:47
????? Suricatas are soooo cute!
And I love that beautiful red panda!
:D
????? · 2010-02-21: 14:14
kellybee322 What a great set!! Love them all but #1 and 5 are my favs!
kellybee322 · 2010-02-21: 14:49
txerra Great series!
txerra · 2010-02-21: 16:58
????? Great set! I love the furry little creatures ... pandas are a favorite of mine ... the red one is adorable. :)
????? · 2010-02-22: 13:47
????? nice set!
????? · 2010-02-24: 12:35
Melusine All of these pictures are decent and excellent, Helen!
I do like #5 very much, and those after, it's like he is sitting meditate or ponder about life - or just watching the lovely sunny day.
Melusine · 2010-02-25: 16:41
ppinho Very well captured! 5 & 6 are just great! :)
ppinho · 2010-02-25: 18:57
Davorka super, volim 5 i 6 !!
Davorka · 2010-03-12: 11:57
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