Today was the perfect day to take my young, visiting neices and nephew to the zoo. An earlier rain had cooled the air so it wasn't too hot or muggy. The 2 older children had specific animals that they wanted to see, but 5 year old Miki was happy with the chipmunks.
This is a 'kori bustard', which is penned with the giraffes. Its a very tall bird, and very inquisitive. I never really got a clear picture of this one because when it wasn't running in circles around the tree below me, it was trying to get a better look at my lens. I knew it was going to be too dark but I was pleasantly surprised by the way this picture turned out. Believe it or not I used no special effects, I merely sharpened it and removed a spot or two.
There were 3 peacocks out today, but no sign of the peahens. The males called loudly to each other but there was no colorful displays of tail feathers.
The Mexican Gray Wolf Woods exhibit was our last stop and we timed it perfectly. The wolves had just been fed and were very active. This wolf was missing the tip of one of his ears. The picture was taken through a large glass window that serves as part of the enclosure for the forest habitat. The wolf was actually staring at my son beside me who wanted to see what would happen if he tried to make eye contact and stare down a wolf. The wolf stared for almost a minute, and faked a lunge towards my son but never bared its teeth. It made a few more passes in front of us before it joined the others in the shadows of the trees.