|"How you doin'?"|
Wherein the saga of "Sarah and Steve's Day of Fun!" is so long, dear reader, that your humble author saw fit to break it into two parts. Volume 2 will appear tomorrow.
Sarah and I had planned to go to the Zoo yesterday, but *gasp!* the weather people were wrong. It was cold and damp in the late morning when we decided to stay home; it stayed that way all day long, so that was a good call. Luckily, Sarah had had the forethought to book off a back-up day today and, even though it was overcast with a small threat of rain when we took off for the Rouge Valley, we decided to brave it. Thank goodness we did, because by the time we had been at the Zoo for about 20 minutes the sun came out and the skies were a warm, cloudless blue the rest of the day. The peacock pictured above we encountered on our way to see the penguins shortly after we arrived and he was strutting around like nobody's business, completely ignoring all the little people (by which I mean "kids") who were following him around on his walk. We had to go another 40 feet or so before we saw the intended recipient of his display, a peahen who was, unfortunately, ignoring him even more effectively than he was doing to the kids. I hope it made him feel a little better that we were darned impressed with his "rack".
|"The name's Keeper. Zoo Keeper."|
|Soup's on! (Although "Gozi" preferred to just cuddle...)|
|Pelicans amongst the African Penguns|
I shot a couple of videos of the feeding procedure, one with medium-zoom and one with tight-zoom, and have posted them on YouTube (and here on this blog). They are not top quality as I used my pocket point-and-click Fuji camera (which is all I had with me); however, they contain many delightful moments, such as when Gozi hops up onto Nick's lap (in the first video) and when the curious pelican and cormorant are tossed some lunch of their own (in both videos). Lap-hopping occurs around 45 seconds into the first video; the pelican makes his first appearance at 1:45; catches (on a bounce) his first fish around 2:20; the cormorant places his order around the 3-minute mark; and the pelican makes the catch of the day at the 4-minute mark. The second video focuses considerably more on the pelican and cormorant. And if you're waiting for that idiot kid who keeps yelling, "Hey people! Can I have one?" at the keepers to "fall" into the water, well....sadly, you're out of luck. He was too quick for us.
|Eldon, the eldest of the three chicks|
That's it for today, folks. Please join me tomorrow for the conclusion of "Strutting Peacock, Purring Jaguar" on most of this same blog.