Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 05/02/2011

Well, that doesn’t happen very often!

Despite the high winds and inclement weather conditions, I made a trip to a zoo I’ve not been to for a few years, the Cotswold Wildlife Park today. I nearly turned back at one point realising that any attempts at taking pictures would be against the odds, with high iso settings, low shutter speeds required to get anything even half decent but I’m so glad I didn’t.

Now I’ve been to my fair share of zoos, in fact I’ve probably been to a few other peoples’ share as well and whilst I love all types of wildlife I find I’ve usually seen all the exhibits, though I still love watching them. Today, however I was totally spell bound by a number of species I’ve never seen before, except on television. The two highlights were the Red-Bellied Lemur (pictured) and Verreaux’s Sifaka (another type of lemur); I didn’t manage to photograph the later as I was so spell-bound watching them I didn’t even consider taking their picture.

I’ve said before, and at the risk of repeating myself, I’  say it again – there are times to photograph, and there are times to watch. This was definitely a time to watch.  Sure I could have taken a half decent image of one of these agile and captivating primates but nothing would have compared to watching them effortlessly spring from one tree to another.

As the terminator says – kind of – I will be back, and hopefully with better weather, will come better photographs, but on the whole a very enjoyable and memorable day.


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