Friday Night Photos Zoo edition

Happy Friday evening to everyone.
Went to the zoo twice this week. The first three shots are from Tuesday morning and the last two are from yesterday morning.

Grevy's Zebra
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Snow Leopard
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Schmidt's Red-tailed Monkey with a fig-eater beetle
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Masai Giraffe
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Crowned Eagle with fresh rat for lunch
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enhydra lutris's picture

zoo pictures here, but I do have some critters

Ocellated Turkey (Belize)
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Lion (Tsaavo, Kenya)
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Cape Buffalo (Governors' Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya)
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Lion (Governors' Camp)
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thanks for the great pics and for hosting

be well, have a good one and have a great weekend

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@enhydra lutris
I would love to go on an African safari.

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@Socialprogressive
I was in Kenya and Ruanda some 35 years ago and some folks drove us through 'the country side' (sorry dont remember anymore exactly, who it was in Kenya), but you would never, ever see the animals so close up.

So, thanks to all who post and make these wonderful photos. The zebra is an outstanding shot.

In the chaos of my life I havent even touched my camera since 10 years. But dare you to tell me I am a loser. In my next life I will certainly post the best photos I could ever make. Wink

Thanks all. I love these Friday night photo series, though I look at them, when it is morning over here in Germany.

Good Morning, Americ !

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@mimi
I don't know if I'll have another life so I'm hoping you can find time in this life to dust off your camera and show us photos from Germany.

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@Socialprogressive

No pressure mimi, but I would also definitely enjoy ; ).

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@enhydra lutris awesome pix EL! That Ocellated Turkey wins the turkey contest, as nice as ours is. Would love to see one. The Cape Buffalo is quite the beast! Wonderful photos!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

named Chan Chich, an eco-lodge and private preserve, up against the Guatemala border, across from Guatemala's largest parque and preserve which is in turn contiguous to the north with Mexico's Calakmul preserve. A huge expanse of interconnected preserves, so all kinds of critters, including the big cats are perfectly comfortable wandering around. The ocellated turkeys, howler monkeys, iguanas and basilisk lizards are pretty much everywhere, totally habituated, and everywhere as in on your porch, etc. On our way back from the lodge to our "hut" one day we saw a bat falcon plucking whatever it had caught up in a tree along the path, saw an Agami Heron on a morning bird walk, oropendolas are everywhere, etc.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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Great stuff, Moonbat.

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Haven't been to a zoo for ages.

Here's some local fauna

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

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Nice shots from the Nashville zoo, edg.

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@edg great pix edg! I think that is a Saddle-billed Stork. They are stunning! Rainbow Lorikeet maybe on the parrots? There are a bunch of lorikeets. Quite the tank there too! Very nice stuff!

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although sometimes it feels like one at my house. This is our new rescue Chihuahua. She's 8 years old and missing an eye from an attack while she was on the run before being picked up by the pound.

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@edg
Good for you and her, edg.

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I like the way you caught the Zebra, with the patterns of the body and head together.

I don't have any animal photos, but maybe these could pass as animal-like?

Thanks for posting and hosting.

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@janis b
You can post any photos you want. It's all good, and your two photos are very good.

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@Socialprogressive

for your kindness. It's good to share this space with you.

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@janis b Hi Janis! GREAT pix! I always love yer usage of light! Gives such dimension to your photos, creates a wonderful back and forth of the eye and depth. The 'roots in riverbank' is beautiful! Be well!

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@dystopian

You'd love the nature of this tree, the Pohutakawa. It loves exposure to the elements and is so strong.

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GREAT photos SP! Outstanding! Awesome sauce man!

Being an aquarist ... here are some captive critters... Cultured Giant clams. These are Tridacna maxima, the one one that gets 3-4 feet. These are 2-3" babies. I didn't take these below, a buddy did, these are from the Tahiti farm. The pattern of darkness and where the color will be is inherited genetically. The color is acquired. Like many (not all) corals these colors are from the zoanthalle (algae) that live in the tissue, they get protection, the clam gets sugar byproducts. So color is acquired, pattern genetic. I hate to brag but at one time I was called 'the clam man' in the fish biz at LAX. Wink There are a couple monsters at Sea World San Diego which I sold them, which are T. derasa.

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Hope all are doing well!

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Are they edible? Can you imagine what a great chef might create with them? Or is that sacrilegious to a different kind of clam man?

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@janis b Hi Janis, They are said to be delicious. I have never eaten one but would not hesitate if I were on an island out there. There were about 20 clam farms put in on various islands as their population growth ate all their food. The Japanese did this. Most are now closed because the islanders won't work them.

Interesting is how each island group eats them differently. and each island group thinks the others are nuts for how they do it. Some eat them raw, most cook them though. I think it is Fiji where it is in coconut milk which sounds awesome. But the Tongans think the Samoans are nuts for how they eat them, and vice versa. All the islanders think we are nuts for just looking at them. Wink

We had L.A. Co. Health Dept. come into our office and go into the invoice file drawer and inspect invoices to make sure we were not selling them to sushi restaurants for consumption. Just to fish stores. Of course we would not have invoiced them if we were doing that... and could have been rich had we...

My supplier in Samoa said when you can tell it is going to die, a day or two before it goes, it is still good to eat.

I do like any and all manner of seafood and shellfish. The answer to the question as to how I eat birds or fish being a bird and fish man, is that I know which ones taste best. Wink

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@dystopian

Diver Bliss ...

https://www.diverbliss.com/giant-clams-conservation-projects-in-fiji/

Everyone's nuts ...

Interesting is how each island group eats them differently. and each island group thinks the others are nuts for how they do it. Some eat them raw, most cook them though. I think it is Fiji where it is in coconut milk which sounds awesome. But the Tongans think the Samoans are nuts for how they eat them, and vice versa. All the islanders think we are nuts for just looking at them. Wink

Coconuts are a pretty prolific food source in the Islands, and Fiji having a strong Indian influence uses it a lot.

I don’t think I would find the giant clams appealing unless served thinly sliced as sashimi with a light dipping sauce.

You are a trip ...

I do like any and all manner of seafood and shellfish. The answer to the question as to how I eat birds or fish being a bird and fish man, is that I know which ones taste best. Wink

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@dystopian
Love the colors and patterns on those giant clams.

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