San Diego Zoo Visit,
tourist things in our hometown.
Event Report 20210302
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For some reason, on our
previous visit to the zoo, we missed the baby giraffe. I
think it was hiding from us, but we did not see it. Since
the zoo is too big to swallow in one bite, we came back to see
more of this word-class attraction. The zoo is always fun, but
sometimes it can be quite crowded. We lucked-out on the day
we visited and the crowds were minimal.
All the photos below were taken with my Sony A7R4 camera and Sony
and 24-70mm or 100-400mm zoom lens. All images were shot in
uncompressed RAW format (at about 120mb per image). Digital
images were developed with Capture One and reduced to 1200x800
pixels for inclusion in this page.
The photos below are
what we saw.
I happened to step out the front door to take out the garbage
and noticed a clear sky and a bright, full moon.
We decided to head back to the zoo and check out the baby
giraffe. This time, he was up and about. "Baby" is a
relative term as this fellow is about 6 feet tall. The
tufts of hair on the head are actually coverings for stubby
The baby was pacing around, then finally decided it was time to
The baby went to ground, but did not sleep while we were
This adult was facing away from us allowing us to see the
exposed portion of their horns. While they are rounded, I
am sure they would do plenty of damage.
We waled past the
Hamadryas baboon enclosure and saw one of the younger females
combing the grass for bugs.
We traversed the Australian animal enclosure and passed this
fellow getting in his daily grooming. Note the big claws
and huge, can-opener beak.
While he was grooming, he paid us no attention whatsoever.
A small wallaby was hanging-out in the sun.
Kathleen is a turtle fan so we headed to the reptile
enclosures. This is a "radiated" turtle and is
characterized by the radiating patterns on the shell.
This lizard was out in the open catching some rays. He has
a beautiful green and blue speckled hide.
A large monitor lizard.
An endangered Chinese crocodillian.
This odd beast is a gharial. They are a fish-eating
crocodile and native to the Indian sub-continent. Note the
bulb at the end of the snout.
There were a ton of turtles in the same enclosure as the
gharial. It was feeding time as the keepers had just
tossed a bunch of lettuce into the water.
I thought that the gharial would eat the turtles, but they much
This was a huge turtle with a really long neck and a
Another turtle is visible below the gharial.
The nose bulb, narrow snout and many sharp teeth make the
gharial an effective hunter.
This fellow went for a swim and was now headed for parts unknown.
A very large lizard, likely some species of iguana.
This tortoise was drinking from the pond and submerged his whole
head. Notice the wet marks on his face.
This very large Galapagos Tortoise was chowing-down on a bale of
Some kind of beaded lizard, napping in the sun.
Near the exit to the zoo we spotted a trio of peacocks.
Notice the reflection in his eyes.
That pointed beak would give a nasty bite. I had a long
lens on the camera, so I never got close enough to give him a
chance. This bird has rather sparse head feathers,
possible due to fighting.
His buddy was in a nearby tree and seemed to have a complete set
of head feathers.
A few days later we headed out to east San Diego county to a
place called Lindo Lake to see what was there. We spotted
this Canadian goose standing on one leg and watching me
Another kind of goose at Lindo Lake; check out the girth on his
We struck up a conversation with an older woman at the lake and
she told us that she feeds mackerel to the egrets. The
birds can spot her a mile away, possibly by scent, but swarmed
her as soon as she started speaking to us. The birds came
very close hoping for a handout.
A view of Lindo Lake looking to the east toward the large
cliff-face of "El Capitan".
Another bird standing on one leg.
The San Diego zoo is large
and even on our second visit we were not able to see the entire
park. Our yearly pass has already paid for itself in two
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