13th January 2014

Just before the end of 2013 we went to Dublin Zoo with my brothers and their families. The Zoo is favourite spot of ours and all the children love it. As well as the Zoo animals if you keep your eyes open you can see a lot of other animals as well.

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The Grey Heron

There are a lot of wild Grey Herons around the zoo. They have worked out between the seal lion/penguin feeding and the outdoor tables at the restaurants there is a lot of free food around. This guy was very calm and allowed people get very close. I got as close as I could to ensure the background would be blurry to make the Heron stand out more.

Dublin Zoo Heron
Dublin Zoo Heron

 

Squirrel

We visit the zoo regularly and most times we see Squirrels running around but I never get a clear photograph of them. The joke in the family is to shout Squirrel everytime we see one or miss one 🙂 Dont know if it was the cold weather or if this guy was hungry but I got two photographs of this guy. As far as I know this is the grey squirrel.

Dublin Zoo Squirrel
Dublin Zoo Squirrel

 

Californian Sea Lions

I know the blog is about other animals than the zoo animals but I always love spending time watching the Seal Lions. They are so graceful in the water.

Dublin Zoo Seals
Dublin Zoo Seals

 

Robin

These are very common in Ireland, most gardens would have one or two. This guy kept following us for at least 3-4 minutes. Not sure if he wanted his picture taken or was looking for food…

Dublin Zoo Robin
Dublin Zoo Robin

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9th May 2013

As the year goes on and life gets busy it is hard to keep everything going. I do really need to focus back on keeping the blog up to date!

Last weekend we were back in one of our favourite places, Dublin Zoo. As mentioned on a previous blog we find the animals are more active during the colder weather and as the weather was warm (for Ireland ) at the weekend the animals were a bit subdued but we still enjoyed our time there. There was not much direct sunlight so it did make getting photographs easier as you did not have to worry as much about reflections off the glass, although at times I had the ISO set to 400.

The first two shots are of a Sumatran Tiger. There are fantastic looking animal and even though this one was relaxing he was very impressive to watch. According to the notes in Zoo the Sumatran tigers love to swim and they are the only tiger that has webbing on their paws to help with the swimming.

Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/250sec

Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger

 

This is the same tiger deciding we were not that interesting 🙂

Settings : ISO 400, 225mm, f5.0, 1/250sec

Sumatran Tiger Sleeping
Sumatran Tiger Sleeping

 

Normally with the Californian Sea Lions the challenge is to get a clear shot of them as they are usually swimming under water. No such challenge on this trip!

Settings : ISO 100, 150mm, f5.0, 1/160sec

Californian Sea Lions
Californian Sea Lions

 

One of the things I really like about Dublin Zoo is the large number of breeding programs they are involved in across a lot of the species they have. I forgot to take note of which type of monkey these are, if anyone does know please leave a comment. They were indoors and in very low light so I pushed the ISO to the highest setting on my camera.

Settings : ISO 1600, 70mm, f4.0, 1/60sec

 

Mother & Baby
Mother & B

 

Finally when I started back at the photography a few years ago I got a similar shot to this but I was using a smaller lens. When I took this first I was thinking there is the monkey do the same thing. Then it occurred to me he probably looked across and thought there’s your man taking the same picture again 🙂 Oh the monkey is a Sulawesi Crested Macaque.

Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/100sec

Sulawesi Crested Macaque
Sulawesi Crested Macaque

 
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4th April 2013

I am late with this week’s blog. Normally I post on a Monday or Tuesday but due to another photography project I could not reach on it. At the weekend we went to one of our favourite spots, Dublin Zoo. The sunshine was out so there were lots of photo opportunities. The Zoo can be a great place for photographs. We have noticed down through the years the animals seem to be more active in the cold months rather than the summer.

The Elephants are always very popular but after waiting for a few minutes I managed to get a clear spot to take pictures from. I always like to fill the frame with a few Elephants, trying to catch the interaction between them.

Settings : ISO 100, 200mm, f5.0, 1/200sec

Elephants Dublin Zoo
Elephants Dublin Zoo

 

In the last year or two Dublin Zoo has developed a whole new area for the Gorillas and it is fantastic. They have a lot more room to move around in and it is built so they have plenty of cover to hide behind. This is great for them as it is closer to their natural habitat but makes getting photographs a lot more difficult. This shot is one of a few I got as they made their way back towards their enclosure for the evening.

Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/100 sec

Gorilla Dublin Zoo

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