Dwight Peck's personal website

Summer 2019

A photographic record of whatever leapt out at us

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

The advent of Marlowe, Dmitri, and young Billy

and another visit to the zoo

But first, the eagles' nest on the main island, Adjidaumo, with the juvenile surveying his future kingdom . . .

. . . and showing off a bit, or merely stretching

And one of the adults is not too far away: He clasps the crag [or, in this case, tree] with crooked hands; / Close to the sun in lonely lands, / Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

Melvin in a deep snooze

The Merganser family parade, 7 July 2019

And, happily, the number of little followers is remaining stable so far.

A rendezvous on the lake

The Mergansers again (and still seven of the little ones), 8 July

Marlowe, Dmitri, and young Billy arrive, 9 July 2019

The Marlowe-Dima family parade, 10 July 2019

The Hydrobike Über: driver Dima and a passenger

Turning back for home on a windy day

Choupette in a meditative mood

Where has Choupette gone?

Making a break for it

Choupette, always the centre of attention

Posing for her fans

A trip to the zoo

Early July in a tourist town -- we'd dreamed of having the place to ourselves.

Queuing to get into the Wildwood Wildlife Park, 11 July 2019

Pet the goats, if you dare (one of them ate our map of the park).

The world's ugliest whatever it is

Dmitri ignoring a passing tortoise . . .

. . . but the tortoise has adopted Dmitri.

The lure of bunny-petting

A bunch of so-called Aoudads, or Barbary Sheep (looks like an ibex to the untutored eye)

Very mean-spirited reptiles

We may have awkward dreams for the next three months.

A look of pure malice

An osprey, apparently

And a bald eagle or perhaps a condor

Definitely a California condor, as far as wingspan goes anyway

That's a bald eagle, that one.

Kangaroos under sedation

Way too close to a dromedary camel

An inscrutable stare

Colorful tiny birds (we mustn't stand directly under them)

-- Hold still, and try to look happy!

Cute little birds, but we've still got half the zoo to get through.

The Scarlet Macaw, we're informed

Another occasion for nightmares or therapy

A group of idle and bored giraffes

For a small fee, Billy gets a packet of carrots to feed the thing.

And, if you're good, the giraffe will even swipe the carrot right out of your mouth with its 48-inch purple tongue.

Flamingoes, and the ongoing debate --are they naturally pink or is it only because of what they eat, or are those two the same thing?

An unsettling view

Summer 2019

Next up: Mini-golf, go-karts, ziplines, and more

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