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