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Date: 2010-10-01 05:14
Subject: [photos] Australia: Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Tags:australa, nature, photos, travel
I didn't take any photos during the Worldcon itself. This was in part due to loaning out my camera In A Good Cause, and in part because I generally don't much photograph stuff I'm participating in. However, the day after everything ended, jackwilliambell, catvalente and I rented a car and went a-driving. Our first stop was a wildlife park south and west of Melbourne, the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Most of the zoo was dedicated to African wildlife, but we visited the Australian section.

And the meerkats, of course, because how can you not visit meerkats?

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We arrive en scene.

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This little fellow was first to greet us. A superb fairy wren, I am told.

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Sadly, no demos were being mounted at the time.

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A bandicoot, apparently not breeding. Unless bandicoot breeding is a very zenlike experience.

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Suspicious, resentful emu. Much like cats, really.

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More suspicion and resentment.

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Cape Barren geese.

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Another Cape Barren goose.

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Mama and gosling.

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Big and leggy.

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Ducking the camera.

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Magpie.

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Kangaroos are lazy bastards.

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At least until I walk away.

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Meerkat giving the kangaroo a run for his lazy money.

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Even lazy doesn't last forever.

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The rare and elusive jackwilliambell Australis.

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catvalente in southron plumage.

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Birds on a wire. (This photo by catvalente.)

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-10-01 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm astonished that you got photographs of jackwilliambell Australis! It is indeed a rare creature, camera shy and grumpy when captured by the lens. That first meerkat photo is hilarious. And I love the Cape Barren geese. They are strangely handsome birds.

(I need a photography icon.)
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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2010-10-03 08:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
meerkats always need to be visited! :)

I think you will find "big and leggy" is a Brolga...

side note, my parents live about 25 mins from the Wildlife park... I haven't been there in many many years...
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