Now that the weather is getting warmer albeit still inconsistent here in Calgary it was time to head back to the Zoo. This would also be my first time out with the Nikon D7000 that I just picked up. I packed a little heavy taking all my lenses and by the end of the day I had only managed to use my 70-300mm and 105mm macro.
I arrived around 10:30 in the morning with the sun shining and the wind pretty light I walked through the Canadian wilds taking the time to at least spot each animal as I went. Some like the Grizzly and Black bears were to sleeping soundly and not in the most photogenic moods it would appear. Perhaps in the warmer days of summer will be better to capture the pair of wolves which ran playfully back and forth in the distance before disappearing into an area I couldn't see.
I would find better luck as I crossed the bridge onto the island that makes up the bulk of the Calgary Zoo. The red pandas which I had rarely seen in my previous visits were out and about. One would rest while the other would be running around then they would seem to switch roles. Cotton top Tamarin's are one of my favorite animal subjects, so tiny with plenty of character and personality. Their faces have so much fine detail in then that is fun to try and capture.
The Yellow-headed Amazons are amongst the most colorful inhabitants that you'll find at the Calgary Zoo, they can move around quite a bit but also gave me plenty of time to capture their poses. Patience paid off when I went by the den of the Amur Tigers also known as Siberian. At first I wasn't able to get a good shot of the Tigers face but as I came to the end of their enclosure and turned back I noticed the previously sleeping Siberian raise its head and survey its human visitors.
This year the Penguin exhibit will bring plenty of visitors to the Calgary Zoo. I decided at this time due to long line ups not to check out the penguins. I do definitely plan to see them perhaps when the crowds thin out.
As the wind picked up dramatically I decided to call it a day, satisfied that I at least had something to go home with on my memory card. My first visit of 2012 was a nice taste of what is to come as the weather gets nice. Next time though I must buy a pass since the amount of Zoo trips I take each year seems to keep going up.