The Bird Garden, however, was great, with some really impressive birds. As we walked in, one young boy behind us asked "why don't the birds just fly away?" as some of the 'enclosures' are actually open (but a few are completely netted over) and to be honest, I'm not sure! I presume that they're either birds which don't fly very well anyway, or perhaps they've had their wings clipped. I'm always a tiny bit uncomfortable peering at animals in captivity, but I think times have changed now and places like this tend to be quite heavily focussed on breeding and conservation, and they do their best to give the animals a happy and safe environment in which to live.
I took my big posh camera but I think I need to get the instruction manual out again because, despite taking lots of photos, none of them came out very good! And a bad workman blames his tools, so I have to hold my hands up and say it was my fault and not the camera! Trying to photograph a bird through a wire fence resulted in lots of photos of a beautifully-in-focus fence and a blurry bird in the background!
So I've just picked out the best of a bad bunch here:
There were lots of these Superb Starlings dotted around, and they really are superb! Apart from the amazing colours of their plumage, they were very sing-songy and quite cheeky! It took me ages to get a photo of them, because as soon as I pointed the camera at one, it would fly to another branch and then when I tried again, it would fly back to it's original perch!
|Lilac Breasted Roller|
And last but not least, some flamingoes. I'm assuming these are two different species, due to the difference in height and the ones on the left being much paler in colour (though still pink). Unless they were adults and juveniles.
So it was a pleasant walk round, and I'm just sorry that I don't have more/better photos to show you. Lotherton Hall Estate does seem like a nice place to visit though, even though we didn't see much of it today, so if you've never been, I'd recommend it.
Well, I hope you've had a nice Bank Holiday and if it's back to work tomorrow for you, you have my comiserations and sympathy - I'm back too :-( I'm on a course aswell, which is going to be tough as my brain takes at least half a day to get back into the swing of things after any time off!