Field Trip: Zoo

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We took our first field trip in forever on Monday.  Brianna didn’t have Spanish class and Josh and Megan’s science, Real Science Odyssey, called for a trip to the zoo to observe a wide variety of birds.  Sounded like a great time for a field trip to me.  Brian even took off work so that he could join us.  A great time was had by all, starting with some fun on the carousel.


It was a bit cooler than I was hoping, but we dressed warmly and went anyway because we remembered that the last time we went on a really cool day, the animals were very active. We were not disappointed. Look at this gorgeous coyote:


The snow leopard enjoyed posing for the paparazzi. There were two cameras bigger than mine already there, and we was hamming it up.

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I love the barn owl. He’s just beautiful, but always so forlorn-looking.


Isn’t this guy interesting looking? He’s a hybrid between an American bison and a Scottish Highlands cattle (and, yes, the sign said “a Scottish Highlands cattle,” even though it sounds like it should be plural).


I loved the little sparrows hanging out with the hybrid bull. The males were so pretty.


And, speaking of pretty, there was this adorable girl hanging around the petting zoo:


These next two are just a couple of the artsy type photos that I enjoy taking.


It must be mating season for the peacocks, because they were all strutting their stuff.  I didn’t realize that they also ruffle their tail feathers when they display them like this, so there was also this rustling noise going on everywhere and their really loud cries.


Great horned owls are such serious-looking creatures.


Not so much the raccoons. I love that I got this guy with his tongue sticking out.


The jaguars are gorgeous.  The one on his back was dying to play.  The other one really just wanted to be left alone.  His buddy was not convincing him to play.


I was pleasantly surprised that I got one decent picture of the new cotton-top tamarin twins. The lighting was awful, but this one turned out really well. You can see the face of the one baby and the back and tail of the other perched on mama’s back. The twins that the couple had last year are like little teenagers now and were so fun to watch.


It was a great day for a trip to the zoo…and much more fun than a day full of book work.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. We love going to zoos. Every zoo is different and has something new to see. Your zoo looks fun.

  2. Your pictures are fabulous! We love going to the zoo on colder days, it's usually less crowded and the animals are much more active than when you go in the summer.

  3. I love the zoo!! How delightful! I wish I could print off that pic of the peacock, what an amazing photo that was!

  4. Thanks, ladies! Tettelestai, that was my favorite shot (maybe…I like the one of the jaguars, too). I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. I have about a dozen shots of that little guy trying to get what I had pictured in my mind. Thankfully, he was very patient…or just really proud of himself. 😉

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