We've been very busy while Sarah's been off work, at least by my own recent standards. Her vacation has been quite relaxing for her, but I am going to have to rest up once she returns to work next week. In the meantime, we spent a day just decompressing around the apartment today, which was fine because it was kind of miserable outside and really not worthy of getting out into the world.
|The bronze-medal-winning women's soccer team|
credit: Paul Hackett/Reuters
There were a couple of highlights today, of course. Usain Bolt defended his Olympic 200 Metre title, becoming the first man in history to win both the 100 and 200 metre races in back-to-back Olympics - and once again he slowed down right at the finish line. What an incredible show he puts on. Also, Canada's Damian Warner put up Personal Best scores in six of the ten events in the Decathlon over the past two days, finishing fifth (four points out of fourth) in his first Olympics...and he's only 22 years old. Look for big things from this man in Rio in 2016
|Addie in a rare sunny moment today|
Now it's time for me to play a couple of computer games and hit the sack. Many thanks to those of you who contributed your thoughts on Facebook and elsewhere about the fledgling that I photographed at the Zoo yesterday. We've now established that it was a Cedar Waxwing who had very likely been out of his nest for a grand total of five minutes or less when we came upon him. Here is that photo again:
|Cedar Waxwing fledgling on the fence in front of the cheetah exhibit|
And, for comparison purposes, here is a shot of a Cedar Waxwing Fledgling from the site Fine Art America. It seems virtually certain that that's the same species, although the one we saw yesterday was much younger. In fact, we asked about it on a birding site and one of the moderators said it was the youngest he'd ever seen a Cedar Waxwing in a photo. That's one of the luckiest pictures I've ever taken.
But then...that's the Zoo for you. Like I said once before: "I love the Zoo. Always have. But yesterday I got the distinct impression it was loving me right back."