|The older of our two female otters|
|Rodney, the ring-necked pheasant|
|Love in a rookery|
|Can you spot the chick in this picture?|
From the penguins I went to the Canadian Domain, which I hadn't been to since about this time last year, I think. I said hi to the Canada lynx...
|Om nom nom...|
...chilled with the loungin' cougar...
|Just hangin' around...|
...and visited the bison and bald eagles. Then I made the long, long climb back up to the top of the hill (which made me realize I needed to buy new, lighter boots for this job) and headed back to see my new buddy, Ashakiran, in the Indian Rhino Pavilion. She was busy nibbling away at some tasty branches a loving keeper had brought her, but then she got thirsty and took a long drink...
...and then it was time for me to leave, so I called out to her, "Bye, Asha! See you next week!" And, at the sound of her name, she looked up at me and my heart melted:
|Sarah says Asha is smiling at me in this picture|
Just before I left that pavilion I took a few shots of the Mandarin ducks, male and female. These are, in my opinion, the best two:
|Mandarin duck in all his splendor|
|Female Mandarin duck, almost a B&W shot|
Bone-weary and a little chilled—though not too much—I headed for the car and made my way home to see my cat, my kids and my best gal.
But not, of course, before stopping for a new pair of boots.