Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nature day out.

During the summer we decided one day to go to the Exmoor Zoo, this friendly little Zoo lies just off the A39 a couple of miles outside of Combe Martin in N Devon. It specialises in the smaller Animals, although it now has its own "Beast of Exmoor" in the shape of "Lady" a female "Black Leopard". Also boasting Cheetah's and Maned Wolves as a couple of the bigger Species. While we there I didn't keep note of the animals we were photographing, so I'm afraid I am not 100% sure what we caught on film. Perhaps a few of you nature buffs (i was going to say naturists but thought better of it) will tell me in your comments,
1. So here we go this first picture is of the pack lead male "Meerkat" doing the classic look out duty.

2. There are quite a pack? of "Meerkats" here, they are just so lovable and cute, we spent ages watching and taking pictures.
3. Isn't this picture just crying out for a caption, so lets have some please. "Where is it I'm looking but cant see anything".
4. Isn't this Maned Wolf so photogenic and adorable looking?. He/she doesn't look so cute standing up he/she is a bit lean and gangly then, but don't tell them I said so I don't want to hurt his/her pride/
5. Naughty me threw a stone into the long grass by its side, like lightening it immediately was looking to see what made the grass move, looking for a mouse or whatever I suppose.
6. Now then what have we here?, some sort of hairy Monkey with the look of a Pekingese about it.
7. This I think was some sort of "Long eared Fox" if I remember rightly?.
8. Real good lookers this pair of "Cheetah's", the only trouble this is the only shot we could get with either of them looking in our direction.
9. These I think were "Ring Tailed Lemurs", there were quite a few of these here.
10. These"Otters" just wouldn't stay still, we followed them around their enclosure for ages trying to get them still for a picture but to no avail.
11. Now then "Otters" a pack? a tribe? you tell me.
12. A pair of I think N American "Short Eared Owls", If Abe of reads this I'm sure he will know. Anyone wanting to see wildlife photography then look no farther than here, amazing shots from someone with a very famous heritage.
13. Now then what have we here? an Australian Rugby team perhaps, there is quite a big very tame herd? here.
14. Now i am sure someone (especially Abe) will tell me what this beautiful bird is.
15. This big bird is ugly but its youngster is even uglier, certainly not in the league of looks against the previous one. I'm fairly sure it was sort of "Hornbill".
16. This one isn't the best photo so that makes it difficult, looking at it I would say some sort of "Buzzard" or "Eagle" perhaps?.
17. These we didn't actually photograph in the flesh, we took these off pictures posted around the Zoo.
18. Again this lovely lady was taken from a zoo picture, although we did take our own but at a distance and through thick vegetation so were poor. Apparently "Lady" is one of only two Females of the Species capable of breeding in the UK.

Overall a very enjoyable day for anyone holidaying in the area. During the summer months a guided tour starts every hour explaining all about the Animals and Birds and their breeding programme.
Joke of the day.
A hiker gets lost in the woods and spends the next three days wandering around with no food, finally he comes around a tree and spots a Bald Eagle asleep in its branches.He creeps up and throws a rock killing it,Immediately he sets abut eating it raw.A park ranger stumbles on the scene and arrests the hiker for killing an endangered species.
In court the hiker explains that he was on the edge of starvation and had no choice.
“Considering the circumstances, I find you not guilty,” says the judge. “But I have to ask—what did the eagle taste like?”
“Well, your honor,” the hiker says, “it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl.”


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, I havent been to a zoo in years great pics.laughed at the comment aussie rugby team.. Wallaby.and I agree that is an ugly bird..

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Blogger Gina E. said...

You have whet my appetite for visiting our zoo again, Bob - we haven't been for years! Love your photos and the captions - funny man!
Re your comment on my blog about Ken's many talents - I said to Ken it's a pity we aren't neighbours. You two would be inseparable - bikes, steam engines, birds, fishing...dare I go any further??

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