Saturday, July 9, 2011

Camera Critters: Schwarze Berge

Hamburg has two zoos: Hagenbecks Tierpark (a normal zoo) and Wildpark Schwarze Berge, where only native animals are kept, in very big, natural enclosures.
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European Ibex, playfighting

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a peacock, just chilling

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Eurasian lynx - love the ears

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one of the two females, woken by the sound of my shutter

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a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

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a horned viper (Vipera ammodytes), really gorgeous animals that can differ greatly in colouring, we saw another individual that had dark black markings

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fallow deer (Dama dama)
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European brown bear, taking a break from digging for roots

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moose calf, about a month old

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a male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

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nutrias or coypus (Myocastor coypus) - the whole group had very different colours, from normal ones like the animal on the left to the leucistic one on the right and all degrees in between

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Eurasian wolf

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European badger (Meles meles) - even though they stand only 12 inches or so tall and weigh only around 15 kg, they are very powerful animals. This one here charged us and I wouldn't want to experience that without a fence between us. But European badgers are very, very shy and only rarely seen in the wild. He seemed to be that bad tempered because he had something caught in his hind foot (we told a zookeeper).

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