A special day in Germany, celebrating my dad’s birthday. Three days with many lunches and dinners joining family and friend, and two short visits to a small zoo near Lucerne and a wild game park near my former home town of Zofingen in Switzerland.
First day of this year’s annual leave trip. I drove from Thanda to Pretoria to visit very good friends before departing for Europe on Wednesday.
It was a beautiful day and I was quite surprised when I passed a shallow lake with hundreds of Flamingos!
Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) are parrots found in Australia. Their habitats are rain forest, coastal bush and woodland areas. They are medium-sized parrots, with the length ranging from 25 to 30 cm (9.8–11.8 in), including the tail. The plumage is very bright. Juveniles have a black beak, which gradually brightens to orange in the adults.
A journey of Giraffe (8 in total) were crossing the road in front of my home, just as I was approaching. I waited patiently for these graceful giants to move on before I passed through the gate to Thanda House.
Soon I will be leaving South Africa for a few weeks to visit my family and friends in Germany and Switzerland. From mid of this month to mid of next month I will be blogging a bit less about the African Wild. But – as last year – you may expect a-travel-picture-blog-a-day (most of them taken with my iPhone!).
And as every year, I will be visiting a few zoos in Switzerland. I am planning to be at the Zurich Zoo on 2 June (Thursday), at the Basel Zoo on 6 June (Monday) and at the Wildlife Park Arth-Goldau on 31 May (Tuesday). In case any of my fellow photographers or blog-followers would like to meet for a chat at either of these locations, just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pictures show a Spectacled Bear at the Zurich Zoo, a Greater One-horned Rhinoceros at the Basel Zoo and a Great Grey Owl at the Wildlife Park Arth-Goldau.