Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Return to Cotswold Wildlife Park



This was a revisit to Cotswold Wildlife park, one place my Wife & I like to visit every so often



One of the first places to go was the ring  tailed Lemur enclosure 




They were not the only ones using the enclosure either



Mongoose




having a good sniff around

Above my favourite Otters, I wrote a blog on them a few weeks back.



On the right Prairie Dogs





He was quite happy in his home




While this one looked out of the burrow





This gang of looked very serious



watching every move you made




Penguin time, they really swim fast under water



Is this side better



Pygmy Mongoose



Keeping a lookout.


The porcupine another blog I wrote recently




It was bigger than I thought, around the size of a small dog





Bonus was it had young who came out for a look around as well



Snow Leopard



One of my wife's favourite animals to see was the Giraffe



they look so graceful when they walk



But this one stuck out it's tongue


The Lion watching over his pride 




Lioness looking on




Humpty back Camels, other one on the right was very young when we last came here




Watching the visitors



The White Rhino





again last time I came the one on the left was very small




Zebras




Above adult Rhino while below you can see the other rhino that has grown up



Another photo featured was these turtles on a log


This Egyptian duck was having a great time splashing





finally spreading out it's wings

Peacock displaying it's tail feathers



The Peahen or Guinean Foul, has to be the nosiest critter I know of.  A local farmer used to keep they and you could hear them all over the village


Sleeping Wallaby

and a  Coypu


These were being fed but some one who paid for a day with a keeper






Coypu again



In the pet area and a flop eared Buny




above a goat who looks not too pleased, On the right one of the cows in the pet area

I'll leave you with this shot of a red panda asleep, I've not been able to get a good shot of them for the last two visits I had. Maybe next time.  
If you want to see my last visit and the Small Rhinos then check out the link

Thursday, 11 May 2017

RAF Duxford



These photos were taken a long time ago when I used an SLR film camera. My wife the kids and myself had a weekend away and ended up at Duxford which suited me to the ground. Duxford is an ex RAF base now in the hands of the Imperial War Museum and they fly many old planes there





This is an old Junkers JU52/3m which I found has it's own Wikipedia page though it is in German D-DQUI

This one is another JU52 which was used in World War Two by the German Paratroopers , must admit to always liking these planes





Took me a while to find out the name of this plane after I realised it was not what I thought it was. It's a
Morane-Saulnier MS.505 Criquet





Two planes I recognise the near white one is a TSR2 the one on the left is the Victor V Bomber


Line up of WWII planes with two of my favourite Spitfires 




A B52 Stratofortress now when you see this up close it is huge




This is one of the many displayed B52's around the world and one of the biggest planes beside Concorde to have landed at Duxford. I might add they will never take off here as the M11 went through part of the Runway




It's HAWG WILD nose art on the B29 Superfortress at one of the surviving Superfortress on display

On the right one of my favourite planes the  PBY Catalina




This is one of the surviving  PBY Catalina's around  the world




More Nose art on this P51 Mustang called Moose on the right a F4U Corsair with its wings up 





View through the planes to a Messerschmitt BF109


One of the WWI planes you can see at Duxford which may be a Bristol F.2 Fighter




Above the B17 Flying Fortress  Mary Alice and another F4U Corsair in beautiful condition 





Very nice Spitfire with Hurricane behind and Thunderbolt to the right





More nose art on this  B25 Mitchell Bomber  One of the surviving B25's from WWII




A Sunderland Flying Boat, this is huge





The De Havilland Mosquito 









All these photos were taken about 25 years ago  and have bee scanned up. Since then I have revisited and taken new photos which will be featured in another blog. A lot of the planes are now in new hangers and display areas which I hope to revisit again this year.