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


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


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.