He wins the “I want to hug you” face award. It’s not often he’s awake.
This one wins the “I have the brightest colors” award. He struts around the Australian section of the zoo. I love the red face and yellow beak contrasting with the black and white feathers.
Some kind of stork. This one wins the “I have yellow oozing down my beak” award.
The penguin wins the “best use of pink eyeshadow” award.
The flamingo wins the “Pretty in Pink” award.
The meerkat wins the “Dirtiest but cute” face award.
This one wins the “Most unattractive but coolest” award. The marabou storks were working on the nest. Last spring I was able to get a few shots of the baby. I’m hoping for another one this year. I wonder what that bright pink button looking thing is behind his head.
This one wins the “meanest” face award. A tough looking bird, the shoebill stork had a baby on Christmas day in 2009. They haven’t had one since. I didn’t see any of them sitting on nests while I was there the week of Christmas this year.
This one wins the “Clown” face award. They are housed in the Lorikeet exhibit.
This one wins the “best use of the Arizona desert colors” award.
This one wins the “Come near me and see what happens” award. Especially with that feather sticking out of his teeth.
On my Christmas tourist tour trip to the zoo with my sister, I only took my 300mm fixed lens. I wanted to be able to get decent shots of the baby elephants which tend to hang out in the back of the exhibit. But you can see how close you can get to most of these animals. Most of the shots I could only get their heads, except for that alligator, which was in the back but I still couldn’t fit his whole body in. He was huge. So, I decided to focus in on the details of their faces. Since it’s that time of the year when all of the movie award shows come on TV I thought I’d do my own zoo animal awards. Let me know if you think they should win any other awards!