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Free Pocatello Zoo Day 2016

Free Pocatello Zoo Day 2016
With how much success we've had in the past with zoo photography, we decided to check out the Pocatello Zoo when they had a free admission day this year.  I hadn't been to the zoo in town yet so I wanted to check it out for myself.  It turned out to be worth the trip and here's why.

The Pocatello Zoo at Ross Park specializes in native animals.  With the exception of the petting zoo area and the peafowl, all the animals you see there are native to this local area.  There are no exotics to be seen in any of the exhibits.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature photograph of an adult bald eagle bird in profile in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
It was a cloudy day and much cooler than the rest of the month had been.  This made for a much more pleasant time walking around the zoo.  It also made for some ideal lighting conditions for fine art and nature style photography.  I couldn't have asked for a better day to visit the zoo.

We wandered around the exhibits checking out the animals.  We were serenaded by the dulcet tones of the peacocks letting us know of their presence through out our visit.

When we arrived, most of the animals were taking an afternoon nap.  It seemed that it was that time or that the zookeepers had just fed them.  Either way, many of the animals were not all that interesting and some weren't even visible.  That didn't deter us from our photography work though.

I walked around and looked for all the openings I could to get photos of the animals.  Some were even willing to pose for me.  Most didn't even notice my presence or, if they did, they didn't care about me being there.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a grizzly bear leaning on a tree stump in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
The grizzly bear was particularly kind when it came to posing.  It was draped over the log until I pulled out my camera.  Then it lifted up and started posing for me.  I took several shots since I didn't know which would work out and which wouldn't.  I was delighted that the glass from the display didn't cast any reflections on the photo which would have ruined it.  A polarizing filter can only do so much.

Some of the last animals we checked out were the raptor birds.  For some reason, we didn't see them before.  They were all out and nicely visible.  Two of them were comfortably sitting on their perches and posing for the camera.  They did move their heads from time to time but there was little movement.  It was perfect for taking photos if only I could zoom in the focus enough to remove the tightly set bars from view.

Once I was done with the final animal exhibits, we headed out.  It was a good thing we did right then too.  It started raining shortly after we pulled out of the parking lot.  We made it out just in time.