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Home / 2010's / 20160418 Jersey 31
This was a long weekend in Jersey, mainly to go to the Durrell Wildlife Park, as my birthday present. Gerald Durrell has been a hero of mine since I was a child - sadly, I never got to meet him but I always promised myself I would come here, to his legacy. It took Jan to make it happen... I had a great time here and it really did feel like a bit of a pilgrimage.
- Liberty Square
The sculpture in Liberty Square
- Peacock Pheasant
Very pretty. I expect he would taste as good as our own common or garden pheasants. Now, where are the brandy-soaked raisins? :-)
- Blue bird
To my shame, I have forgotten what this is. Very pretty, whatever it is.
- Howler Monkey
One thing I have noticed in this visit to the zoo is how a lot of the animals don't like being looked at. At best, they avoid eye contact, many will actually turn their backs on you - "if I can't see you, I don't have to get stressed out by you"
- Two Minkys
Within bounds of safety for both visitors and the animals, they have a lot of room to move around.
European adder, fast asleep in the sun. Don't touch!
- Jersey Zoo - at last!
I've waited a long, long time to come here.
Sumatran male. Plenty big enough to have a good understanding of L-space.
Lovely yet ungainly on the ground, I would have loved to have seen this one in the trees. Still, to a veggie, those greens must look delicious...
- Golden Lion Tamarin
More or less running free in the zoo grounds. Magnificent!
Busy minding it's own business instead of posing for me. Damn' animals don't know their place, obviously.
- Young Female Gorilla
Enjoying the early Spring sun.
- Male Gorilla
We thought he was asleep. Until we took a closer look at this photo and clearly, he wasn't.
- Jan with Jambo
- Emperor Tamarin
Again, running free, but less keen on getting close enough for a close-up. A special sighting nevertheless.
- Me and my mate
A requirement of any visitor to Durrell's zoo is to be photographed here. I am the one on the right.
- Sulawesi Crested Macaques
I had no idea these are rare - especially after the recent copyright furore over the Minky selfie photo.
- Fruit Bats
Big, bigger than you'd believe, fruit bats. Unfortunately, these ones are as rare as hen's teeth :-(
- Jan with Gerry
One of my regrets is never meeting Gerald Durrell. Visiting his zoo is the best I could manage - thanks Jan, a great birthday present.
- Elizabeth Castle from the Causeway
Walking to the castle at low tide was a treat. The amphibian would have to bring us back, however.
- Castle Arch
Love the pepper pot sentry pst. An attempt at an arty framing.
- Elizabeth Castle
The flag of Jersey proudly flying over the castle.
- Flag of 1781
Elizabeth Castle was hugely modified by the Germans during WW2. Dunno why they bothered, we de-militarised at the start of the war and made it clear we wouldn't risk harm to the civilian population by attacking the place.
- St. Helier's Hermitage
St. Helier was a real person. This is his hermitage.
- Castle Detail
Queen Elizabeth Gate, I believe. Very old, whatever it is called.
- Castle View of St. Helier
A view of St. Helier from the castle, showing the reclaimed land in particular. The most disappointing part of the weekend was the shock of how unpretty St. Helier is.
- Regent Fort
What a glorious vista. Not. I expected St. Helier to be pretty, but it really isn't, not by a long chalk.
- Bowling Green
The castle even had a bowling green. No petanque here, no matter how close we are t France, this is the United Kingdom.
- 12lb Cannon
Or possibly 24lb. I don't really know. - it did make a satisfyingly loud bang when fired, however!
- Health & Safety Act of 1781
A very talk whilst at the same time explaining some history. This old soldier had a very good line of patter. Very entertaining.
We walked to the Castle, but we used this to get back.