Archive | January 2013

Playful seals and penguins at the Melbourne Zoo

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I’m not sure if the seal pool has moved or I’d lost my bearings but it felt like it was in a different place than the last time I went to the zoo. They have built or upgraded the pool but I was disappointed. There is a much bigger underground viewing area where you can watch the acrobatic feats of the seals but up at ground level there’s not much to see. There were three seals. One of them was showing off on the rocks. I would have said he was sunbaking if he was in the sun. They are still very cute to watch though.

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Just around the corner were the penguins. For some strange reason they were all huddled behind a bush. They looked so funny. I wondered who or what they were hiding from. It wasn’t cold so I couldn’t see why else they were huddled together. They didn’t move a muscle while we were watching them.

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Giraffes

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When we walked up to the giraffe exhibit we could only see the baby eating close by. He/she looked quite big and had to eat from the lower basket on the tree. We realised that there was an adult giraffe on the other side of the exhibit but he/she didn’t look that big. That was until he/she started walking toward us. Suddenly the adult loomed large and was walking straight towards us, almost as if he/she was saying “what are you looking at?”. When the adult reached the baby we realised how small the baby actually was.

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Gorillas at the Melbourne Zoo

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One of the funniest moments we had at the zoo was of the gorillas in the following two photos. The younger one was sitting in the shade of a cave. When he saw the older gorilla moving towards the cave, he quickly got out of there. He knew his place! A few minutes later another gorilla tried to move in there and the older one chased him away. When he caught him he gave him a quick clip across the ear. The younger one just sat and sulked. It was so funny and so human.

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Australia Day fireworks

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I just happened to be in the city at 9.30pm on Australia Day. We wanted to go up to the observation deck in Eureka Tower – 88 storeys aboveground. We didn’t know what time the fireworks were due to start and we didn’t want to wait so we went back down to the ground. We walked along the riverfront and that’s when we heard loud explosions. It was the first time I’d been in the city for fireworks. Some of them were let off from the top of the Eureka Tower where we had just been. Then suddenly more started going off near the Alexandra Gardens so I ran up the stairs to St Kilda Rd and got some great photos.

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Meercats at Melbourne Zoo

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Meercats are my favourite animal at the zoo. I would really love to hold one but I suspect that would be difficult as they are feisty little creatures. They are just so cute!

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There are three different displays of Meercats at the zoo. One has young ones and they just seemed to lie around. Another exhibit had some very feisty ones. There were five young ones. One stood on top of the rocks ignoring what was going on. The other four were play-fighting. It was so funny to watch. They pulled off some great wrestling moves worthy of a spot in WWE.

Polly Woodside

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The Polly Woodside is a piece of Melbourne’s maritime history. I first saw it when I was at Primary School. It seemed that every kid went there for a school excursion. It’s always held a soft spot for me.

It was built in Belfast, Ireland in 1885, named after the original owner’s wife and used for many sailing routes before coming to Melbourne to be used as a coal lighter. It was also used in World War 2 in New Guinea waters for use as a refueling barge for naval ships.

These days the area where it is docked is now part of South Wharf, an area that was in the disused western end of Melbourne. It sits outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre so is seen by nearly everyone that goes there so it has become a very popular attraction.

Facades of Fitzroy

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While I was walking around Fitzroy looking for street art I noticed that a lot of the facades of the buildings were peeling and in disrepair. However it gives the area a charm rather than detracting from the feel. Fitzroy is more of a bohemian area so the buildings wouldn’t look good all nice and newly painted.

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