Zoo Plzen

Zoo Plzen is the second oldest zoo in the Czech Republic but this day this zoo is very modern, with almost no animals in cages. Most of the species have as big as possible exhibits, which look very natural. This zoo is also the biggest one in the Czech Republic as it is combined with botanical garden.

Here are some photos that I took in Zoo Plzen:

North Chinese leopard (Panthera pardus japonica) was lying under trees in shade so there wasn’t much light to get at least good photo.
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The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas). My the most favourite photo that I took that day.
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The pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis).
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The Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) also known as the Spotted Dikkop or Cape Thick-knee
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The Northern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus)
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Angry Bird… eh… sorry… buzzard. The Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).
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The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), also called the Sea Eagle and White-tailed Sea-eagle.
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The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
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Penguins in queue for lunch. The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti).
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5 Black and White Photos

I love colours in photography, I really do. But sometimes the missing colours allowes the viewer to focus on other aspects of the photo like symetry or repeating patterns or the texture of the subject. And exactly about that is my today post.

The first two photos were taken at castle Bečov and castle Loket.
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These photos were taken in the area of Kladske Mire. One of the lakes in this area is surrounded by wooden footbridge.
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One of the lakes in this area is surrounded by wooden footbridge and some of the planks are decorated with shapes of footprints of local animals or with leaves of trees specific to this area.
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Tree stump with interesting texture.
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