What a great day for photography at the Seoul Zoo, in Seoul, Korea! It started out as a wonderfully rainy, overcast morning. I had a full bag of gear, but all I really needed was my Sigma 120-400mm telephoto zoom lens, and my Canon 60D camera body. I could’ve even left my trusty tripod at home, but, as usual, I came over-prepared. I wasn’t even planning on actually going into the zoo this morning; I was planning on staying out by the lake to shoot the Grey Heron, Great White Egrets, and various other birds. Usually these birds are quite active, but I guess they didn’t feel like going out in the rain. It allowed me a chance to prepare my lens and camera, by slipping on the rain sleeve, and slipping the rain cover over my backpack to keep everything nice and dry.
I didn’t even make it inside the zoo’s gates when I came upon these Japanese Monkeys playing in the rain. I tried to find a descent spot under some trees, but that wasn’t going to do if I wanted to capture candid moments like the one pictured above. Balancing-cradling a small umbrella in my left shoulder for at least some protection from the downpour, my morning photography adventure was taking off.
Another good thing about the rain, is that it kept at bay what is usually a fairly busy zoo, especially on a summer Sunday. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t last as long as I would’ve liked it to.
I‘m not a specialist when it comes to zoos, but I do really like the Seoul Zoo. For one, there are many animals that are in open confinements, with no fencing, bars, or windows to inhibit viewing, allowing for an aspiring photographer like myself to have at it with the greatest of ease. I also feel that these open confinements are better for the animals, at least as far as being confined goes.
What’s great about my visits to this zoo, is that each time I discover areas of the zoo I didn’t know were there, like the crocodile display…
…or this Komodo Dragon!
My favorite is the big cats!
The lions are awesome to photograph…, and if I didn’t know better, I’d swear they were very aware of my camera, and even hamming-it-up for me!
Unfortunately, the rest of the big cats are having their dens’ remodeled, so those exhibits were closed for the rest of the year. At least the bears were open…, even if a few looked like they partied a little too hard the night before!
Like the rain, I didn’t last either. Shortly into the afternoon, I was done and heading home. I have more photos to process, but I wanted to attach my favorite ones first!
On my out of the zoo, I was able to grab a few shots of Grey Herons, though they just weren’t being as active as I would’ve liked them to be. I particularly like these two shots because of the Herons’ positions in the trees; I hope you can see why.
Thank you for stopping by, I’ll try to keep the photos coming.