We had invited Jo & family who are back from their Europe cruise, but Jo said they didn't have the money. We also invited Mum and Dad who came along.
It was a fabulous opportunity to take a lot of photos, as I'm continuing to enjoy photographing "wildlife".
^Classic shot of Asian Short-clawed Otter.
^A couple of times a day all the otters are fed, and it's a great time to take plenty of photos as they get close to the keepers. This one has a chunk of trout.
^"Is there something in my teeth?" Eurasian otter slurps down a trout's tail fin...
^... and then has a good lick of his chops. Not the best photo technically, but I loved how the only thing in focus, more or less, was the tongue.
^And what do otters do after they eat? Juggle of course! Stones, twigs, and anything to hand. They're a joy to watch while they juggle.
^A Eurasian otter has a good yawn after his lunch.
^And the Asian Short-clawed continues to juggle.
^Along with lots of otters and owls, the park has several types of deer. Here a Fallow Deer stag, who is losing the "velvet" from his antlers. Plenty of crows were gathering to eat it. Yuck!
^Classic wallaby shot.
^And another animal in the park, a 19 year old Lynx. Along with chicks and quails, his favourite food apparently is rabbit.
^Lynx again, a gorgeous animal.
^Wild boar, one of which had a litter of babies last Monday.
^Feeding time for a Fallow and Sika deer.
^Fallow deer having some salad.
^A tiny almost-rabbit-sized Muntjac deer.
^Wallabies, with three eating in the background.
^A butterfly that landed on Mum's shoulder.
^Again, technically not a great shot, but I was trying to get in as close as possible, like the detail, and like how the out-of-focus gradient fill came from nowhere.
^Butterfly, with gorgeous wing detail...
^Butterfly, with different wing detail...
^A recently emerged butterfly, waiting for his wings to dry.
^Another butterfly that had just emerged from it's pupa.
^Sneaky photo taken of Lu, while she concentrates on taking a photo!
^This poor spider caught a butterfly, which Dad set free.
^Butterfly feeding on a piece of apple, along with hundreds of fruit flies.
^A just-about-visible Red fox sleeps in some hay.
^The best of a bad bunch of a photos of Scottish Wildcat. Photos of a lot of animals and owls were near impossible to take either due to lack of light, or wire fencing.
^Leaving the park we went to Nan's retirement home... Dad forgot what this was, so for the moment it's a Bush Cricket that was hiding in Nan's room.
^And my 97-year old Nan, who I almost caught smiling.
^And finally a photo of Dad, with a mad-professor-like air about him!