I visited the Melbourne Zoo earlier in the year and got a number of photos including of some of the Reptiles.I am not a fan of the reptiles, I know people have pet snakes and Lizards and so on but being honest, that is just not for me. That said they are impressive creatures nonetheless and I did love the eye of the Lizard, the snake just plain freaked me out.The darkness made it difficult to get the photo, as I was shooting without the flash or tripod (but with a Nikon D5300, and Sigma 150mm Macro). If I took these photos again it would

The snow leopard at the Melbourne Zoo was not at all interested in us during our visit. It did make me chuckle as I swear I have seen my cats make exactly the same face!Story may have been different if I was on the inside of the pen however!Image taken with a Nikon D5300 and Tamron 150-600mm Macro.

The king of the jungle put on a great show at the Melbourne Zoo, The Lion. It commands respect, and I was far happier being on my side of the protective glass than on the 'your my dinner' side of the glass. I remember standing there impressed with this creature, the fear that they strike into others is evident in a heartbeat.This one looked happy watching it's land and keeping an eye out for intruders. Image taken with a Nikon D5300 and Tamron 150-600mm.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the Meerkats are a personal favorite of mine. There is something about them if it is the teamwork, the socialisation, the roles each take that is fairly impressive, and I was disappointed leaving the Zoo without a pack of Meerkats on me.Images taken with a Nikon D5300 and Tamron 150-600mm.

The penguin's (Spheniscidae or the Little Penguins) have the whole cuteness thing down pat, and are a regular staple be it at Phillip Island or the Melbourne Zoo. Huddled in a group they seemed hesitant to enter the water at the start, perhaps because of the people around watching but as soon as they jumped in they started swimming like crazy.They were a huge hit with those that were watching, including my daughter. Image taken with a Nikon D5300 and Tamron 150-600mm.

I visited Cardinia Reservoir Park on the way home from work to try and get some landscape shots and actually came across the Eastern Grey Kangaroo or Macropus giganteus, often at dusk the park is full of Kangaroo's and this trip was no exception however I was not expecting the little Joey in the Kangaroo's pouch. I was using a Nikon D5300 digital camera and a Tamron 150-600mm lens and because it was getting dark I decided to use Aperture priority with Auto-ISO which increases the sensitivity of the camera allowing a faster shutter speed.The little joey was bouncing around like crazy so I tried to