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Monday, 23 May 2016

An afternoon at the Vogelpark


We spent the afternoon at the Vogelpark (bird park), which contains birds and other animals from many parts of the world.  
Both Christine and Ernst happily held some of the feathery exhibits.  An attendant watches on.
Christine, Ernst, Jean and I followed the track all the way around the Vogelpark, inspecting the various wildlife  - birds, monkeys, rabbits, meerkats, and other creatures.  There were even emus, kangaroos and wallabies in one section that appeared to be dedicated solely to Australian animals.  Another area, which visitors can walk through, contained many Australian birds which flew rapidly past our faces from one branch to another or from bush to bush. The Vogelpark's wildlife comes in many colours and so does its plants.
This was the whitest emu I'd ever seen.  It was not the only creature to have visual appeal.  Some creatures looked like toucans with large, protruding beaks.  In one enclosure, Ernst discovered the Lisztaffe, a small monkey named after the composer Franz Liszt, a distant relative of ours by marriage.  The Lisztaffe is so named because its crazy white hairdo resembles that of the 19th century composer.
Some creatures just don't want to miss an opportunity to be included in photos.

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