When the theme of BIRDS was announced for this week's photo challenge, my first thought was, "What a great excuse to go to the zoo!" But since the weather here has been so hot lately, I wasn't sure I could stay out in the sunshine for very long. Finally, on Friday (8/14), we woke up to a cloudy day. When I left work, around noon, it was still cool and pleasant, so I headed over to the zoo.
However, I hadn't been there long before those clouds let loose with one shower after another. I didn't mind getting wet (after all, I'm from Juneau), but keeping my camera dry was a big concern. At one point I sat under a little shelter by the duck pond. The ducks didn't seem to mind the rain at all.
Even though this isn't a bird picture, I had to include it. This orangutan seems to have been smarter than I was. At least he was much more prepared for the weather, with his bright red rain poncho. Quite stylish, for an orang', don't you think?
There were times when the rain stopped, and the sun even peeked out now and then. I had hoped to go to the lorikeet feeding and get some spectacular pictures, but when I got to their area it was pouring down rain again, and feeding time was still almost an hour away. I looked for some nearby shelter, but didn't find any, so ended up abandoning that idea and scurrying off to a dryer place.
Here are a few more bird pictures I took between showers.