Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The White Rhinoceros

We were about half way through our tour of the zoo when we saw these small school children with their teacher having their photos taken with the Rhino. It was a good time to stop, have a drink, and take in the view.



 


 

The River Douro.
 

One of the gates we saw on our walk.
 

A Peahen and her young, were walking along the paths and in the gardens.
 

The real McCoy....
 


The White Rhinoceros. Their name means (Nose horn) 

The White Rhinoceros have two horns, the foremost being more prominente than the other.
 


The Muscovy Duck seen in the zoo pond.
 

We have always had Muscovy ducks on the farm,...
 

The male hisses at intruders, but wag it's tails when spoken to!!:)
 
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
GOOD FENCES
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
I'D-RATHER-B-BIRDIN

35 comments:

Sandra said...

our neighborhood is full of Muscovy's. they just walk out across the streets and MOST of us sit and wait. the real deal here is awesome, and at first photo I thought how are they petting a Rhino? then I realized it was a statue.

Phil Slade said...

Ha ha Sonjia. That rhino almost had me fooled until I saw how close the kids were. You are having some lovely sunny days, despite them being short. Here it's 8 until 4 now and our Menorca trip for 1st May seems s long way off. I could really use some of your sun. I'm looking forward to 1st Jan too, about when the days begin to appear noticeably longer.

John Simlett said...

It's nice to see the children enjoying the zoo, and the weather.

Despite having been to most countries in the world (I spent 25 years in aviation, on long range jet aircraft), I have never been to Portugal. It looks lovely with glorious weather.

Love the photographs, as usual

Linda said...

Gorgeous animals and birds!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I really appreciate it!

Missy George said...

That statue made me think twice..very tame I'd say..lovely pictures..I love zoos.

Gosia k said...

My favourite are ducks

Sami Niilola said...

Really awesome photos. Peacocks are really magnificent birds. Rhinos awesome.

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Rhinos are truly amazing animals. Greetings.

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing more highlights of your time at the zoo! I loved the view over the river and the peahen, especially!
Best wishes!

Cloudia said...

What a lovely afternoon

Gail said...

Fantastic pictures.

I love the Rhino...I hope they survive us.

Thanks for visiting.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely selection of photo's.
Loved the Peahen and her young, and the real rhino ... what amazing large creatures.

All the best Jan

Jenn Jilks said...

They are beautiful! It's so sad they have to be in zoos...
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

susan said...

great shots and the river Douro looks so blue.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful White Rhinoceros. They are big animals! I think the Peahen and duck are beautiful too. Thank you for the fun tour of the zoo.

Teresa said...

Muy lindas fotografías. Besos.

hmuxo said...

Amazing photography once again!!!! The Rhinos are beautiful!!!!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Que sitio tan bonito para un Zoo.. El Duero.. :-)) Recuerdos desde Madrid..

Russell Jenkins said...

Lovely pictures of wonderful animals. The statue is quite beautiful too in a fantastic setting.

Devilish Angel said...

cool shots...

Helma said...

Beautiful pictures and great to see these beautiful white rhinos. Fortunately, these rhinos have their 'horn' yet.
A big hug

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the Rhinos are awesome animals. I love the peacocks and the ducks. Looks like the statue is loved by the children, I like it too. Gorgeous view and wonderful photos.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your week ahead!

Debbie said...

i am quite gullible as i thought the first rhino was real!! hehehehe, don't tell anyone!!

great snaps, i enjoy seeing the zoo animals, they seem happy and well cared for!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Fun place and wonderful photos ~ thanks,

Wishing you a delightful week ~ ^_^

Mike Attwood said...

Looks as though you had a good day Sonjia, Take care Mike

Stewart M said...

I used to fish on a lake with that type of duck - they were very good at stealing your bait when you were distracted!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Minoru Saito said...

Wow! There are many interesting photos. I enjoyed them very much.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of the zoo, I do love the Rhino, fantastic.

Anni said...

You've certainly dazzled us all with such wonderful images...from the four-legged to the beautiful peafowl!!

Thanks so much for adding you link to the linking tool this week, at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

jeannettestgermain said...

Beautiful post with the Rhinos, but even more with the peacocks - so elegant and beautiful! From your story in the side bar, I remember now I've been at your blog before. Do you know, I can't sit too long either, but I do my artwork (almost all) standing at an easel. It always pains me when artist can't do their art anymore, so I hope this would be a solution for you!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Sonija; Oh, it sure is LOVELY to see school children with their teacher; you kindly commented on my post which I saw little kids in the park♡♡♡
I've never seen all the critters you introduced here p;)
Wish to see Peahen opened its wing someday. Oh, interesting to know Rhinocero means Nose Horn, thanks for the information♪ The Muscovy Duck's color contrast of red face with black and white body is amazing.

ps; The other day, I taught my first grade of Junior high school students about how we became to call England "igirisu,イギリス". When your people came to our country in Edo period, the way they pronounced the country sounded like that. I am happy we have old relationship with your country like we talked before (♡^.^♡)


Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Portugal, xoxo Miyako*

NatureFootstep said...

first rhino , so heavy it can´t walk :)
they seem to be well kept :)

Mary Cromer said...

What a wonderful place to visit and I know the children were particularly excited to go there. The Rhinos are such magnificent creatures.
Thank you for stopping by:
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jeannettestgermain said...

Oh, am glad you do at least some art! Do you have one of your latest paintings posted somewhere?
Came back to give you my present url (that was my "old" blog where you were on:) Have a great rest of the week!
https://artworksfromjeshstg.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/rainy-season-in-beijing/

David Gascoigne said...

I remember reading a story a few years ago about a farmer who had tried all kinds of chemical remedies to get rid of flies in his cow stalls, with indifferent success. Then he introduced a couple of Muscovy Ducks, free to roam among the cattle, and the problem was solved - biologically and beneficial to humans, cattle and birds alike.

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