I spent a glorious afternoon at the Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, Mew Mexico.  My mission was to test the 70-300 mm Nikkor lens on my D200 and I was sure to find willing subjects there.  It’s a charming little zoo with kind and friendly personnel.  Many of the animals are there because they would not survive in the wild.  The golden eagle is an example.  His wing is damaged so he can’t fly and he has no right eye.  But this does not stop him from being  on the alert.  As you can see in the photos,  he has turned his head so he could see me (with my giant lens!).   And he was definitely watching.  When I zoomed in on the second photo, I could see my reflection in his eye!  How cool is that?

Goliath, the swan, seemed to know he was being photographed and put on quite a show.  What a delightful water park for all the ducks and geese that live there.

This is the oldest zoo in the state of New Mexico, and if you have a chance, take the time to visit.  You will be warmly welcomed and won’t be disappointed in what you find there.

As for the lens . . . well, it’s a Nikkor and the pictures speak for themselves.  Did not help with my “lens lust” . . . sigh

Thank you, Alameda Park Zoo, for the fun time!