CAIRNS BIRDWING BUTTERFLY (Ornithoptera euphorion)

Now I’m into reviewing 2012 (and have given the rest of 2011 a miss) in my archives, there is a bit more variety in photography subjects.

I’d gone to Melbourne Zoo on 21 February 2012 (having already to take out a membership on an earlier visit).  Entry for a pensioner as I was, meant paying the concession rate of about $19(?) a visit back in those days.   Membership per annum was about $70+ for all 3 of Melbourne’s zoos, so it would only take 3-4 visits a year to make membership worth the money.   If you’re a tourist visiting Melbourne and planning on seeing all 3 zoos (which includes Healesville Sanctuary in the country and Werribee Park Open Range Zoo in the western suburbs) and have children, defintely take out a year’s membership.  It’s much cheaper than visiting all 3 zoos on a day pass.

As it turned out, I had so much fun photographing the animals, birds, insects and reptiles, I ended up visiting over 100 times over 3 years – (I counted the dates of each photo folder to work that total out).

Furthermore, the beautiful Temperate Rainforest landscaping was so cool and refreshing, I would often go 3 times in the one week mid-Summer.   I guess the enormous Great Aviary really confirmed my newly found love of Bird Photography also.

This main zoo in North Melbourne is small enough to cover in one day, but large enough to make all the newer enclosures, including the walk through ones, interesting.

The Butterfly House with its humid artificially controlled atmosphere became the first port of call when I entered via the large entrance on the main road.  The back entrance/exit was used from then on as it had a tram stop (& train stop) close to the gate.

CAIRNS BIRDWING (Ornithoptera euphorion)
MAINTENANCE DAY THIS DAY WHEN ALL THE BUTTERFLIES WERE ABSENT THAT I COULD SEE. HOW DID THEY REMOVE THEM ALL IS THE BIG QUESTION.
THIS DAY MIGHT HAVE BEEN DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AS IT WAS QUITE CROWDED AND HARDER TO PHOTOGRAPH THE DIFFERENT SPECIES.