Melbourne Zoo on New Year’s Eve

Christmas Day at Melbourne Zoo was really pleasant, with temperatures in the high 20s (Celsius). New Year’s Eve, not so much. It was a bit humid, and the temperature spiked over 38 degrees (that’s over 100 in Fahrenheit). There were no clouds this day, but a lot of the enclosures are planted with trees, or heavily shaded by trees. I arrived early, but the temperature was already high, and many of the animals were quiet. I didn’t stay too long.

This image, of an Asian Small-clawed Otter, was shot in shade at ISO 5000, f/2.8, 1/2000, using the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II at 200mm and the Sony A1. It was heavily cropped, to about one quarter of the original frame.