Tautphaus Park Zoo

August 3, 2018

I just needed a time out so I took the afternoon off and went to the Tautphaus park Zoo (https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/1230/Zoo) in Idaho Falls. There was a LOT of smoke in the air from the wildfires so I was unable to stay long. AND I found this pond of wild waterfowl with the cutest male ruddy duck. I think I shall name him Marley. Every time I left the pond I would find myself wandering back to it. I didn’t see many wild animals or much of the zoo at all. But I sure got to study the Marley the Ruddy duck.

Sleeping Ruddy duck
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American white pelicans _JLS5147

Marley still asleep
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Turtle _JLS5156

Alert Marley
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Female Ruddy duck _JLS5173

Female Ruddy duck preening
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Female Ruddy duck posing _JLS5179

Marley the Ruddy duck with his leg tucked up but not under his wing
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Female red breasted merganser _JLS5185

Hello there
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Resting American white pelican _JLS5226

And back to the perky Ruddy
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African penguin _JLS5262

Marley the male Ruddy duck with all kinds of female & juvenile ducks
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Peacock _JLS5273

Reflective Ruddy
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Red breasted nuthatch _JLS5337

Marley with ripples
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Marley with an itch _JLS5357

Sleeping tiger
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Marley looking at his reflection _JLS5378

Ruddy drinking
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House sparrow _JLS5353

Flexible ruddy
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Black capped chickadee _JLS5420

Bye bye Marley
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It took me a long time to go through the photos from this day.  I’m sure you know why.

— Jenny


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