A Photo-walk at Alipore zoo, Calcutta

The excitement was written all over me, guess why? I was meeting a long lost friend from my college days. Thanks to social networking and its maze of connections, we were meeting after years. We always shared a few common interests and one of them was viewing the world around us through a lens.  My love for the camera came much later than his and nowadays whenever I get, a couple of hours of a break on the weekends, I head out to the city to capture moments.This time I walked with my friend to take a quick look at the Calcutta zoo situated at Alipore.

The zoo is very old and it did an exemplary job of meeting the animal and bird lovers’ appetite since 1875. The zoo is particularly a popular destination for all ages in the winter. The coolness of the weather makes it very easy for everyone to walk acres of land, cross bridges to enjoy the birds and animals for hours together.As we panned across the zoo landscape, we tried catching the animals and birds busy in their own world.

Shall we take a quick visual journey of the morning? Here they come …

Wings outstretched, a painted stork takes off from the lake over the island in search of food, and so do we as the inviting aroma of a nearby kebab corner beckons us  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Wings outstretched, a painted stork takes off from the lake over the island in search of food, and so do we as the inviting aroma of a nearby kebab corner beckons us
With immaculate precision, the painted stork levels herself for a smooth landing on the edge of the island  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
With immaculate precision, the painted stork levels herself for a smooth landing on the edge of the island 
I was just enough lucky to catch this marmoset monkey perched on the iron beams in the cage for fleeting seconds before it disappeared into surrounding darkness  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
I was just enough lucky to catch this marmoset monkey perched on the iron beams in the cage for fleeting seconds before it disappeared into surrounding darkness
A barking deer cozily sits below the trees as the shadow accentuates its short horns  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A barking deer cozily sits below the trees as the shadow accentuates its short horns
A Nilgai or Blue bull checks the enclosure as an egret comes to land to pick bugs off its back  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Nilgai or Blue bull checks the enclosure as an egret comes to land to pick bugs off its back
A Sambar resting in the shadows after a good meal  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Sambar resting in the shadows after a good meal
A Saras Crane scours the undergrowth for few morsels of food   at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Saras Crane scours the undergrowth for few morsels of food
Tiptoeing on the grass with utmost care, a Saras Crane balances its wings seconds before it swoops on the food  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Tiptoeing on the grass with utmost care, a Saras Crane balances its wings seconds before it swoops on the food
A Gharial crocodile mainly eats fishes enjoys the afternoon winter sun  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Gharial crocodile mainly eats fishes enjoys the afternoon winter sun
About to leap into the water, a lone Gharial zeros on a catch  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
About to leap into the water, a lone Gharial zeros on a catch
A marsh crocodile basks under a tree to surprise an unsuspecting victim  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A marsh crocodile basks under a tree to surprise an unsuspecting victim
A one-horned rhino tilts on its right as it gorges the grassy ground below  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A one-horned rhino tilts on its right as it gorges the grassy ground below
A Macaw holds a morsel of food as it prepares for its breakfast  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Macaw holds a morsel of food as it prepares for its breakfast
Macaw with a mouth full of nut  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Macaw with a mouth full of nut
A White Tiger stretches to catch the afternoon sun  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A White Tiger stretches to catch the afternoon sun
A Royal Bengal Tiger relentlessly moves in its cage as visitors stare at the mighty cat  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Royal Bengal Tiger relentlessly moves in its cage as visitors stare at the mighty cat
A bird skims over the lake to align with the branches above  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A bird skims over the lake to align with the branches above
Cormorant lands on the lake surface as it prepares for a dive  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Cormorant lands on the lake surface as it prepares for a dive
A Black Swan grooms herself and flutters away the lake water  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Black Swan grooms herself and flutters away the lake water
A water mist bursts as a Black Swan shakes its neck  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A water mist bursts as a Black Swan shakes its neck
With speed and grace, the Black Swan lunges forward  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
With speed and grace, the Black Swan lunges forward
This naughty baby elephant calf hurled a trunk full of dust and came straight to the lake edge to greet the crowd  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
This naughty baby elephant calf hurled a trunk full of dust and came straight to the lake edge to greet the crowd
Another elephant calf investigates the ground for some munchies  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Another elephant calf investigates the ground for some munchies
The naughty elephant calf whips up dust on to its body to ward off flies  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
The naughty elephant calf whips up dust on to its body to ward off flies
A White Ibis explores the green lake for snails and frogs  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A White Ibis explores the green lake for snails and frogs
Couple of Open Billed Storks continuously scanned the water surface for small fishes atop the branches  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
Couple of Open Billed Storks continuously scanned the water surface for small fishes atop the branches
A Rosy Pelican jumps in to catch the fish that dared to reach the water surface  at Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Gautam Lahiri
A Rosy Pelican jumps in to catch the fish that dared to reach the water surface

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