Hannah Fischer enjoys wildlife photography, hanging out at zoos, and imagining her next safari. You can find more of her pictures in her posts as hannahcat on SafariTalk, and you can find out more about her at AboutHannahFischer.
A mottled brown bird with stunning orange eyes and a wingspan the size of a sixth-grader landed with a thud against the arm of Rodney Stotts. The bird -- a Eurasian eagle owl named Mr. Hoots -- and Stotts have had a long partnership, and Stotts greeted the impact of his arrival with warmth.
A visit to the National Zoo became a comedy of errors recently, when I arrived to take pictures of the animals but discovered that it was “Boo at the Zoo” night, which requires tickets. I have a new camera (a Nikon 7200), and was all primed to test it out, so just as I was being shoo-ed away by security, I had a burst of inspiration: I asked if I could go around to the front of the zoo and take pictures of the incoming visitors in their costumes. The cop thought about it for a minute. “I don’t see why not. And if it’s not allowed, they’ll tell you when you get up there.”