A Meerkat portrait taken at Tropical World, Canal Gardens, Roundhay, Leeds, W Yorkshire, England, UK with fellow Bubbler JacquiK recently.

Open all year round excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day, Tropical World at Roundhay park, Leeds is one of the UK’s most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. Each year over 1,000,000 visitors discover exciting new worlds, alien landscapes and exotic plant life – all in the heart of Leeds.

Plant, animal and bird specimens from the arid areas of the Americas and South Africa are to be seen in the Desert House including breeding pairs of Meerkats which one pair have produced a litter of three babies recently……

“The Beauty of Nature” Group, 27th Aug 2010.
“Live, Love & Dream” Group, 27th Aug 2010.
“Students & Beginners” Group, 27th Aug 2010

Sony A200,
Tamron 80-300mm macro lens @ 300mm.
Edited using Gimp 2.6 free download.


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for your welcome Ray, and a big thank you for the fave – that’s greatly appreciated! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenalmost 4 years ago

  • WOW!!!!! Thank you so so much for the feature Kylie! What a lovely surprise and a great way to start my day!! Cheers for that! I feel really honoured that it has been chosen by you hardworking hosts! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • patjila
    patjilaalmost 4 years ago

    Ohhh lovely Sandra Tropical world is! This capture of a meerkat is awsome cute!He takes his duty seriously beaut beaut! xx btw congrats on being featured! it was a matter of time for sure :)

  • WOW! Thank you so much Patjila for your super compliments and especially for the fave my friend! We had a great time at Tropical World, but it was so so bloody hot and humid! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Sandi. xx

  • Thank you Nick, glad you like it. I like this one cos I like doing portraits and this one I’m very happy with……How are you today? Hope you’re feeling a lot better…. I went out shooting yesterday, and suffering the consequences today. In so much pain you wouldn’t believe!! So glad I’m flying though, makes life more bearable!! lol x x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 4 years ago

    I am fine thank you sweetheart. Hope you feel better soon. xxx

  • That’s good hun… and thank you my little ray of Sunshine!….S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • David  Parkin
    David Parkinalmost 4 years ago

    This is great, I love these little funny guys . . . . saying that though, I can’t stand those adverts on TV for compare the market . com LOL

    I dunno if you know this or not but I’m David Parkin, we recently became friends on Facebook.

    Bye bye :-)

  • Thank you David for your great comments, I can’t believe the response I’m getting with this one!! And yes, I realized only just recently that it was you from facebook! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 4 years ago

  • Oh My Gosh! VERY many thanks for choosing this for your feature in your great group. I feel really honoured that you hardworking hosts have chosen it. WOOP WOOP! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning Sandra just stunning.

  • Wow! Thank you Colin for your great compliments! I can’t believe how much response I’m getting with this image – pls have another look! I honestly can’t believe it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Vikki Shedden Photography
    Vikki Shedden ...almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your 27th August 2010 feature from your hosts at Students and Beginners

    Keep the great work coming!

  • Wow! Thank you so much for the feature! I’m truly honoured that it has been chosen by you hardworking hosts! Once again, many thanks! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

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    ginabgood1almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Gina for your great banner! Glad you like it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Oops! Nearly missed it there! Thank you for the fave too – greatly appreciated! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

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