Melbourne Zoo

A hairy, toothy, flippery day out

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The last Friday of the holidays was Zoo Day. Arty, Hugo, Harry and I went to Melbourne Zoo, taking trains there, and tram and trains back.

We started off enthusiastically drawing nearly every animal.

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Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat (who walked off before Arty could finish her)

Zoo 3 sml eclectus parrot and pink cockatoo

Eclectus Parrot and Pink Cockatoo – who were preening themselves just above the boardwalk in the Great Flight Aviary

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A selection of other birds from the Great Flight Aviary (these might look good with the indian ink treatment!)

But we soon realised that there was a long Animal Agenda (democratically decided by the boys) and we’d never get through it if we drew everything.

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On the map, we circled the MUST SEEs, and dot circled the MAYBE MUST SEEs.

Luckily Arty had his old hand-me-down digital camera which was quicker to use than a sketchpad.

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The sociable Pygmy Hippo put on an excellent show of making underwater faces through the glass at everyone.

Unfortunately, we weren’t quick enough to get to the reptile house and platypus house before they closed. But we made it out the gates before we were locked in for the night.

So most of the drawing was done on the train on the way home. And why not?

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A relative of the pygmy hippo, I think

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A relative of somebody on the train?

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Didn’t see this guy on the train, thankfully

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My favourite! WEIRD who is so special that he deserves his own stage to stand on.


The Dogs of Digby

I have decided that I’d rather do a book about dogs than The Secret of Magpie Mountain. I think that it is going to be a very good book.

Here are some of the characters.


Harry is the main character of my new book. He is a greyhound.


Zeke is a whippet and is very, very fast. (I’ll write more about their personalities in the book.)


Jackson is a bulldog and can be very easily scared.


Herman is a fox terrier and he’s quite nice but can be quite cheeky at times.


The twins Zoe and Maxwell are dalmatians and the only way you can tell them apart is the size of their spots.


Tiny is rather small, even for a chihuahua. Though sometimes he can be a bit vicious.


Christina is a very beautiful Jack Russell who all the boys are in love with. She is best friends with Caroline and is into romance.


I’m not sure yet what Caroline is like.


Cat is a cat and as we all know, cats do not like dogs.