Island Cove Adventure: Snakes & Crocs

We silently entered the hut leading to the Crocodile’s lair.  Once inside, we saw a brave man casually handling a yellow python as shown by the pix below.  For a fee, we were able to have our pictures taken with the snake wrapped around us.

Yellow Python by israelv
Yellow Python, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Aside from the snake, there is also a baby crocodile which is also being handled by the same man. The baby croc’s mouth was taped shut so that it woudn’t be able to bite off the tourists as they have their pictures taken while carrying it.  Look at those menacing eyes.  I guess it’s not happy to have its mouth taped off.

Small Croc by israelv
Small Croc, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Finally, we beheld the stars of the show — the big crocodiles. We noticed that some of the crocodiles were very still with their mouths wide open.  The zookeepers told us that it was their way of releasing heat since they don’t sweat. Interesting bit of trivia there.  In addition, for P80 only, you could feed the croc a dead chicken. We got curious so we tried it. The zookeeper tied the chicken with a rope while we held the other end. Slowly, we lowered the chicken. Even before the chicken hit the water, the croc jumped up and snatched the chicken with its powerful jaws. It was action-packed but a bit too barbaric for our taste.

Big Crocs by israelv
Big Crocs, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Finally, we’ve completed our tour of Animal Island and on our way out, I took a picture of the big gates and I could not help but be reminded of the movie King Kong:

King Kong's Gate by israelv
King Kong’s Gate, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Thus ended our wonderful and very interesting tour of Animal Island and of Island Cove itself. After having our afternoon snacks and a quick rest, we finally boarded the bus back to Manila.

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Island Cove Adventure: A Big Bird, A Quiet Deer & a Playful Monkey

On our next stop, we were greeted by another big, flightless bird which is more accomodating (and sometimes too accomodating) than the proud cassowary — the ostrich.  The funny thing about the ostrich is that they are not afraid of people.  When the ostrich notices that you are taking its picture then without warning it would look straight into your lens, open its big beak and would suddenly lunge towards you in an attempt to bite your camera.  This happened to me not a few times.

Ostrich by israelv
Ostrich, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Enough birds already. Our next stop is the humble Philippine Deer. They are quiet and peaceful creatures as the pix below shows:

Philippine Deer by israelv
Philippine Deer, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Our next destination would be the highlight of our Animal Island Tour. But before we got there, I took a snapshot of a playful little monkey:

Playful Monkey by israelv
Playful Monkey, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Next would be Snakes and Crocs… Stay tuned!

Island Cove Adventure: More Feathery Friends

Continuing on, we chanced upon a very serious-looking eagle:

Musing Eagle by israelv
Musing Eagle, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

It seemed like the eagle caught this serious streak from its neighbor, the equally stern-looking owl that seemed straight out of the Legend of the Guardians movie:

Wise Owl by israelv
Wise Owl, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Moving on to a less serious note, we were happy to see a smiling hornbill:

Smiling Hornbill by israelv
Smiling Hornbill, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

More animal pix on the next post, stay tuned! 🙂

Island Cove Adventure: A Sad Reality, Four Plants & a Cannon

After circling the cabanas and reaching the edge of the island, we saw a sad reality. In stark contrast with the beauty of Island Cove, the river that runs alongside it is unclean, foul-smelling and full of floating trash. I was able to get a snapshot of a little boy on a little boat as he swiftly rowed away:

Rowing Away by israelv
Rowing Away, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

It was a tiring walk so after some time we decided to go back to our hut and rested for a while. While resting I caught sight of these four plants all in a straight row:

Four of a Kind by israelv
Four of a Kind, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Our next stop is the Animal Island. A giant cannon greeted as as we entered:

Cannon by israelv
Cannon, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Pictures of the animals will be next. See you in the next post!

Island Cove Adventure: Teaser

Last Saturday, we went to our Company Outing at Island Cove in Cavite.  We had a great time, not just because of the free food and the R&R but because it was also a great time for photography.  Here are some teaser pictures.  Complete set in upcoming posts.

Welcome to Island Cove by israelv
Welcome to Island Cove, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
Slides by israelv
Slides, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
Bald Eagle by israelv
Bald Eagle, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
Sleeping Tiger by israelv
Sleeping Tiger, a photo by israelv on Flickr.