Full-Fledged

So I’m an adult now. To answer a question I’ve been asked many times, I do not feel the slightest bit more grown up whatsoever.

I’m not in the habit of celebrating my birthday. Do you remember being a kid and waking everyone up at 6am ’cause it’s your birthday? Now things are more like “Ahh, I can sleep until 6pm because it’s my birthday.” Willie said we could do whatever I wanted that day though, so I dragged him along to sweat it out at the Botanical Gardens. Well, it’s what I wanted to do!

Some pics: (Sorry for the quality, everything was taken from behind wire cage walls.)

A Scarlet Ibis, their colours are incredible.

Scarlet Ibis

This was my favourite, a Crowned Pigeon.

Crowned Pigeon

Flamingos!

Flamingos

A friendly duck that Willie made friends with. It waddled right up to us, looked him in the eye, and started what could only be described as having a conversation. We’re pretty sure it was begging for feed, but it was still damn cute.

Cute Duck

Unfortunately most of the mammals were snoozing, save for the lemurs. Good lemur:

Good Lemur

Bad, bad lemur!

Bad Lemur

Told you the rest were napping. This guy was huge.

Orangutan

There were also various cranes, parrots, primates, and a couple of reptiles, but since parts of the park were under renovation I couldn’t really get a good look. Strangely enough though, while surrounded by all sorts of exotic creatures Willie found the highlight of the day to be a small animal that was scuttling around the outside of the bird enclosures. “Oh my God, a squirrel! I’ve never seen a squirrel before – look at it go!”

… You know, I’ve been sitting here typing this trying to think up some words of wisdom. They don’t seem to want to come to me. I don’t know what to say about officially becoming an adult. I feel just as small, just as sheepish, just as strange, and just as absolutely complete as before. Maybe that’s where I’m meant to be for now.

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  • Brenda said,
    June 9, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy Birthday to you, Becca! (: -hugs.And those are some amazing close-up pictures of the birds. I can never get close enough to any bird to photograph them, because they would always fly off before I even take as much as a step.

  • Jess said,
    June 9, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    You may be an adult, but you’re still all those years behind you as well- 20, 19, 18, 17, etc…Happy Birthday. :-)

  • Chien Yee said,
    June 9, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy birthday!

  • psycho said,
    June 9, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Hey dearie, happy birthday!

  • Jennifer said,
    June 10, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Aww, I love flamingos!Super cute pictures!!

  • Nanda said,
    June 11, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday! I see you had a good day!

  • Lara said,
    June 11, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy birthday Becca! May many smiles come your way today

  • Vixx said,
    June 11, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday, Becca. *hugs*V xx

  • June 12, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    haha! the top right pic of you w/ the cake is a classic.

  • June 12, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    i mean top left….

  • Kudarania said,
    June 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday!

  • Chelly said,
    June 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy birthday!! I think while one is growing up, you can’t wait to be older, but once you really hit adulthood, you wish you were young again. I know that’s the case for some people, at least.Cute photos of you and nice shots of the animals. I’d love to visit a zoo again.

  • Jenny said,
    June 14, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    happy birthday becca. hope you have many more. and btw: no one EVER really grows up!! *sings the toys r us song*

  • dandyna said,
    June 15, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    I wish you all the joy in this world. 20 years is been a hard time for me. but don’t desperate, 21 years means big changes, better changes.

  • Shirazi said,
    June 16, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Shocking beaautiful bird [above].

  • Linda said,
    June 16, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    All my sincere wishes are there with you Becca. You have really captured cute and nice pics. Great work done!I’d love to visit the zoo as well. Thnx

  • Mike said,
    June 17, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    You are so pretty! And talented! Happy Birthday!

  • char said,
    June 17, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    happy birthday!

  • Skye said,
    June 18, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday!!Those photos are really beautiful – the vibrant colours and amazing patterns that so many birds have are really inspiring.Being an “adult” I think is as much about the way we approach life, than it is about literal age. I think in reality, we’re more “adult” than we realise and being youthful and silly is a part of this.

  • Aneesah said,
    June 19, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Awww, the photos of you are so precious! How adorable! ^_^And how come you’ve never seen squirrels before?! =O We had loads of them in our previous house because I guess it has a garden. They’re nothing like the fwuffy bushy-tailed ones, though. They’re small and the tails are thin. =TAnd the bird photos are gorgeous! That duck looks hilarious. *Tilts head that way too* You did use the zoom to get such close-up pictures, didn’t you? They’re quite well-focused. Now I wish to see a lemur in real life, just lookie their stripey tails!

  • Aneesah said,
    June 19, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    And, happy belated birthday, of course. Even though birthdays might mean less to you now. I’ve just noticed what a gigantic chocolate cake that was for a little toddler.

  • Clare said,
    June 20, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    I’m sure you had a great day! I would LOVE to be 21 again. It was a fun time in my life….Your collage of photos are so good. All the bestClare xx

  • Kestrel said,
    June 21, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    I’m very late and this is my first time here, but happy 21. I know what you mean about not feeling essentially different, I felt the same way when I turned 21 but everyone kept asking me that question.

  • Jane said,
    June 21, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Hey Becca Congrats that you are now 21!:pWell you have actually done a great job. The pics that you have collected are really very nice!!! And that cake and small child was really very sweet. Hope you had a great time! Bye

  • Sanal said,
    June 22, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy birthday!

  • Jem said,
    June 22, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Your camera is amazing with colour! The red-ish breast of the Crowned Pigeon is gorgeous. I must admit I’d never heard of a Crowned Pigeon ’til now though.Congratulations on reaching 21. I’ll be ‘there’ myself in 6 months, and I’m wondering if it’ll make me mature all of a sudden? ..and I just fancy a piece of that cake in the first picture of you!

  • Joanne said,
    June 23, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Hi, and happy belated birthday!A new reader to your blog, just thought Id say hello and what an interesting site! And dont worry about not feeling like an adult – Im 27 and STILL dont!!All the best, and keep up the good blogging!Joanne x

  • joni said,
    June 29, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    belated happy birthday! cool animal pictures!

  • Malin said,
    June 30, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday! I so recognize that feeling when you were a kid and you went up almost in the middle of the night just so you could get your presents. It’s sad that I don’t feel the same today That first oicture with the red bird – it’s amazing. What a cool color on a bird!

  • Katie said,
    July 6, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy late birthday!That “friendly duck” is actually a nene goose, native to hawaii. I can see why you confused it as a duck though!

  • July 12, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    happy birthday… woww… that pictures realy nice.. i realy like it…

  • KUZEN said,
    August 16, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Nice photos

  • August 16, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Great pics. They turned out really well.The crowned pigeon is stunning. And the Scarlet Ibis is significantly better looking than the run-of-the-mill Ibis that we see regularly around Bondi Beach. I’m going to pass this on to my friends, i’ve always been under the impression that the Ibis is one of the ugliest birds in history. Not the first time i’ve been proven wrong!

  • grazitaly said,
    November 10, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    cool animal pictures and Nice photos

  • November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy Birthday. ;-)))

  • Zafer said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Very good pictures

  • November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Your site is verry nice

  • Mert said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Nice photos

  • November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Well, it’s what I wanted to do!

  • Tony said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy child !

  • Rebeca said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Becca, you are very nice child: I like it.

  • Veronica said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Becca and bird pics verry nice thank you

  • Irina said,
    November 13, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy belated birthday!

  • Wendy said,
    November 27, 2006 8 years, 117 days ago

    Happy Birthday. The pictures are awesome. I like going to the Zoo also, it reminds me of my childhood.

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