They were wonderful gray fluffballs:
I decided not to try sketching at the zoo, as my past experiences have been too frustrating -- too much movement, and too many people. So I concentrated on taking reference photos that I might work from later at home.
I focused on birds -- after the flamingos, I went to the wetlands aviary to admire these Common Eiders, a species that I've seen in the wild off the coast of Alaska, but not this close up.
Another favorite in the wetlands exhibit is the Red-breasted Goose -- they are not shy!
Also on view were a pair of stunning Red-crowned Cranes:
Next I headed for the tropical rainforest exhibit, where the birds fly around freely and it's nearly impossible to get photos. Only this one bird sat still -- and I forgot to find out what species it was, and the zoo's web site doesn't help, so it's a mystery bird!
The African savannah area has another free-flying aviary, where I managed to snap some decent photos of the wonderful weaver birds.
Finally, an animal that is not a bird! The Ring-tailed Lemurs were out and about, and posing nicely.
Today I'm going to try doing a watercolor painting of the flamingos in the comfort of my home.