African Penguins by the Sohns
18 Sep 2020 10:45 am
Black and white and cute all over. While the African penguin may not be found in freezing temperatures, they are covered in an array of black, white, and gray dense, waterproof feathers that keep them dry and warm in the cold waters off the African coast. They also have a number of dot-like markings flecked across their white chests. These flecks help to individualize each penguin, as each penguin's feather pattern is as individual as a human's fingerprints.~~One of its most distinctive features is a small pink gland above each eye, which helps them cope with high temperatures in South Africa. The hotter the penguin gets, the more blood is sent to these glands where it is cooled by the surrounding air, and keeps the animal cooler. The glands have a pinker appearance the hotter it gets.
Boreal Owls by Michael Quinton
21 Oct 2020 12:00 am
In the dark, damp forest near Slana, Alaska our photographer, Michael Quinton was lucky enough to be tipped off about resident male Boreal Owl broadcasting his mating call. A female responds to his vocalizations, they mate and she lays a clutch of eggs in an abandoned woodpecker nest in a tall snag that fortunately had been adapted by the photographer to photograph the previous residents.~~Over several months Michael visits the snag to document the progress of the chicks hatching, growth and fledging. Each evening the male arrives at the nest site to deliver prey to the owlets and the female. As the Alaskan days grow shorter, the male becomes active as twilight engulfs the stand of tall white spruce and poplar. He is the sole provider for the five owlets snuggled inside a hollow stub. The female abandoned her owlets when they were three weeks of age. They no longer needed brooding so apparently her role was complete.~~As the owlets thrive they begin to test their wings with virgin flights from the nest and eventually explore their forest domain. All of the chicks that fledged survived and after the two month cycle the family disappeared into the woods.~~The images in this gallery are from two separate nests with two seasons of owlets.
Honeybees by Ingo Arndt
18 Sep 2020 10:34 am
Dipping deep into the complexities of a honeybee colony Ingo Arndt captures the heirarchy, cooperation and daily hard work of Apis mellifera. Unique behaviors such as bee workers smothering and killing a wasp by overheating it, workers exuding wax scales from their abdomens and bees emerging from brood cells are included in this gallery. As we all know, bee populations worldwide are declining - here we see the insects poisoned by pesticides along with their natural threats including mites, wax moths and predatory wasps. Ingo's photography also includes examples of wildflower fields next to cultivated fields as a technique to attract and support pollinators and researchers tracking bees with tiny radio tags to learn about flight patterns.
Kelp Forests by Ralph Pace
18 Sep 2020 10:30 am
Ralph takes us below the waves to explore the wildlife and threats to California's kelp forest. While purple sea urchins may look unimposing they can do great damage as a group. If the echinoderm population is unchecked by predators such as seals and otters the urchins feed upon the holdfasts in the kelp forest killing the seaweed. The resulting ecosystem is called an urchin barren.
Marine Life by Gary Bell
18 Sep 2020 10:42 am
Gary Bell takes us below to waves to introduce us to some remarkable marine creatures. Sea cucumbers dispel their guts in a defensive behavior, wrasses dive deep into a sweetlip's mouth to groom them and a male weedy seadragon brooding a clutch of fertilized eggs on his abdomen are included in this gallery. Have you ever seen a blue sea slug, a deadly box jelly or filter-feeding hydroids? These species and more are included in his newest submission of work.
National Parks by Tim Fitzharris
18 Sep 2020 12:00 am
Stunning landscapes from around the United States are included in this gallery of new images from Tim Fitzharris. He captures the majestic beauty of our National Parks including Zion, Arches and Grand Teton.
New Images from BIA
18 Sep 2020 10:50 am
Cheeky bears, mushroom-eating hedgehogs and bubbling ducks are included in this gallery of new images from BIA. Ever seen a face-off between a roadrunner and a rattler or a group (called a drum) of hummingbirds gorging on flower nectar? These behaviors and more are included in this selection of images.
Sergey 's Tiger overall winner at 2020 WPY
26 Oct 2020 12:12 pm
We are proud of our photographer Sergey Gorshkov who's photograph 'The Embrace' is the overall winner of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition! ~~He scoured the forest in the Land of the Leopard National Park in Far East Russia for signs of Amur, or Siberian, tigers, searching for the best place to set up his camera trap. He knew his chance of photographing one was slim, but his mind was made up. ‘From then on, I could think of nothing else,’ Sergey says. After 10 months, his dedication paid off: he captured a rare glimpse of this magnificent tiger in its wild habitat.~~These solitary cats exchange vital information, such as the need for mates, by leaving scent, hairs, urine and other markers on prominent spots, including tree trunks. In the far east of Russia, a population of around 500 Amur tigers persists, occupying a fragment of its former land. Under threat from habitat loss and poaching, these tigers are close to extinction.~~This is not the first accolade Sergey has earned in the annual photo competition hosted by the Natural History Museum in London. Many of his images have won or been commended and finalists over the years.
Tropical Rainforests by Chien Lee
18 Sep 2020 10:22 am
Chien Lee brings us a fresh selection of unique rainforest landscapes and denizens. Tree kangaroos munch on leaves, ants tend their aphid flocks and perfectly-camouflaged toads disappear into the leaf litter in this gallery of images.
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