Wildlife Photography: Episode 1

I have owned a professional DSLR camera for about 9 months now and I have been using it to advance my wildlife photography skills (although not exclusively wildlife).

I have decided to use my blog as a platform to share my wildlife photography, and occasionally any other images that I particularly love!

What I’d really love to get from these posts is to share my work and inspire other and to also get people sharing their wildlife photography with me too so that we can all learn and grow as photographers together!!

I’d love to know if you guys will enjoy this or not, so please leave me a comment below letting me know, or send me a message on Facebook, or even check out my actual photography Instagram to keep up to date with my photography!

So without further ado, here are my favourite wildlife photographs that I captured so far!!

 

Hope you enjoyed these images and I’d love to see everyone else’s too!

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Dog Breeds 101: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

 

Pembroke-Welsh-Corgi-On-White-01.jpgKEY INFORMATION

Lifespan

Height

Weight

12-14 years

10-12 inches

27 to 30 pounds

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known for being a happy, loving and intelligent breed. However, they can have a stubborn and independent streak. Generally they are easy to train but they do like to think for themselves at times.

This breed loves food and it can be used as a great motivator during training, but as they love to eat they can easily become obese if their food is not regulated.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis make good watchdogs as they are suspicious of strangers and are quick to bark when their households or themselves feel threatened.

Like all dogs the Pembroke Welsh Corgi requires early socialisation to ensure they grow into healthy, happy and well-rounded adults.

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This breed is double coated with a think undercoat and longer topcoat; because of this they shed continuously with heavy shedding twice a year. They are easy to groom but shedding can cause a problem is brushing isn’t kept up with. It is recommended to brush your Pembroke Welsh Corgi once a day while they are going through their heavy shedding.

CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi will get on well with children but due to their natural herding instinct they are prone to biting children on the ankles and feet. This is a behaviour that can be trained out at a young age however.

Again, as long as they are socialised with other pets in the household they will get along well.

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Dog Breeds 101: Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Hi guys,

I know I’ve been missing for several months but the time has come to make my return, I have missed blogging and sharing my knowledge and connecting with people online, but I did completely lose my inspiration and motivation for the blog and I had got to a point where I wasn’t happy with the posts that were going up! A break was well needed so that I could get my head in the right place to continue delivering content that I am proud of and that people will enjoy.

With all that said I’m going to dive into this post!

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KEY INFORMATION

Lifespan

Height

Weight

10-12 years

65-82cm

36-54kg

TEMPERAMENT

Pyreneans although giant in stature, are gentle dogs particularly around children which has made them a family favourite for many years. However, like many large dogs Pyreneans are slow to mature and only reach full maturity between 3 and 4 years of age, and this must be taking into account when training them.

Also, Pyreneans contain a stubborn streak that can provide further challenges during training, but despite this they are extremely loyal and form unbreakable bonds with their families. They respond well to positive reinforcement training but don’t take too kindly to any negative reinforcement, which may lead them to more disobedient behaviour. Furthermore, they enjoy the sound of their own voices and will bark at any noise unless this behaviour is assessed early on in life.

Like all dogs the Pyrenean Mountain Dog requires socialisation from a young age to enable them to mature into well-rounded and happy dogs.

Also, due to their inquisitive nature Pyreneans are quite the escape artists and so a well fenced yard is required to ensure they don’t leave for their own adventures. They also contain a high prey drive so intense training is needed for off leash walking as they are generally unresponsive to a recall command when they are in that frame of mind.

pyrenean-mountain-dog-puppy.jpgFAMILY LIVING

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog loves being in a family environment and thoroughly enjoy being involved in things that go on around them, which includes playing with children. While most Pyreneans take care to be extra gentle around children, their large size and strength can be something of an issue and extra attention is needed around the children.

Pyreneans will get on with other pets in the house such as cats if they have been raised with them and if socialised correctly they will also get along with other dogs.

HEALTH

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog has some hereditary conditions such as:

  • Hip dysplasia (due to their size, risk factor can reduced by not allowing the dog to climb up and down stairs, and to use shorter walks until they have reached maturity to ensure that there is less stress on the joints while they are growing)
  • Epilepsy
  • Tricuspid dysplasia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Entropion (eyelids folding inwards)
  • Bloat/Gastric torsion (the risk of this can also be minimised by using a raised feeder and ensuring the dog doesn’t eat too quickly)

Pyrenean-Mountain-Dog.jpgGROOMING

Pyreneans require a lot of grooming due to their double coat. Ideally, they need to be brushed everyday to remove dead and loose hair and prevent matting. As they have a double coat they shed a lot of hair, more so in the Spring and then Autumn.

It is also important to keep their ears clean to prevent a build up of wax that can cause ear infections.

EXERCISE

Although the Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a low energy dog they still require a decent amount of exercising. The recommended amount is around 2 hours of exercise a day for these dogs to ensure they have enough physical and mental stimulation. However, as said earlier it is important to not overexercise a Pyrenean early in life while their bones and joints are still developing to avoid issues with their joints later in life.

 

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My Favourite Wildlife Books

  1. Blue Planet 2
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  2. The Blackbird Diaries
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  3. The Inner Life of Animals

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  4. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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MAGAZINE ENTRY!

World of Animals

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I’ve listed these books (and magazine) as I’m a book lover who is looking for some more wildlife book recommendations! If you know of any others please let me know!!

Merry Christmas from Animal Travels.

Considering today is the 23rd of December and almost Christmas, I’ve decided to skip this week’s Animal Travels and instead wish everybody a Merry Christmas!

I hope all my readers have the Christmas they deserve and have an amazing time with family, friends and pets!

To finish this post I’m just going to add some of my favourite pictures that I’ve taken this year!

Feel free to share any of your favourite pictures from this year as I’m interested to see them!

Merry Christmas everybody! Talk soon!

Snow Day Fun

The little town that I call ‘home’ experienced some snow this past week. Living up a gigantic hill isn’t always helpful when it snows resulting in several stuck vehicles and a bus blocking the road.

However, the snow did allow me to get out and take some pictures with the dog, so for this post I just wanted to share the pictures that I managed to capture before the snow melted.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photos as this is something different than normal for this blog.

Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also let me know if you’d like to see more of my photography!

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All About Reindeer

(Rangifer tarandus)
Vulnerable

 

  • animals_hero_reindeer.jpgAlso known as Caribou.
  • 2890400 mature individuals remaining in the wild.
  • Decreasing population trend.
  • Competition with domesticated Reindeer and unregulated hunted are causing threats to wild Reindeer.
  • Have several adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in a tundra environment:
    • Reindeer have unique bone structures inside their noses which enable their nostrils to open wide, warming cold air before it enters the lungs.
    • Due to less than adequate eyesight, reindeer have found other ways to stay in touch with their herds in blizzard conditions. For example, their leg tendons snap when they walk resulting in a clicking sound.
  • Reindeer are the only species of mammal where both the male and female grow antlers.
  • They are also the only mammal with antlers that are capable of regenerating.
  • Male Reindeer shed their antlers each winter to allow for larger regrowth for the following spring. Whereas, female Reindeer shed their antlers in the spring. Therefore, all of Santa’s Reindeer would technically be female.
  • Reindeer are believed to be the only mammal that can see UV light.
  • They can run at speeds of up to 45mph.

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