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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On The Brink: Dama Gazelle

 

Dama-Gazelle-3-700x350.jpgThe Dama Gazelle (Nanger dama) is a critically endangered (CR) antelope living in Africa. They have been listed a CR since 2006 when they were upgraded from endangered due to having a population size below 250 mature individuals. There are currently 5 surviving subpopulations which are fragmented and are considered to contain less than 50 mature individuals.

Dama-Gazelle.jpgWhile the Dama Gazelle used to roam most of the Sahara and surrounding countries, it is now only native in Chad, Mali and Niger after going extinct in Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and the Western Sahara.

maxresdefault.jpgThe main threats that caused the decline in numbers of the Dama Gazelle was the introduction of firearms which lead to the uncontrolled hunting of the Dama Gazelle. They also have harm from habitat loss and degradation cause by the overpopulation of domestic animals and pastureland.

The biggest problem they are facing to their conservation is whether to isolate populations to reduce chances of external diseases and intraspecies competition or to allow them to integrate and breed within the different populations. The largest issue with isolating populations is that inbreeding will reduce genetic diversity and their ability to adapt to new diseases and habitat change.

To learn more about the Dama Gazelle and their conservation head over to the IUCN Red List.

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My Favourite Wildlife Books

  1. Blue Planet 2
    519TNByytDL._SX378_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgJust in case you can’t watch the TV series, you can read the book!!
  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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Animal Travels: Peru

PERUVIAN WOOLLY MONKEY
(Lagothrix cana)
Endangered

57bafda8408a8.image.jpgMAJOR THREATS
This species is heavily hunted and infants are much favoured as pets. The females with offspring tend to be targeted by hunters, so that they can sell the infants as pets. Hunting is the main threat prior to deforestation, and colonization severely reduces their numbers.  Heavy deforestation also occurs in many parts of this species’ range.

FUN FACT
Can move at speeds of up to 35mph.


HUMBOLDT PENGUIN
(Spheniscus humboldti)
Vulnerable

Humboldt_penguin.jpgMAJOR THREATS
Fisheries in Peru exploit the main prey of the penguins, greatly reducing their prey base.
Alien species such as rats predate on the eggs of the penguins and also on young chicks. There have also been reports of feral cats on the islands in Peru which can cause a predation risks to both adult and juvenile individuals.
Andean foxes can enter coastal reserves in Peru and prey on the adult and juvenile penguins.
Humboldt Penguins are extremely sensitive to human presence which reduces the success of breeding at frequently visited sites.
These penguins are also at risk from habitat loss and pollution.

FUN FACT
Humboldt penguins were named for the German scientist, Alexander Von Humboldt, who explored Cuba, Mexico, and South America in 1799.


SCARLET MACAW
(Ara macao)
Least Concern

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MAJOR THREATS
There are currently no major threats to the Scarlet Macaw but their population trend is currently decreasing. It is predicted that the population of Scarlet Macaws will drop by around 25% in the next 3 generations.

 

 

FUN FACT
They are said to have the intelligence of a 4-8 year old child.

 

 


AMAZON RIVER DOLPHIN (BOTO)
(Inia geoffrensis)
Data Deficient

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Accidental death in fishing gear such as in gill nets. 
Deliberate killing for fish bait.
Fishing with explosives although illegal in most places is still common in areas of the Amazon.
Damming of rivers.
Between 1956 and the early 1970s, more than 100 botos were live-captured and exported mostly to the USA, Europe and Japan

FUN FACT
These dolphins are PINK!


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Animals You May Not Have Heard About: Sunda Colugo

The Sunda Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) is also known as the Sunda Flying Lemur.

Although, it is not truly a lemur, nor can it fly.

Sunda-flying-lemur.jpgListed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List but currently has a declining population trend.

HABITAT

The Sunda Colugo is a forest dependant species living in evergreen forests and sleeping in coconut tress.


MAJOR THREATS

There is a large threat from hunting for consumption by local people and also from deforestation.


CONSERVATION

The Sunda Colugo is protected by national legislation and is found in many protected areas such as Halimun National Park.

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia
Chordata
Mammalia
Dermoptera
Cynocephalidae

unnamed.jpgWhat do you call a group of Sunda Colugos?
Conspiracy

 

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