Chimpanzees are one of the cleverest animals in existence, it is not for nothing that they are called our relatives. (Then again, octopi are quite clever too) They are considered one of the first animals to use tools. The Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands just reinforced that about them as one of the Chimpanzees in the zoo used a stick to knock a camera drone out of the sky.
Turtles are fascinating creatures with the earliest one known dating back 220 million years. Despite humans’ interest in these animals for thousands of years, very little is actually known about vast areas of their lives.
Thanks to National Geographic’s Crittercam, researchers have been able to study the giant South American river turtle as never before. The custom made camera provided unprecedented access to the turtles’ uninterrupted underwater behavior and interactions.
These turtles have become so critically endangered that their beaches are protected by armed guards during sensitive months, making this footage all the more valuable.
Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch photographer and artist, has an eye for wildlife photography of all sorts and her series of fox photos is pretty hard not to fall in love with. When her previous occupation of art therapist inspired her to focus more on her creative side, she shifted gears and became a professional web designer. During that time, she had an interest and practiced her hobby with a DSLR and a macro lens she picked up. However, in 2009, Raimond won a Canon 7D in a competition and quickly purchased a Canon 300mm F4.0 to accompany it. She was hooked. Since then her work has been featured in multiple publications and her fan base is growing larger by the day.[Read More…]
As soon as photographer, Gordon Buchanan, and the BBC film crew approached Ellesmere Island, deep in the Canadian Arctic, via a helicopter, the team knew they were in store for a something special. As the helicopter began landing, a pack of wolves began approaching the aircraft, propelllers still whirring, as the wild animals curiously investigated the crew and cameramen. They expected the wolves, whom most likely have never had a single interaction with a human, to be curious, but they never expected how quickly the wolves would adapt to human presence, much less allow the photographer to be in such close contact with them.[Read More…]
Over the years we’ve seen quite a bit of people being extremely unsatisfied with being photographed by drones. Turns out that the animal realm is no different. But what may end up with some yelling at the human kingdom, can cost you a drone over at Australia.
A videographer over at Hunter Valley, Australia found this out the hard way. The videographer was shooting Red Roo Kangaroos (yes, the ones you think about when thinking about jumping and boxing). Apparently, the big animal was not too happy with the noise and gave the drone a big blow and knocked it out of the sky, as they say.
Let this be a cautionary take to every drone operator to be aware of how being annoying can cost you a drone.
Photographing wildlife takes a lot of patience coupled with a decent amount skill, and photographing birds is no exception. If you’ve been thinking about giving bird photography a try, or are just looking for ways to improve your shots, this quick fire video posted on Paulo Carvalho’s YouTube page is full of tips to help you out. The clip is just under three minutes long and is packed full of useful tips from start to finish. [Read More…]
With the help of his father’s wise words, Jay P. Morgan has just put out a fun video chock full of tips to help you get started in wildlife photography. Morgan’s father was a photographer for National Geographic and the Audubon Society for many years. He did us all a favor by imparting his experiences and wisdom onto his son, who is paying it forward and sharing the tips with us. Even if you’re already familiar with some of the concepts he mentions, there’s certainly some gems to be found. Number 8 is a personal favorite. (I, too, can vouch for it’s usefulness.)[Read More…]
I’m still trying to decide if this would be a dream come true or a hair raising experience (or both?), but one thing is for certain it’s definitely a once in a lifetime moment. I caught up with Canadian based photographer Jim Lawrence, who was in the right place at the right time when this curious grizzly bear decided to have a closer look at the photographers Nikon D800.[Read More…]
A nine year old boy from Spain took the top honors in the youth division of the 2014 Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year. Carlos Perez Naval, stole the show when his exceptional photo, “Stinger In The Sun” not only earned the young photographer a 1st place finish in the 10 and under division, but also garnered him the prestigious title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for which he handily edged out photographers nearly twice his age.[Read More…]