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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mother and Baby Giraffe

This image was captured by husband and wife photography team, John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk from New York. While visiting a Kenyan watering hole, they spotted a mother giraffe standing over her baby in the gathering dusk. this image won first-place in the 39th annual national wildlife photography contest in the professional mammal category.

2009 Photo Contest Winner Giraffe

Monday, August 29, 2011

Humpback Whale and Diver

Taken by Peter T. Hartlove of Longmont, Colorado, this image received an Honorable Mention in the Connecting People and Nature Category of the Wildlife Magazine's Photography Contest of 2006.

Each winter, these whales gather off the coast of Silver Banks, Dominican Republic in order to mate and give birth. This calf is swimming near the surface while its mother keeps a close eye on it from the background.

Humpback Whale

Pronghorns On The Move

This image of Pronghorns won the grand prize in the National Wildlife Magazine's 36th annual photography award. It was taken by Robert M. Palmer of Miliken, Colorado while driving the back roads of Eastern Colorado.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Two Black Tailed Fawns Playing

This image of two Black-Tailed deer fawns are caught frolicking with one another on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park in Washington state was taken by Mary Campbell, for which she was awarded the grand prize in the 2008 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest.


Image Credit: Mary Campbell

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Giraffes In a Storm

This image of two giraffes facing an approaching storm was captured by Marina Cano while she vacationed in Africa. I am very impressed by her collection, which you can enjoy by clicking this picture.

Giraffe's in the Masai Mara in Kenya as bad weather approaches

Image Credit: Marina Cano

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Two Battling Blackbirds

This photo of blackbirds fighting was taken by David Slater, and brought him an award in the wildlife behavior category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards in it's inaugural year, 2009.

Image Credit: David Slater

Sunday, July 31, 2011

King Penguin Studies Footprints

A young king penguin studies human shoe prints left by the photographer as he left sub-Antarctic South Georgia. What a great shot, especially considering the fact that photographer Robert Friel was only 11 years old when he captured this image in 2009!

He was highly commended in the One Earth category of the Veolia Environmental Wildlife photographer of the year competition. The One Earth category focuses on highlighting the interactions between humans and the natural world.


Image Credit: Robert Friel

Friday, July 29, 2011

Polar Bear Clinging to Remnants of Iceberg

A polar bear clings to the remnants of an iceberg, reminding us of their dire circumstance.


Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the credits for this image.

Windblown Lion

This fabulous image was photographed by English born Nick Brandt. His visionary techniques create stunning effects. Click the image to visit his site or if you would like to buy a print of one of his many masterpieces.

Image Credit: Nick Brandt

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Herring Gull Braving the Sea

This striking picture of a herring gull braving the power and intensity of the sea was captured by Steve Young, from St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly. It scooped up a £5,000 prize from among thousands of shots taken by photographers across the UK.

Click the image to see it in its original size of 3134 x 2093.


Image Credit: Steve Young

Indian Rhino

Award winning photographer Uri Golman won 2nd place for this amazing image of an Indian Rhino. It certainly captures the raw power and strength of rhinos. This photograph was taken in Northern India. The Indian rhino was on the verge of extinction with only about a few hundred left in the wild. Now it is on its way back and around 2500 of them exist today.

Click on the image to see the full size version (1600 x 1057)


Image Credit: Uri Golman

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crested Black Macaque Monkey Self Portrait

Award winning photographer, David Slater left his camera unattended while visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia and it attracted the attention of a curious female Crested Black Macaque monkey.

She became enthralled by her reflection on the camera lens and managed to take a picture of herself.


Here is another image she snapped of the photographer while he attempted to regain his camera.


Image Credit: David Slater/Caters News Agency

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lion With The Kill

Mr. Kalyan Varma is an award winning Wildlife Photographer from Bangalore. He freelances with BBC and National Geographic Channel. He captured this image of a lion feasting on dinner while spending a year in Karnata.


Image Credit: Kalyan Varma

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pronghorns in Wyoming

Pronghorns, like those pictured here in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park were plentiful, proud and moved freely in the early days of the American West. Their seasonal migrations from the mountains to the valleys and back have always been a tough journey, but now fences, borders, bloated rivers, and other obstacles and bottlenecks have resulted in devastating losses for this species.

Although they are not technically antelope, they are unlike deer because the have a gall bladder.


The National Geographic Young Explorer program funded photographer Joe Riis with a grant to document the 2008-2009 pronghorn migration.

Image Credit: Joe Riis/National Geographic

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lynx and Cub

Lynx are known for their black tufts of fur on their ears. They are a medium sized wild cat and are known to inhabit the American southwest, Russia and Canada. They have been able to adapt themselves to a wide range of climates, due to their fur being much thicker in those who live in colder climates.


Photograph by Norbert Rosing

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Impala in Mid-Air

The impala, an African antelope with long, slender legs and muscular thighs. They are best known for their leaping abilities. When frightened, an impala will spring into action, bounding up to 33 feet and soaring 10 feet into the air. This skill is apparently more than just defensive. Impalas have been observed jumping around just to amuse themselves.


Image Credit: Chris Johns

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lionesses Drinking

Bending in graceful unison, six lionesses drink from a watering hole in Savuti, Botswana, where conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert have lived for more than 25 years, exploring, researching, and filming wildlife.


Image Credit: Beverly Jouvert

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tiger Photographed by a Candid Camera

A camera trap captured this picture of a tiger cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. Consisting of an unmanned camera set on auto and tripped by an animal crossing an infrared beam, these camera traps, allow wildlife experts and photographers to track numbers of endangered species and get pictures of elusive animals at close range.


Image Credit: Michael Nichols

Monday, June 6, 2011

Siberian Tiger Conservation

Scientists and photographers Maurice Hornocker and Howard Quigley, drafted a landmark conservation plan to save endangered Siberian tigers such as Koucher and Niurka, the captive cats pictured here in Gayvoron, Russia. By means of instruments such as GPS, cameras, biotelemetry, and transceivers, scientists can remotely monitor threatened species in order to better understand their migratory and hunting habits and protect their habitats.


Image Credit: Dr. Maurice Hornocker

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Artic Wolf Tests the Water

An arctic wolf gingerly tests the water near Ellesmere Island in Canada. Arctic wolves are able to endure years of sub-zero temperatures and go for weeks without food making it possible to inhabit the most inhospitable terrain on earth.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jane Goodall With Chimp

Primatologist Jane Goodall bends forward as Jou Jou, a chimpanzee, reaches out to her in Brazzaville, Congo. Goodall revolutionized primatology with her 1960s studies at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Game Reserve, where she observed chimpanzees making and using tools, a landmark discovery in wildlife studies.


Image Credit: Michael Nichols

Baby Asian elephant in Tall Grass

Baby elephants are born big, standing approximately three feet (one meter) tall and weighing 200 pounds (91 kilograms) at birth. They nurse for two to three years, and are fully mature at 9 (females) to 15 (males) years of age.


Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon is by far the animal kingdom's fastest flier. They have a dive-bomb hunting technique called a stoop when attacking their prey (usually pigeons or dove) at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour (322 kilometers an hour).


Image Credit: Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures

First Wildlife Photo in National Geographic

The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured its first ever wildlife photographs. Editor Gil Grosvenor printed 74 photos snapped by U.S. Representative and early conservationist George Shiras, beginning a long tradition of featuring wildlife photos in the magazine.


Image Credit: George Shiras

Friday, June 3, 2011

Timber Wolves

Timber wolves are the largest members of the wolf family, weighing up to 120 pounds. Today, the timber wolf only inhabits 3% of it's original territory, with most of its population conentrated in northern Minnesota with smaller packs living in Michigan and Wisconsin. They are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Often misunderstood, wolves are highly evolved animals. The secret behaviors of the timber wolves are revealed in this photograph, demonstrating almost human attributes when it comes to family bonds, affection and respect.


Photograph by Jacqueline Crivello

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cheetah Leaping Through the Air

National Geographic is working to avert the extinction of lions, cheetahs, and other big cats with the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports innovative projects. Learn how you can help save these animals.


Black Skimmer

Black Skimmers are tern like birds which are known for their light and graceful flight. They usually feed in large flocks by flying low over the water while skimming the surface for small fish and insects. As a rule, they prefer to nest on sandy or gravely bars and beaches along the Atlantic ocean as far north as Massachusetts and Long Island and as far south as Texas and Florida.

Groups of these birds are not called flocks. Interestingly, they are referred to as a "conspiracy", "embezzlement" or "scoop" of skimmers.

This image of a Black Skimmer was photographed by Mario Goren.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Swimming Elephant With Handler

Photographer, Cesare Naldi won the National Geographic International Photography contest in December, 2009 for this image of a six ton elephant named Rajan. Taken in the Andaman Islands, a remote archipelago in the bay of Bengal, this 60 year old elephant learned to swim 40 years ago to help work for a logging company. When logging was banned in 2002, Rajan was kept by his sentimental wealthy owner.

Perched between his tusks, his Indian 'mahout" (handler and driver) enjoys a magical interlude.


Lion in the Kalahari Desert

A lion patrols the dry Nossob riverbed which is at the center of a vast refuge for big game. South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is joined by a fenceless border with Botswana’s larger Gemsbok National Park.

The two animal refuges are part of an African project that focuses on transnational parks allowing wildlife free rein in their natural ecosystem.


Bull Elephant Splashing in a Waterhole

This dramatic image of a bull elephant was taken by Ben Osborne and is the winner of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the year in 2007. This magnificent creature was captured on film as he kicked and sprayed mud in a waterhole in the Chobe National Park in Betswana.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Fox in Washington

This image was photographed on a path to Paradise at Mount Ranier in Washington state, USA and was taken by photographer Alexander Glass. Click on the image to view a larger version or to download the wallpaper.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eagles in Mid-Air Battle

Three eagles battle over a salmon in the sky above Homer, Alaska. This image was captured by Jose Hernandez and gained an Honorable Mention in the Nature Section of the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2008.


Brown Bear Fishing Underwater

A brown bear waits underwater for salmon to feast upon in the Kuril Lake near Kamchatka, Russia. This image appeared in the August 2009 issue of National Geographic Magazine.


Friday, May 20, 2011

White Tiger at Singapore Zoo

Photographer Birte Person captured this spectacular shot as this tiger did the closest thing possible to hunting at the Singapore Zoo. Many believe white tigers are albinos or a subspecies. This is not true. They are a "genetic hiccup", and occur naturally in one out of 10,000 tiger births.

A rare white tiger

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Eagle and Prey

Winner of the 2009 Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest, this image was taken in Northeast Colorado. Photographer Robert M. Palmer said "I noticed a group of eagles at a local cattle feedlot and saw them climbing up into the air and actually catching starlings and blackbirds. I think there may have been something wrong with the birds since this is not a usual prey item for eagle. The experience lasted one week, then the eagles left the area."


Monday, May 9, 2011

Cheetah At a Full Gallop

A dramatic image of a cheetah in full run. Cheetahs are the fastest moving land animal on the planet and can reach a speed of 45 miles per hour in just two seconds. At top speed they can run at a mind boggling 70 miles per hour! Click on the image to see the full sized image, suitable for use as a desktop wallpaper.


Photography by Chris Jones

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two Fighting Eagles


Northen Spotted Owl in California

A previously tagged northern spotted owl swoops toward a researcher’s lure in a young redwood forest. This photo was taken by Michael Nichols, National Geographic Humboldt County, California 2008


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tiger and Cub

Mother and cub in the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.


Wildebeests at Sunrise

Photographer Claus Brandt won the 2005 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for this stunning image of two Wildebeests at sunrise.


Polar Bear Leaping

Polar Bears are among the largest carnivores in the world. They are highly dependent on the pack ice in the Arctic region. The World Conservation Union estimates their population at 20,000 to 25,000, worldwide.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Giraffe Mother and Baby

A mothers love is divine!


Baby Elephant Peeking Out

A lovely image!
It certainly demonstrates the close social ties elephants are known for....


Leopard and Reflection

Sadly, Leopards are in danger of becoming extinct. Not only are they victims of poaching, but their domain is shrinking due to the destruction of their natural habitats for the sake of construction and development.


Newly Hatched Baby Chicks

This is an AMAZING image.
They are so very tiny and remind us that life is so very fragile.
Kudos to the person who rescued them!