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October 14th, 2011

More from Brazil

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Hyacinth Macaw, Pantanal
The Pantanal is a vast, seasonally-flooded wetland in south-central Brazil. It is also a conservation success story based on an unexpected, but effective, model. Because the annual inundation makes agriculture largely impossible, the land is typically held in large Fazendas – enormous tracts of privately-owned ranch land.  On these ranches, cows share space with giant …
 
August 26th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Final Post #5

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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August 10, Danskøya Island 37F This morning is cold. Most definitely the coolest we’ve experienced. Danskøya Island is on the northwest part of the archipelago and is on the edge of better polar bear habitat. The ice is nearly 80 miles offshore, so any bears that are stranded on the Islands of Svalbard migrate towards …
 
July 5th, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 32

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 32
This is another image from my visit to Cordova, Alaska last month. The focus of my trip was photographing the shorebird migration that takes place each spring along the Copper River delta. Naively, I anticipated millions of shorebirds, but I never saw more than perhaps 10,000 all at once. This was still a spectacular sight …
 
June 21st, 2011

Dangerous Nature?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Wild Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) Male eating figs, Australia
I am often asked – at lectures and in interviews – what is the most dangerous thing I have ever encountered in nature. Frankly, I hate that question, first because of its inherent sensationalism, but also because it is so misplaced: I have very little to fear from the wild animals with which I spend …
 
June 12th, 2011

Accidents and Near Misses

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Allen's Hummingbird Taking Off
  The best wildlife photography often happens around the edges of situations, when things are not entirely going your way and conditions force you to do something unplanned. I have been photographing Allen’s Hummingbirds bathing in a small stream on the Channel Islands (see post from a few days ago) but found that I had …
 
June 3rd, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 02

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 02
While visiting Cordova, I saw flocks of several thousand shorebirds, but never the millions that I had read about. If there were millions, they were spread out over the entire Copper River delta region. The shorebirds that I saw were scattered all over the mudflats of Hartney Bay which made photographing them difficult. The best opportunities to photograph …
 
May 31st, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 01

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 01, Prince William Sound, Alaska
ALASKA!!! That sums up my feelings about my recent trip north. I began my trip by teaching some classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks, but then my friend and fellow photographer Steve Kazlowski joined me for a week photographing the Copper River shorebird migration near Cordova. It was the first time that either of us had …
 
May 31st, 2011

Hanging in the Wind

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) In flight, Scotland
Fulmars are small cousins to the albatross, and like them, are creatures of the wind. And on my recent trip around the British Isles, we had PLENTY of that: including the worst spring storm in Scotland in 50 years, with sustained 60-70 mph winds. But while most birds were sticking to their burrows, the fulmars …
 
May 21st, 2011

The Dance of the Pheasant

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Golden Pheasant, Tresco island
For the past several weeks, I have been lecturing on photography aboard the National Geographic Explorer, sailing between Madeira and the British Isles.  We have another week to go, as we head north towards Scotland – and some of the wild seabird islands that, for me, will be the high point of the trip. Wildlife …
 
April 27th, 2011

In the Company of Puffins

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Atlantic Puffin carrying nest material, Scotland
It’s hard to pick a personal favorite bird – there are so many wonderful birds around the world – but I’d have to say that Puffins are right up there on the list. As with penguins, everything Puffins do seem simultaneously adorable and slightly ridiculous – like this fellow carrying grass back to line his …