@ErikaSkogg // A barred owl, named for its "barred" color pattern in its plumage, makes a visit to our #Vermont cabin in-between the rain this evening. Native to eastern North America, barred owls are one of the most common voices in the forest but more often heard than seen. This individual made a rare and very welcomed appearance amidst the fall foliage at dusk for a beautiful photographic opportunity.
@DaisyGilardini // “Hitching a ride” - In this particular episode a mother was resting with her two young cubs in a day den on her way to the pack ice to hunt. Day dens tend to be in wind-protected areas, where snowdrifts and trees form a natural shelter. Mama bear remained calm as our vehicle approached the location giving us the opportunity to photograph both her and the cubs for several hours before she suddenly decided it was time to leave. She flopped downhill in deep snow when one of her two cubs decided it was more convenient to hitch a ride on mama’s behind. The cub jumped up and held on with a firm bite on mama’s furry backside — a charming and totally unexpected behaviour. Wildlife photography is all about patience and perseverance. Despite the challenging conditions and long hours waiting for something to happen, the experience of witnessing something so rare is beyond price.
@shaazjung | Meet Kali, a melanistic leopard that lives in the jungles of South India. I’ve spent the last decade tracking black panthers in the wild and this picture has to be one of my favourites. It epitomises life in the jungle. It’s always a game of hide and seek and the panther plays it best. . . Follow @shaazjung as he documents more of the jungles best kept secrets.
@Shannon__Wild A Verreaux's Sifaka I photographed in Madagascar in the classic ‘dancing’ pose it’s known for when on the ground. Its body is so highly adapted to an arboreal existence, on the ground its only means of locomotion is hopping. ⠀ Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more images of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers.
@max.lowe // Two male polar bears spar while waiting for the sea ice to form along the coast of the Hudson Bay, Manitoba. Each year, large numbers of bears congregate along the arctic coastlines waiting for the sea ice to form so they can go out and hunt seals for the winter, and during this time they often come into contact on land as seen here. To see more from his trip to document the bears and the work being done by field researchers to conserve them, follow @max.lowe#NationalPolarbearWeek#polarbear
@DaisyGilardini // Sea Otters are incredibly smart creatures that inhabit kelp forest, bay and coastal water in the North Pacific Ocean. They eat clams, mussels, crab, sea urchins and sea stars, among other species, to fish. They use tools - including rocks - to crush hard-shelled food. Because they have little body fat, they have extremely warm fur to help insulate them.
@CristinaMittermeier // While travelling by dog sled across sea ice in northern Greenland, we stopped for a moment to rest, but these energetic huskies were more interested in me and my camera than taking a break. For over 4000 years, huskies have been tied to Inuit culture, and without them the Inuit people likely wouldn’t have survived in this harsh Arctic climate. The Inuit continue to lead a fragile way of life, committed to their traditions and culture. However, as sea ice melts more rapidly every year, this extraordinary lifestyle is threatened for all people of the north. #DogSled#Husky#Greenland#SeaIce#Nature
@DaisyGilardini // Emperor Penguins are listed as a near Threatened species in the IUCN red list due to climate change. They are amazing birds breeding on the pack ice during the Antarctic winter (April to August) and facing temperature as low as -40 Celsius. By September the chicks have grown a thick cover of down and by December they start going at sea. This image was shot in October when the chicks are still on their parents feet under the warm brood pouch. Snow Hill Island - Antarctica