Photo by @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
Photo by @Shannon__Wild Leopard selfie! Well, not really, this curious leopard was actually just pawing at the camera, I still triggered the shutter. These elusive and agile cats are known not only for their excellent camouflage and hunting skills but also for their beauty and unpredictability. One of my favorite cat species! ⠀ Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more images of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers.
Photo by @bertiegregory // A macaroni penguin supervising its chick at the nest on Bird Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The amount of effort that this adult and its partner must put in to give this chick just a chance at survival is hard to comprehend. Giant waves, razor sharp rocks, mountain climbs and hungry seals are just a handful of the challenges these penguins must overcome on a daily basis. • • • Watch new episodes of Wild Life with Bertie Gregory: Resurrection Island at NatGeo.com/wildlife
Photo by @daisygilardini // Kamchatka lays on the “Ring of Fire” a long horseshoe-shaped seismically active belt of earthquake epicentres, volcanoes, and tectonic plate boundaries that fringes the Pacific basin. Kamchatka is a very powerful land on many senses. Not only the energy of the 160 volcanoes - 29 of which active - is literally palpable but also the creatures that call it home are simply amazing. I was blessed to spend some time in August in the Kuril Lake Kronotsky Reserve, a Unesco World heritage site photographing the brown bears fishing during the yearly salmon run. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes
Photo by @FransLanting This close-up portrait of a leopard made in Botswana’s Okavango Delta would have been very difficult to do 30 years ago when I first started looking for leopards in Africa. Back then, they were elusive and nearly invisible. When I did my coverage for @natgeo in Botswana in the late 80s, I rarely saw any leopards at all. They were ghost cats. Today sightings of leopards are common. The difference is better protection and especially, lack of hunting pressure. Botswana banned trophy hunting in 2014 and leopards like this one are beneficiaries. It is ever more important to recognize that every wild animal has its own life and that every one of them deserves our respect. Follow me @FransLanting for more close encounters with the animal kingdom.
Video 📽 by @alexbraczkowski An old Sri-Lankan male Leopard drinks from a small pool in one of Yala National Park’s many granite inselbergs. You can see this male Leopard is very old because of the tatters in his ears and his very black nose. Male leopards towards the end of their lives cede parts of heir territory to younger males, eventually losing access to most of their females. They turn to a semi nomadic life, much similar to when they left their mothers side when they were 2-2.5 years old. Leopards are fascinating 🐆 #follow big cat cameraman and biologist @alexbraczkowski to learn more about these fascinating creatures 🐯 . . . . . #leopard#beauty#sundaymood#srilanka#islandlife#island#jungle#asia#bigcat#bigcatsofinstagrqm
Photo by @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
Photo @ladzinski / This might look like a display of affection but it’s actually a pair of #kittyWakes about to have it out in an aerial battle. Swipe over to see the fight that ensued. It was the nesting season and these birds are known to have fierce battles over territory as well as neighbors stealing nesting material from one another, as was the case here. Photographed in #svalbard earlier this year. To see more photos from the arctic please visit @ladzinski
Photo by @Shannon__Wild Light can be make or break an image and this is a great example of what would otherwise be considered just another shot of a common animal here in Africa, the Springbok. Instead, the early morning light lit up the golden grass and backlit the springbok beautifully creating an ethereal feel. ⠀ Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more images of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers.