Jasper Doest@jasperdoest

#Photographer giving a voice to nonhuman lives while trying to bridge the gap between the natural world and ourselves.

www.jasperdoest.com/

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Jasper Doest

Locally known as ‘mollymawks’, these are very beautiful birds. The Falkland Islands hold 70 % (500,00 pairs) of the world population.
Black-browed albatross are migratory, arriving in the Falkland Islands to breed in September and leaving their colonies by the end of April. They may be seen offshore throughout the year in Falkland waters.

They have a pure white head with a black line over and through the eye - ‘the black-brow’. The heavy hooked bill is yellow and pink. The huge wingspan is 210-250cm (7-8ft) with black upperwings and a broad black leading edge to the underwings. The legs and large webbed feet are a flesh-grey colour.

The nest, which is reused every year, is a solid pillar up to 50cm (20ins) high of mud and guano with some grass and seaweed incorporated. They are frequently nest in association rockhopper penguins.

Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in the #falklandislands


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Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in the #Falklands | Due to very calm conditions while making the crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia we spent many hours at the bow of the MS National Geographic Explorer during which we encountered many different cetaceans. This enormous pod of Southern Right Whale Dolphins was certainly one of the highlights.
The southern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis peronii) is a small and slender species of mammal found in cool waters of the Southern Hemisphere. The species was named so because like right whales, they lack a dorsal fin.

Southern right-whale dolphins generally travel in pods of less than 100 animals but may be seen in herds of more than 1,000 individuals. They are energetic swimmers and can be seen porpoising at high speeds, resembling a herd of penguins. They may bow-ride, and can be seen breaching, lobtailing, belly-flopping, and side-slapping. Southern right-whale dolphins feed on a variety of fish species and squid and are often seen associating with dusky and hourglass dolphins, and pilot whales.


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Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in the #falklands | A black-browed albatross rests on it’s nest on New Island. This large seabird of the albatross family is the most widespread and common member of its family.

Until 2013, the IUCN classified this species as endangered due to a drastic reduction in population. Increased longline fishing in the southern oceans, especially around the Patagonian Shelf and around South Georgia has been attributed as a major cause of the decline of this bird. The black-browed albatross has been found to be the most common bird killed by fisheries.


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This week at #wpy54 we celebrated the work of a true conservation hero and it made me so proud being her cousin.
About two years ago a Caribbean flamingo flew into the @hiltoncuracao and ended up beside their swimming pool, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest , a local vet on the island of #Curaçao, who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC @fdoccuracao). Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

The story about Bob was recently published online @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’ and the story received a highly recommendation of the jury during this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards @nhm_wpy. It was beautiful to see @vetdoest shine during the awards ceremony. Odette, thank you for letting me contribute to the incredible work that you do! 😘

#Followme , @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC).


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I started documenting the natural history of white storks almost 10 years ago. I’ve spent months and months chasing these large white birds throughout the European continent. After many years I realized the story I was working on wasn’t so much about these large white birds, it was about us. How can it be that the ‘symbol of new life’ as we used to see white storks, are now foraging on the excretions of our civilization? And is it a bad thing?
Join me October 15th in #London where I will speak at the @imperialcollege about the power of photography in our fight for the #environment and how I found my voice by chasing a large white bird.

Register @eventbriteuk for your #free ticket, link in bio


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Photo by @jasperdoest #onassignment for @wnfnederland in #Galapagos | Alberto ‘Beto’ Andrade, artisanal fisherman from the Island of Santa Cruz catches a yellowfin tuna in front of Isla Santa Fe.
The Galápagos Islands are one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, but also home to an artisanal fishing industry. These are usually small-scale operations for subsistence or small markets. Overfishing and an increase in illegal fishing has seriously depleted Galápagos’ waters of several key species, including the spiny lobster and the sea cucumber.
Yellowfin tunas are an important commercial tuna species in pelagic waters and although they provides food and livelihoods for people, they more than just seafood. Tuna are a top predator in the marine food chain, maintaining a balance in the ocean environment.

Overfishing harms marine environments and ultimately hurts communities that depend on the fish. @wwf collaborates with fishing communities to embrace sustainable practices that protect the marine ecosystem and fishing industry. WWF is also working with local fishermen to apply sustainable principles and maximize their catch (without bycatch) by increasing their incomes through a market certification scheme. This increases the value for their catch, allowing fish stocks to recover while reducing physical and financial burdens on the fisherman.

#fishingcommunity #oceanconservation #communityconservation


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Fluid, that’s how @aart_natgeo (Editor-in-Chief of the Dutch edition of @NatGeo magazine poetically described the uninhabited island of Rottumeroog, a place continuously shaped by the elements. I still remember the phone call after my first visit to this island in the #waddenzee; I told Aart I truly loved the place after which he asked me what was there to see. I replied: ‘“nothing”, which as a magazine editor made him a little nervous 😉. Aart, this week you officially retired after 17 years @natgeonl. I’m extremely grateful for the chances, faith, confidence and freedom you gave me to grow into the photographer I am today.
I wish you all the best and I sincerely hope our paths will keep crossing in the future. Perhaps not professionally (as I’m not thinking about retirement any time soon) but I’ll be on the lookout for a cyclist making fun of my non-Italian bicycle ;-). Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment for @natgeonl @natgeo on the island of #rottumeroog


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No this is not the poster of the new #godzilla movie that got released earlier this year. This is an adult marine iguana and it’s the only lizard in the world with the ability to live and forage at sea and it’s endemic to the Galapagos. I had the privilege to spent some time with these amazing animals earlier this year while #onassignment in #Galapagos for Dutch #WWF. I wish I could have stayed longer. They are not very agile on land, but are excellent swimmers. Due to the high concentration of salt in their diet, marine iguanas filter their blood at the nose and sneeze out the excess salt, often forming salt crystals on the snout.


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I can’t believe our little girl is turning 8 today. Time flies when you’re having fun and it has been nothing but fun these past 8 years. To many more! Happy birthday my love 😘


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Don’t worry. This ain’t Bob. This is another flamingo that got rescued last year. The bird had been bitten by a stray dog and ended up with @vetdoest after walking around with a broken wing for way to long. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to save it’s wing and therefore the bird could not be reintroduced back into the wild as it would have been attacked again.

She decided that it would be good for her ambassador flamingo to have a friend and named this bird George. Although they didn’t really seem to like each other in the beginning they get along really well now. They love hanging around the pool in the evening and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bob turned out to be a female as George really seems to have the hots for Bob. To be continued I guess... For those of you who wonder who Bob is: Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of #Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest , a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

The story about Bob was recently published online @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’. Follow me @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC).


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Ok, I mentioned earlier that Flamingo Bob lives together with another flamingo, goes swimming with his pelican friends but I didn’t share Bob has some rabbits living in his ‘Bird Room’ and he ain’t really happy with that. The reason is these rabbits tend to steal his fish...I know 🙄. So I think this might as well be the first photograph online that shows a flamingo attacking a rabbit because of food-competition.
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of #Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest , a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

The story about Bob was recently published online @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’. Follow me @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC).


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For 130 years, National Geographic #natgeo has pioneered and championed the art of #wildlife photography, and captivated generations of engaged audiences with a steady stream of extraordinary images of animals in nature. From the very first such image to appear – a reindeer in 1903 – National Geographic Society’s publications have broken new ground and push the bar higher again and again, establishing an unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific, and technical achievement. This week the new traveling @natgeo exhibition ‘50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs’ opened in #Melbourne and I’m excited to see one of my snow monkey photographs as part of the exhibition that will run in Melbourne until November 30, 2018.

In winter, Japanese macaques in the Joshin’etsukogen National Park, on the island of Honshu, congregate in the hot-spring pools, to stay warm and to socialise. The colder it gets in the mountains, the more of them head for the pools. On this particular day I found about 30 macaques enjoying a steamy soak, their heads covered in fresh snow. The warm water has a very relaxing effect on the monkeys, and most of them were asleep. I watched with delight as this youngster became increasingly drowsy and eventually closed its eyes. It’s such an honour when an animal trusts you enough to fall asleep in front of you. I used a close-up shot to capture the moment of tranquillity and to emphasise the human likeness.


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