animals

Majestic deer statue on a gate post in the Palace woods

Two majestic deer statues on gate posts in the Palace woods


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With these two majestic deer statues, photographed in the woods of Palace Het Loo, I will end this little series about Palace het Loo. All these images were made in Crown Domain ‘het Loo’, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, during a panel testing day with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – organized by the Dutch photography Magazine ‘Focus’ . Hope you enjoyed checking them out!

Majestic deer statue on a gate post in the Palace woods

Majestic deer statue on a gate post in the Palace woods

Head of the deer statue in profile

Head of the deer statue in profile

Profile of the deer statue in the autumn woods

Profile of the deer statue in the autumn woods

 

 

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Equine embrace

And then there were the horses…


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Two horse, a white and a brown one, in one of the meadows of the Royal Crown Domain ‘Het Loo’ – I experimented further with the Tamron 16-300 mm F3,5-6,3 DiII VC PZD zoom – from tele to wide angle, from very high to shallow depth of field… I’m quite happy with the result of this little series!

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

Two horses in a meadow, on an autumn day

 

Equine embrace

Equine embrace

Grazing white horse - close-up

Grazing white horse – close-up

Coming closer

Coming closer

 

Close eye contact

Close eye contact

Morning Fountain Tale


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Early morning in Leiden, the Netherlands. A fountain on the Beestenmarkt. Low sunlight, and some pigeons. With a little fantasy, one doesn’t need much to make a fairytale 🙂 . Feel free to add your own version of the conversation 😉 .

Beestenmarkt in Leiden, the Netherlands


Fountain in morning light. Beestenmarkt in Leiden, the Netherlands

A few pigeons meet to take their morning shower

A few pigeons meet to take their morning shower

Good morning, how are you today?

Good morning, how are you today?

Pigeon in backlight near a city fountain

Looks like it’s going to be a fine day, don’t you think so?

Sparkling fountain water.

Aaaah, that’s nice and fresh!

Red-legged seriema on the pathway


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Red-legged seriema on the pathway

Red-legged seriema on the pathway

Also named crested cariama

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf


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Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Eyes of a sleepy white wolf

Photo made in Artis Amsterdam zoo,  October 28, 2014

Morning Poetry – Canadean goose on the river Rurh


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Morning poetry - Canadian goose on the River Ruhr

Morning poetry – Canadian goose on the River Ruhr

Photo made in Germany, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia – May 2014

Orang Utan – mother and baby bonding


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Orang Utan - mother and baby

Orang Utan – mother and baby

I hope you don’t mind that I’m posting another Orang Utan photo today, Even though it has just a slight motion blur, I didn’t want to withhold it from you 😉

More info about Orang Utan, you can find in my previous post here: Orang Utan – Read my thoughts

Orangutan – Read my thoughts


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Orangutan - Read my thoughts

Orangutan – Read my thoughts

Orangutan with pensive eyes – could we only read it’s thoughts… Photographed in Apenheul zoo, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

 

Orangutan

Quote:

“The orangutans are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
The name “orangutan” (also written  is derived from the Malay and Indonesian words orang meaning “person” and hutan meaning “forest”, thus “person of the forest”.
Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes and spend most of their time in trees. Their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of chimpanzees and gorillas. Males and females differ in size and appearance. Dominant adult males have distinctive cheek pads and produce long calls that attract females and intimidate rivals. Younger males do not have these characteristics and resemble adult females. Orangutans are the most solitary of the great apes, with social bonds occurring primarily between mothers and their dependent offspring, who stay together for the first two years. Fruit is the most important component of an orangutan’s diet; however, the apes will also eat vegetation, bark, honey, insects and even bird eggs. They can live over 30 years in both the wild and captivity.

Conservation status
During the early 2000s, orangutan habitat has decreased rapidly due to logging and forest fires, as well as fragmentation by roads. A major factor in that period of time has been the conversion of vast areas of tropical forest to palm oil plantations in response to international demand. Palm oil is used for cooking, cosmetics, mechanics, and biodiesel. Hunting is also a major problem as is the illegal pet trade. Orangutans may be killed for the bushmeat trade, crop protection, or for use for traditional medicine. Mother orangutans are killed so their infants can be sold as pets, and many of these infants die without the help of their mother.
As a result of all this, both species are on the IUCN Red List of Mammals. The Sumatran species is critically endangered and the Bornean species is endangered.” Source: Wikipedia

 

Two Grey crowned cranes with golden crown


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Two grey crowned cranes with golden crown

Two grey crowned cranes with golden crown

Photo made in ‘de Oliemeulen’ zoo in Tilburg, the Netherlands – Sept. 22, 2014

Grey crowned cranes (Balearica regulorum) are native to the dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. They can also be found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands near rivers and lakes in eastern from the Uganda and Kenya, south to South Africa. This animal does not migrate.

The grey crowned crane has a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. It has a booming call which involves inflation of the red gular sac. It also makes a honking sound quite different from the trumpeting of other crane species.

These cranes are omnivores, eating plants, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and the eggs of aquatic animals. Stamping their feet as they walk, they flush out insects which are quickly caught and eaten. The birds also associate with grazing herbivores, benefiting from the ability to grab prey items disturbed by antelopes and gazelles. They spend their entire day looking for food. At night, the crowned crane spends it time in the trees sleeping and resting.

The grey crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country’s flag and coat of arms.

Although the grey crowned crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution. In 2012 it was uplisted from vulnerable to endangered by the IUCN.” Source: Wikipedia

Tube dwelling anemones, wonderful creatures of the sea


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Today, I would like to show you one of my recent nature photographs. Let’s make Wednesday the #WonderfulNature day 😉

Sea Anemones, wonderful creatures of the sea

Sea Anemones, wonderful creatures of the sea

Photo of two tube dwelling anemones, a blue and a pink one, photographed in the Aquarium of Artis Amsterdam zoo, the Netherlands (August 31, 2014)

Tube-dwelling anemones or cerianthids look very similar to sea anemones, but belong to an entirely different subclass of anthozoans. They are solitary, living buried in soft sediments. Tube anemones live and can withdraw into tubes, which are made of a fibrous material, which is made from secreted mucus and threads of nematocyst-like organelles, known as ptychocysts.

Cerianthids have a crown of tentacles that consists of two whorls of distinctly different sized tentacles. The outer whorl consists of large tentacles that extend outwards. These tentacles taper to points and are mostly used in food capture and defence. The smaller inner tentacles are held more erect than the larger lateral tentacles and are used for food manipulation and ingestion.” Source: Wikipedia