Archive for 'Mammals'

Angolan giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis)

In Namibia’s Etosha National Park, there are huge areas with hardly any vegetation at all, and finding giraffes and other large animals here is quite surreal as there is nothing to eat, from a human perspective at least, as everything is tinder-dry as the heat of the sun makes every bit of moisture evaporate. In […]

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Once these magnificent felines were plentiful in Africa and India. Now they are extinct in India, and in Africa their numbers are dwindling, and the cheetah is now a threatened species. Although many game farms and private reserves have their own cheetahs they are often restricted by fences and thus are practically prisoners, this is […]

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

In the soft hues of the sunrise, everything becomes magic, even more so when you see such incredible creatures as the cheetah. Unfortunately this species, as most others, is threatened. And even though Namibia seem like a haven, cheetahs are fenced in by a network of private properties, cutting off the free flow of genes, […]

Lion (Panthera leo)

This lion was in search of shade as the sun was rising ever higher in the morning sky, a commodity not easy to find during the dry season near the Etosha Pan. Southern Africa is experiencing a deep drought while north-eastern region flooding – an ever more common scenario of extremes. Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON […]

Heatwave and only one tree for shade

A herd finding shade under a lone tree

These Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) are huddled together, not for warmth, but in desperation for shade. This was the only tree standing in a vast stretch of land in Etosha National Park, and had drawn these to it as the sun was understandably unbearable. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 24mm ISO: 125 Shutter speed: […]

Desert Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

The landscapes of Damaraland are incredibly beautiful, and when you encounter a group of desert elephants in the soft hues of sunrise, it takes your breath away. This is shot by the the dried up Huab river. This group was so pleasant, friendly and harmonious, even with two very young calves. They regularly visit wells […]

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)

A wonderful moment where two siblings were close together as they were investigating my presence. Their mother was staying a bit out of sight as she had an injury in one of her legs. This meant that these two youngsters were left to their own devices and to find out what I had on offer […]

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)

The jackal is an intelligent species that will exploit every available opportunity, and this one was assessing whether or not a human presence would be beneficial, and as such simply waited for whatever to unfold.⠀ ⠀ This was not the first one I encountered along the coast, just a bit further south of this location […]

Dhole (Cuon alpinus)

Wild and rare The national parks in India with a tiger population have almost all been rebranded and renamed a tiger reserve as in the public eye the tiger is the ultimate and iconic wild being that eclipses all. So even though this is a national park, the park is all about the tigers on […]

Dholes in the monsoon

The season of abundance Without rain this gorgeous landscape would have been brown, parched and bland, and the watchful dhole (Cuon alpinus) almost impossible to see unless moving. During the monsoon it has become a beautiful garden with flowers and fresh shoots from all the plant species residing here. I have previously avoided visiting during […]

Dhole (Cuon alpinus)

In the dry season the dholes would blend perfectly with the withered plants, but in the monsoon they stick out clearly. An endangered species that is currently surviving in isolated pockets. The dholes hold an important role of the environment, and their presence is vital to keep the balance. They are thriving here in Nagarhole, […]

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

This mother is taking her female cubs to a new resting-play place for the hot hours to come. During the cool hours of the night the mother will hunt, and she had her kill at the previous location now exhausted. Lucky for me the tiger prefers to utilize the roads for territory borders and thus […]

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

Seeing a tiger in the wild is absolutely amazing, but a mother and her cubs is just so special in so many ways! Here two sister are testing their bodies and minds against each other in the countless play fights during the cooler hours of the day, while their mother is lovingly keeping her hand […]

Gaur (Bos gaurus)

This is a magnificent giant that only fears humans and tigers. It is the largest of all wild cattle and is also called Indian bison by many. Like so many other species this one is also vulnerable due to humans, so seeing herds in their natural state and behavior is such a great experience. Especially […]

Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)

In what seemed like a quite morning with little wildlife in Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, I almost passed by a large group of Himalayan tahrs grazing near the road in a difficult stretch of the road. I was happy to see it was not just a couple of individuals, but a sizeable group spread way […]

Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)

My goal was to get a glimpse of this high altitude species, and on my first morning I did see a lone adult male quite near in. I did get a decent image and was content with that as a first encounter. Then one morning I came across a group grazing in the early morning […]

Pika (Ochotona sp)

This little cutie was in full swing eating the delicious primula flowers and other species now in bloom, and here it had a very short break on an outcrop to survey the area. Even though this was the first day (the full moon of April) people were back after a long winter, they were not […]

Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus)

A very common species in India, and no exception in Corbett National Park, yet common does not mean to be ignored as there are many situations that are special and memorable. This male was crossing close to us in confidence and sat down by a tree very nearby to assert its position as leader as […]

Nepal gray langur (Semnopithecus schistaceus)

After an amazing morning I was moving on towards the next valley, but I did not get far before I encountered yet another exciting mammal – the third of the langur species in Bhutan. My first reaction was how big it was – so much bulkier than the capped langurs I had encountered. It was […]

Pika (Ochotona sp)

This is one of several individuals I encountered roaming around a small area of grassy ground, and it was in and out of this burrow as if playing hide and seek with us. With a slightly rounded snout it is likely a juvenile. What a cutie! None of the pikas I encountered here displayed any […]

Pika (Ochotona sp)

I got up very early this morning to get to this location before sunrise to capture the snow capped mountains amongst the flowering rhododendrons, and I was rewarded in so many ways. The vista was absolutely stunning, but I encountered so many incredible rhododendrons, birds and also mammals. Among them a group of pikas roaming […]

Golden langur (Trachypithecus geei)

This mother and her very young offspring were winding down as the light of the setting sun was fading. I encountered this group as I too was winding down – heading back to my hotel after an eventful day. It was a great joy to see every group of golden langurs I encountered in Bhutan […]

Golden langur (Trachypithecus geei)

Yesterday I passed this very spot, and had what I thought an amazing encounter with this group of langurs, preparing for the night. I was on my way back to the hotel, and was stopping here to photograph the rising moon. Instead I found this group of langurs and completely dropped the idea of shooting […]

Golden langur (Trachypithecus geei)

I wonder what these beautiful flowers taste like! Their scent is so sweet and draws you in, but they are rarely accessible to humans as they are high on the trees. For a golden langur they are most definitely a delicacy and I had an amazing time watching this group plucking one flower after the […]

Capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus)

This large male had carried a sizable piece of rock up a tree and was meticulously breaking off pieces and grinding them in his hands as to release the good parts. He would then seemingly taste a piece and eat it all if it was of the right stuff. You can see his white lips […]

Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)

I had heard stories of this species while in Bhutan, one being a close encounter with a farmer and the cat stalking a barking deer and her calf. In the mountains this widespread species grow larger than in the lowland and can take on a young deer. Wild cats are notoriously hard to spot as […]

Barking deer (Muntiacus vaginalis)

This is the second image from the amazing encounter with the orphaned barking deer in the care of Dema the farmer. Dema owns a farm across the road from the Trogon Villa I stayed at for several nights, and this was the first of two encounters with this lovely deer, as I was fortunate to […]

Barking deer (Muntiacus vaginalis)

I had two wonderful encounters with this orphaned barking deer which was so lovingly cared for by Dema the farmer, and this is the encounter of the first day and the third post from this lovely experience. This young deer was so incredibly harmonious and confident in this setting – surrounded by dogs, humans, livestock […]

Ekorn / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

This summer has been the most fun in all the years I’ve lived here, when it comes to squirrels. For some reason at least two female squirrels have made nests in the trees on my property and raised their litters here. One day they were all out, and it was crawling with tiny and ultra […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

A scruffy and lethargic polar bear resting on a shore on an islet that not long ago was under a glacier. While the polar bear struggles with less sea ice, the arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) finds new opportunities on new land. Likely this bear was attracted by the huge numbers of terns here, but their […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

A young walrus resting comfortably on ice from the calving icecap (which can be seen in the back) of the White island (Kvitøya) – the easternmost of the Svalbard islands. Just a few years back the glacier covered this very spot, and there were few icebergs coming off it – now it’s melting so fast […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

The walrus utilizes their tusks as ice picks when they haul themselves up onto an ice float, and sometimes they might break as is the case with this one. This is one of a large group of female and young walrus resting on ice floats from a retreating glacier on Kvitøya (white island) that has […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

My close encounter with the population of walrus on the eastern side of the White Island (Kvitøya) was magical! First and foremost the sheer numbers, as this is a species that has been so severely hunted in the past that it was headed for extinction. For this reason it was protected in Norway in 1952. […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Mother and cub checking out new possibilities on the summer sea ice north of Spitsbergen. They evoke so many feelings in humans, and I am no exception, as I simply cannot help myself and say “aaaww” when I look at the cub in the image. But during the encounter my heart was filled with awe, […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

A mother of one cub after a feed on a seal carcass. The seal was brought down by a huge male, which fed, and fed until it could swallow no more and withdrew to rest between the feasting. During these intervals this mother sneaked up to the seal with her cub and ate all they […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

We had to go further north than ever before to reach the sea ice this year, and after a long while searching in vain we finally noticed a huge male gorging on a seal carcass. Moments later we noticed a female with a cub lying down, waiting for the moment when the male was once […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

This is one of several amazing moments this female and her cub shared with us, at 81.31 degrees north of Svalbard, and here they are walking straight towards the boat I’m on to check it out, as their seal carcass was completely cleaned out and thus the hunt for new opportunities went up to the […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

These clumsy and fat mammals on land are amazingly fast and agile in the ocean! This encounter by the Seven Islands (Sjuøyane), Svalbard is from a zodiac, and they swam towards us to check us out as if this was a strange and much larger than usual member of their species. They even swam underneath […]

South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)

Ballestas Islands off Paracas in Peru is one of very few protected areas of the Puruvian coast, and it’s teaming with life. This group of sea lions seems to relax and enjoy each others company. That is except one. For some reason this individual is snapping at one or more seals. I did not find […]

Spider monkey (Ateles sp)

Almost every day I encountered either spider or howler monkeys. This individual is part of a group I found during one of my many trips on the oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). They have made a float out of two canoes – perfect for photographers and others that want a […]

Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)

Visiting diverse and pristine habitats as that of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is amazing, but also poses one problem! Nigh and day is equally busy with life, so which of the two do you focus on? I am not really a morning person, so I should perhaps be up all night here, […]

Kinkajou (Potos flavus)

I wish I had more time here at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), as I would then had time to focus on nocturnal life in addition to the diurnal. A couple of nights I did manage to stay up a few hours to look for nocturnal fauna, and the forest was teaming with […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon at Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) I visited this oxbow lake where a tiny family of giant otters have managed to raise 3 young to the stage where they are weaned and have become quite the nuisance as they still want food for free. The young otter is making […]

Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus)

There are many groups of both spider and howler monkeys roaming the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and this group turned up as I was photographing flowers. They were inquisitive and calm, and some stopped to check me out, but the group was on the move so they had to follow – […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After my encounter with George just a few minutes ago, that came to an abrupt halt due to a thunderbolt that scared him off, I headed downstream and back to Porto Jofre. Just around a bend in the river I got a glimpse of yet another Jaguar! How interesting! 4 days with just a 3 […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After 4 days here in Jaguarland I’ve seen a jaguar for a merely 3 seconds – not enough to even get a shot! This being my last day I was hoping for a longer encounter, but as the day progressed it did not look very promising. We took some new routes, but not a single […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After waiting a long while for George, the name assigned him from those protecting and keeping score of the population here, to move out of the thickets, the weather changed. One thunderstorm that seemed far away, was quickly joined by several others, that soon joined and became one major storm. This was the cue for […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After many days in the north of Pantanal I had just seen a jaguar for 3 seconds – too brief to even photograph it. Finally seeing this one I was determined to get a shot no matter what, at least as proof. I was in a boat and the location was very unstable. The only […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

It’s midday and it scorching hot, so what’s better than simply standing in the river? You can see from the absence of ripples that they have been standing absolutely still for quite some time. They feel safe in the water, and cooled now, but they cannot eat here, so hunger will lead them back to […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

For a long time I’ve wanted to see these giants up close, and Pantanal is perhaps the best place to see them. This is the first group I encountered, as they were hunting. This river is wide and powerful, with lots of dense vegetation along the banks, so seeing them was not easy. Photographing them […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

These giant rodents are perhaps the most photographed of all animals of the Pantanal, but most are from afar and generic. I find these animals truly amazing and gentle, and hope these close-ups can convey some of their energy and uniqueness. This is a mature male – identified by the gland on the snout which […]

Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso)

If you’re in a boat up a river or a lake in Pantanal or other places in South America, you’ve definitely seen these bats! If you come too close they quickly disperse from the roost low above the water and close to the thickets on the edge of the water. Sometimes they roost under bridges, […]

Tufted capuchin (Cebus apella)

This group raided the mango trees like there was no tomorrow! They did not pick at random, though. It was the sense of smell that seemed to seal the fate of any given mango. As you can see in these photos they elaborately held the fruit up close to the nose and inhaled. For some […]

Tufted capuchin (Cebus apella)

In this angle I think the name tufted is appropriate, but it’s more commonly known as the brown capuchin. This one is naturally part of a larger group which is looking for food on the grounds of Cristalino Jungle Lodge. They move quickly around, so it’s hard to get a headcount but one this is […]

White-whiskered Spider Monkey (Ateles marginatus)

A group of spider monkeys was accompanying a group of capuchin monkeys. While the capuchins were busy raiding the mango trees in the garden of Cristalino Jungle lodge, this one was just observing the goings on – including me. Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Brown Brocket (Mazama nemorivaga)

Astonishingly this brocket was not startled by my approach (a 4×4), so I was able to take a couple of shots before it decided to move on. Pantanal is amazing this way, or at least those areas where landowners long ago have let large portions of their farms revert back to their natural state, including […]

Six-Banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)

As I was focusing on the many small and low plants in the sandy open spaces around the buildings of Pousada Xaraés, this armadillo was passing by. As with the others I’ve encountered here, it was moving quickly, sniffing in one area for a short time, then quickly moving on. Here it’s superficially digging into […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

The fruit of the Acuri palm (Attalea phalerata) is important food for a number of Pantanal bird and mammal species, and here one adult capybara of a family of several youngsters enjoys the ripe (yellow) fruits. It appears the husk is what they prefer, as none of the nuts were cracked open. The capybara should […]

Feral Pig (Sus scrofa)

Once upon a time humans settled on the Pantanal, and they brought pigs. One day some escaped and found lovers in the wild! The result is what you see here. They are a hybrid of domestic and wild pig (peccaries), and is one of very few species allowed to hunt in Pantanal. This sow was […]

Black and Gold Howler (Alouatta caraya)

This part of the Pantanal has numerous forested islands. Islands, as they are truly so during the annual floods, but also virtual islands during the dry season as they have a completely different vegetation than the flood plains. Despite being separated by grasslands and lakes, the howler monkeys thrive here. This encounter was not far […]