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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Venezuela Poodle Moth!!  Zoologist Arthur Anker's picture of a Venezuela poodle moth has captured the curiosity of Internet onlookers.

Venezuela Poodle Moth!!
Zoologist Arthur Anker’s picture of a Venezuela poodle moth has captured the curiosity of Internet onlookers.

 

I think I can, I think I can!!  A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes its way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina on August 17.  by Randall Hill / Reuters
I think I can, I think I can!!
A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes its way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina on August 17.
by Randall Hill / Reuters
Rolling in the deep!!  Elephants at the Ouwehands Dierenpark Zoo in Rhenen, the Netherlands enjoy a mud bath to cool down on August 21.   by Koen Van Weel

Rolling in the deep!!
Elephants at the Ouwehands Dierenpark Zoo in Rhenen, the Netherlands enjoy a mud bath to cool down on August 21.
by Koen Van Weel

orangutan male

Cheeky Monkey!!
A male orangutan looks at visitors at the National Zoological Gardens at Dehiwala, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 20.
by M.a.pushpa Kumara

baby alligator

Hello, world!!
A baby alligator emerges from its egg at Gatorama’s “Alligator Hatching Festival” on August 19, near Palmdale, Florida. Gatorama officials said it was a very good year for eggs. The animal park got 3,233 alligator eggs from this year’s harvest of more than 37,000 eggs gathered by state-sponsored hunters.
by J Pat Carter

One Tired Mom!!  A lioness yawns while resting with her cub in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park on August 19.   by Noor Khamis / Reuters

One Tired Mom!!
A lioness yawns while resting with her cub in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park on August 19.
by Noor Khamis / Reuters

bee on sunflower

Let the sunshine in!!
A bee collects pollen from a sunflower on August 19 in Berlin, Germany.
by Barbara Sax /Getty Images

hippo mouth

Open Wide!!
A hippopotamus opens his mouth while cooling off in the pond of his enclosure at the zoo in Karlsruhe, Germany on August 18.
by Uli Deck /Getty Images

Getting to know you!!  Dog Nikon and cat Zoia check each other out on in Warsaw, Poland on August 18.   by Janek Skarzynski /Getty Images

Getting to know you!!
Dog Nikon and cat Zoia check each other out on in Warsaw, Poland on August 18.
by Janek Skarzynski /Getty Images

Black and White!!  A one-month-old cotton-top tamarin clings to its parent at their enclosure in the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, Israel on August 17. The tamarin couple gave birth to two babies a month ago at the zoo.   by Amir Cohen / Reuters

Black and White!!
A one-month-old cotton-top tamarin clings to its parent at their enclosure in the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, Israel on August 17. The tamarin couple gave birth to two babies a month ago at the zoo.
by Amir Cohen / Reuters

 

baby sloth yawn by waltraud grubitzsch.jpg
Baby Sloth Yawn !!
by Waltraud Grubitzsch
okapi
Is it a Giraffe? Is it a Zebra? Is it a Ziraffe? Is it a Gebra? It’s an Okapi! The Okapi’s history reaches back to ancient Egypt. Shortly after its discovery by Europeans in 1901, an ancient carved image of the animal was discovered in Egypt. For years, Europeans in Africa had heard of an animal that they came to call the ‘African unicorn’. In his travelogue of exploring the Congo, Henry Morton Stanley mentioned a kind of donkey that the natives called the ‘Atti’, which scholars later identified as the Okapi. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. Today there are approximately 10,000–20,000 in the wild…
sumatran tigers

Two Sumatran tigers sniffing at eachother at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. In the wild, the endangered species is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
by BORIS ROESSLER

weaver birds of nepal

Weaver birds flutter near their nests hanging from a tree in Kathmandu on June 21, 2012. Weavers, small passerine birds related to finches, are one of some 868 species of birds found in Nepal. The country’s diverse topography and climate is home to more than ten percent of the world’s bird species.
by Prakash MATHEMA

bengal tiger

A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California. On the first day of summer, temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid seventies by the coast to mid nineties inland.
by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

jaguars

Two month male jaguar born to mother, Nindiri at San Diego Zoo.
by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo

pelicans

Three pelicans stand at the edge of a pond in their enslosure at the zoo in the central German city of Frankfurt am Main on June 18, 2012.
by CHRISTINA MAIWALD

baby giraffe

One-day-old giraffe Bashu is groomed by its mother Iwana at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, on 20 June 2012.
by ED OUDENAARDEN

kiwi chicks

A keeper holding in his hands two Kiwi chicks at the zoo on June 19, 2012 in Berlin. Female chick Tea (L) at three weeks old.
by JOHANNES EISELE

 

panda
A baby panda plays in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province on June 24, 2012, as thousands of visitors gather for the Duanwu festival or better known as the Dragon Boat festival. China engages in ‘panda diplomacy’, using the endangered but iconic bears as diplomatic gifts to other countries, and also runs a lucrative trade hiring the animals out to foreign zoos, as only around 1,600 remain in the wild in China, with some 300 others in captivity.
Two pandas enjoy a meal of bamboo shoots in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province

Two pandas enjoy a meal of bamboo shoots in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province

A Roe Deer and her fawn shelter on the side of the course during the 2012 Scottish Hydro Challenge - Day Four at The Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course on June 24, 2012 in Aviemore, Scotland.   by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

A Roe Deer and her fawn shelter on the side of the course during the 2012 Scottish Hydro Challenge – Day Four at The Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course on June 24, 2012 in Aviemore, Scotland.
by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California.  by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California.
by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

camel gobi desert

This photo taken on June 23, 2012 shows a camel resting outside of a Gobi desert ‘ger’, a local hut-style accomodation, in southern Mongolia. The climate of the Gobi, Asia’s largest desert, is one of extreme temperatures, reaching minus 40°C in winter to 50°C plus in summer.
by Mark RALSTON

dog

A dog walking by a fountain to cool off on a hot summer day in Sevilla on June 24, 2012, as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celcius in southern Spain.
by CRISTINA QUICLER

panda

A panda enjoying an apple in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.

artic wolf pups

Three two-month old arctic wolve cubs sit in the zoo de Servion, in Servion, Switzerland, Sunday, June 17, 2012.
by Laurent Gillieron/Keystone

sumatran tigers

Two Sumatran tigers are pictured in their enclosure on June 18, 2012 at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. In the wild, the endangered species is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
by BORIS ROESSLER

 

 

Hyalophora Cecropia largest moth native to North America!!  by Jay Cossey
Hyalophora Cecropia largest moth native to North America!! by Jay Cossey
Mariposa
White Mariposa Moth in Indonesia

 

White tip reef shark by Joe Klamar
White tip reef shark by Joe Klamar

 

Cownose ray at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.  by Joe Klamer
Cownose ray at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
by Joe Klamer

 

orangutan baby with banana in indonesia by sinar sakti images
orangutan baby with banana in indonesia by sinar sakti images

Li Bingyin walks behind his pet dog pulling a cart carrying his shopping in Kaili city, Guizhou province, China
by Imaginechina / Rex Features

A bird flies over a river covered with green duckweed in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, China by Quirky China News / Rex Features

A bird flies over a river covered with green duckweed in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, China
by Quirky China News / Rex Features

 

The sun sets behind the Cutty Sark and the City of London by Eddie Keogh
The sun sets behind the Cutty Sark and the City of London by Eddie Keogh
Niagara Falls are lit up in neon colours during a light show photographed by Rajeev Nair

Niagara Falls are lit up in neon colours during a light show photographed by Rajeev Nair

 

Birds Waxwings
Waxwings on an apple stick by Hommy H Hydman

 

blue butterfly
blue butterfly
Blue Chameleon

Blue Chameleon

blue bird 4 quail

blue bird 4 quail

blue butterfly

blue butterfly

blue bird 4

blue bird 4

 

wildebeest migration in the masai mara during the great migration by david crookes
wildebeest migration in the masai mara during the great migration by david crookes

 

parrots tongue tied
parrots tongue tied
Eagle Mid-Air Squabble

Eagle Mid-Air Squabble

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

OMG

OMG

 

I bet you wanna know my hairdresser lol!!
I bet you wanna know my hairdresser lol!!
Lion by Isak Pretorius

So you recently bought your first DSLR camera and lens, booked a photographic safari and are ready to photograph a whole coffee table book of stunning wildlife photographs in one trip! The only problem is that you think the “P” stands for Professional and the “A” for Amateur on the camera dial! Here are my top 10 tips for any beginner photographer.
1. Focus on the eye
The viewer’s attention is always drawn to the eye of the subject. This is the strongest element in your photo that needs to be well illuminated and importantly, IN FOCUS. It’s the element that gives “life” to the subject. The closer you are to an animal the more important this becomes as the depth of focus increases (levels of focus on a subject). Use a single autofocus point and move it to eye of the subject while maintain your striking composition.
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon 600mmf/4
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 1/1000
ISO: 400

 

Blue Birdies
Blue Birdies

blue dragon fly

Blue Dragon

The Glaucus atlanticus sea slug, or blue dragon, feeds on toxins from much larger species.

 

lion dad and cub 1
lion dad and cub 1

 

Cheetah Descent by Rob Dessington
Cheetah Descent by Rob Dessington
Elephant Greeting at Kruger National Park by Rob Dessington

Elephant Greeting at Kruger National Park by Rob Dessington

 

Devils Flower Mantis

No, this is not a flower, but an animal. Flowers don’t have a mouth 😉
Portrait of a Gracile Cup Coral (Dendrophyllia gracilis), which is about 2,5 cm (about 1 inch) in size. Taken at Kasai Village, Moalboal, Philippines.
Cup Coral Portrait by Henry Jager

Friendly whale sharks waiting to be fed by fisherman by shawn Heinrichs

Beast friends: The hand-to-mouth relationship has fostered an unusual friendship in the tropical waters
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084508/The-touching-scenes-friendship-Filipino-fishermen-worlds-biggest-fish-man-nature.html#ixzz21XXiuSum

Yellow-Shafted Flicker by Michael S. Quinton
A yellow-shafted flicker leaves its nest in a forest in the United States. Flickers are woodpeckers that can hammer trees but prefer to forage on the ground. They often dig in the dirt for ants.

The Spiderman Lizard: Mwanza Flat Headed Agama
The Mwanza Flat-headed Agama is a lizard found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. The lizard has an uncanny resemblance to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.
The head, neck and shoulders of the Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama is either a bright violet or red, while the rest of their bodies are a deep blue color. Almost fittingly, this delightful color combination is specific only to the male population of the species. The females of this Agama species are dull brown. After all there is no Spiderwoman, is there?
The Mwanza Flat-headed Agama can often be seen in the heat of the day basking on rocks or kopjes. Two years photographer Roy Daines captured an image of the lizard while on holiday in Kenya. Demand for the unusual pet soared soon after. Their recent rise to stardom has pet lovers and Spiderman fans clambering to buy the lizard as pets. Agamas is known to make good pets, as they become tame and docile if handled regularly. However, they require specialist equipment in the UK to maintain their temperature. They also require a special balanced diet of locusts, crickets, mealworms and waxworms. An adult Mwanza Flat-headed Agama can grow up to a foot long.

Pretty Poodle

Pretty Poodle

hummingbird-and-pit-viper-face-off-by-bence-mate

Baby thornback ray pushing itself up the inside of an aquarium

Baby thornback ray pushing itself up the inside of an aquarium

elephant besieged by locust flock in kenya by antero topp

elephant besieged by locust flock in kenya by antero topp