#ExtraordinaryBirder Christian Cooper has extraordinary wisdom about the power of representation: "It changes people's perception when they see someone like them doing something... it becomes possible for them to imagine themselves doing it." #BlackHistoryMonth@ReimagineTmrw
This past summer I was able to photograph and film a polar bear family feasting on a carcass that had washed up on the shore in Svalbard.
One of the cubs was particularly aggressive, even with mom vocalizing while he tried to gorge himself on whale blubber. 3/4
Then there is summer, the fasting season when the absence of ice pushes the bears onto dry land, where food can be scarce. Their diet is low in protein during this time, consisting mainly of bird eggs and kelp. Occasionally they may find a whale carcass on the beach. 2/4
It’s extremely challenging to get it right because penguins’ shiny belly feathers are extremely reflective, and it’s all too easy to “burn out” the whites and lose all the detail as a result.
I usually underexpose the flash by 1 stop, to avoid too much contrast. 3/4
One stormy morning at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), the light suddenly dropped dramatically and the sky turned black with menacing clouds.
I love dramatic skies, so I decided to try a bit of fill flash with these penguins. 2/4
Photo by @daisygilardini / I’m not a big fan of flash as a rule but occasionally, when really necessary, I’ll use it for a bit of fill. I always pay attention to the animal’s reaction though, and if I see any negative impact I’ll immediately stop and look for an alternative. 1/4
📸 2 of 3: A view of the snow-covered peaks of the Olympic Mountains (National Geographic Image Collection/Sam Abell)
📸 3 of 3: A baby glacier advances into a jade-green crater lake (National Geographic Image Collection/Dr. Gilbert H. Grosvenor)
Photo @jasonedwardsng - Male lions face a fraught time when females in the pride are in oestrus. They have to chaperone the lioness and keep rival and potentially more powerful males at bay, risking injury and death. 1/3
With the help of artificial intelligence and experts in linguistics, robotics, machine learning, and camera engineering, scientists hope to understand what sperm whales are talking about on.natgeo.com/3WPr6ua
They use their whiskers to guide movement, look for food and explore the world around them. Basically, they use their whiskers the way we humans use our fingertips.
In this instance, the young sea lion was trying to figure out my camera dome by extending his whiskers. (2/3)
Photo by @daisygilardini / A close encounter with a young Galapagos sea lion.
Sea lions have thick, long whiskers, but their looks can be deceiving. Their whiskers are some of the most sensitive in the animal kingdom. (1/3)
Video by Russell MacLaughlin @russ_wildlife //
Contrasts of the Namib Desert. A place that is unexpectedly full of life as the giraffe walks among the sand dunes of the Hoanib Valley.
Follow me @russ_wildlife for moments like these in the wilderness. #wilderness
It's Robyn's job to brain-train the aging lions of Disney's Animal Kingdom, and sometimes that leads to some truly inspired ideas. Catch an all-new episode of #MagicOfDAK, tonight at 10/9c on National Geographic, now streaming on @DisneyPlus.
Also known as a puma, mountain lion, and catamount, the cougar has the widest range of any land mammal in the Western Hemisphere and can be found in a diverse range of habitats throughout the Americas on.natgeo.com/3XIgD54
Polar bears’ ears and tails are small, to avoid unnecessary heat dispersal. Their paws are huge, allowing them to walk on thin ice.
Their black footpads are covered by papillae which, coupled with their long claws, act as a crampon effect, gripping the ice while walking. 2/3