Ocean’s ambushers

When thinking about predators in marine ecosystems, most people likely think first of sharks roaming the wide ocean. Sharks are indeed among the apex predators in many marine habitats, but there is more…, much more! Continue reading »

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Expedition Nassau

During a recent trip to Suriname, I was able to spend a few days at the Nassau Mountains in the northeastern part of the country. This small (ca. 20 x 20 square kilometers), isolated mountain range consists of four plateaus with a maximum elevation of about 570 m. As these mountains are home to two endemic subspecies of beautifully colored anurans, the target was clear. Continue reading »

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If only nature had a security guard…

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Yesterday I had to be in Limburg for a rugby game. I used this opportunity to go for a walk with my camera, as in this province relatively large patches of nature can still be found. Many of these are part of the Natura 2000 network. This is the world largest network of protected areas, covering 18% of the European Union’s land area and 6% of its marine territory. Continue reading »

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Lundy Island

BW_ 2015-09-1913271I recently visited Lundy, an island off the west coast of England, where the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic meet. In 2010 Lundy Island was the first place to be designated as a Marine Conservation Zone. Continue reading »

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Underwater toads

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As temperatures are steadily rising again, Common toads (Bufo bufo) and Common frogs (Rana temporaria) will soon gather in a variety of ponds for their yearly moment of reproduction. If a male toad survives the murdering traffic on his journey from the hibernation ground to a suitable pond, he is not yet sure if he will be able to find a mate. Continue reading »

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Vosges

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Earlier this autumn, I visited the Vosges for a couple of days. I spent an evening and a morning photographing Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapbra) after a tip of Gert Arijs.

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Autumn

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Autumn has returned. Temperatures have dropped and days are getting shorter. I spent last weekend in the Netherlands with some other nature photographers. Continue reading »

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Snakes

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Snakes are feared by the majority of people, mostly by a lack of knowledge. Most snakes are completely harmless and even the venomous species will rarely bite, unless you harass them.

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European pond turtle

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Turtles and tortoises are a truly remarkable group of reptiles. These ancient looking animals, protected by their characteristic shell can be found in a variety of habitats.

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Cave salamanders

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Around Easter last month I visited northern Italy together with my girlfriend. Of course I had not randomly chosen for this region… It is the only place in Europa, together with Sardinia, where you can encounter the Web-toed Salamanders (genus Hydromantes). Continue reading »

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