Seabirds back at Bempton Cliffs, England


This video from England is called “The Birds of Bempton Cliffs“.

From Steve Race Wildlife Photography in England today:

I have had a great day at Bempton Cliffs with all the seabirds back now in large numbers even including a handful of Puffins (very early). One of my favourite seabirds is the Razorbill and they are now starting to peer around the cliff ledges looking for potential partners.

If you would like to take photographs of the amazing seabird colony at Bempton Cliffs from ‘Above and Below’ the cliffs then why not join me on one my full day trips this Summer. Please click on the … link for more details.

Great spotted woodpecker on tombstone and flowers


Great tit, 15 February 2015

This photo shows a great tit, this afternoon at the cemetery.

It was a sunny, but coldish day.

Nuthatch sounds.

Great spotted woodpecker, 15 February 2015

A female great spotted woodpecker on a tombstone. Usually, these birds sit on trees, not on tombstones, even at this cemetery.

Jay, 15 February 2015

On another tombstone, a jay. A less unusual sight.

Blackbird male, 15 February 2015

Between the graves, a male blackbird.

Chaffinch male, 15 February 2015

And a male chaffinch.

Crocus flowers , cemetery, 15 February 2015

Crocus flowers on, and between graves.

Snowdrops, 15 February 2015

A bit further, snowdrops.

While a dunnock sang.

Burrowing owls dancing, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

7 February 2015

Wildlife photographer Megan Lopez captures a curious pair of burrowing owls.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® camera from http://GoPro.com.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 starts


This video shows photos of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.

From Wildlife Extra:

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 is now open for entries

The prestigious photography competition, the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015, is now open for entries.

This is your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash prize of £5,000, and reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage.

Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London.

The competition is open until 2 May 2015. There are 16 categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video (sponsored by Sky).

There are also two junior categories and a school award – to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

The Wildlife Trusts, which sponsor the ‘habitats’ category, are encouraging photographers to capture the magic of the UK’s habitats and the wildlife within.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Protecting and restoring habitats, and inspiring people to take action for wildlife, is what The Wildlife Trusts are all about so we’re delighted to be part of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which celebrates this. The habitats category – and the competition – offers an opportunity to celebrate some of the UK’s most special places and the wide range of habitats our islands support. We hope everyone who is inspired by the nature around them will share their inspiration by entering this year’s awards.”

For more information about the awards click here.

Pro-shark pioneer diver Lotte Hass dies


This video is called Lotte Hass snorkeling, vintage film.

From Wildlife Extra:

Lotte Hass, one of the world’s first female divers, has died

The Hans Hass Institute in Germany recently announced the death of Lotte Hass, one of the world’s first female scuba divers.

She passed away at the age of 86 on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 after a happy and multi-faceted life.

The first woman to dive with autonomous diving equipment, Lotte Hass entered a formerly male dominated field in 1949 and opened up a whole new world for women.

Against strong opposition she first starred as underwater photo model before moving behind the camera to become an underwater photographer.

Spectacular scenes that showed her diving with sharks certainly contributed to the success of her husband Hans Hass’ films in the 1950s, and a greater understanding of sharks with the public.

The importance of her extraordinary lifetime achievements were highlighted by the 2011 screen adaption of her autobiography A Girl on the Ocean Floor.

The Institute has asked those who want to acknowledge the accomplishments of Lotte Hass as a diving pioneer to support SHARKPROJECT, an organisation that is dedicated to preventing the destruction of the oceans and the extinction of sharks.

Botswana wildlife from the air, video


This video says about itself:

Safari from the sky! Amazing drone footage of Botswana park

19 January 2015

Amazing drone footage captures the wonders of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

You looking at me? Drone captures amazing aerial images of Botswana‘s wildlife peering up at camera.

American photographer Paul Souders captured the stunning pictures in Chobe National Park in Botswana.

The 53-year-old has been a photographer for more than 30 years.

The photographer used his DJI Phantom Vision 2+drone which he operated via a hand-held remote control.

After more than 30 years behind the lens, award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Souders decided to let someone – or rather something – else do most of the hard work for him.

The 53-year-old American snapper has traveled to every conceivable corner of the world in his quest to capture animals in their natural habitat, but for his latest shoot Paul put decided to put his feet up and put his trust in a drone.

Paul traveled 10,000 miles from his home in Seattle to Chobe National Park in Botswana for the shoot, which he took using his DJI Phantom Vision 2+drone operated via a hand-held remote control.

Wildebeest, elephants, lions, and giraffes are among some of the species captured on film during the unusual shoot, with mesmerising results.

A heard of wildebeest can be seen fleeing the scene as the drone hovers overhead, while in another shot, a lone giraffe appears fascinated by the device.

In 2013, Paul was the Grand Prize and Nature winner of the National Geographic Photography Contest with a stunning photograph of a polar bear peering up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay.

Speaking to the magazine, Paul explained that he fell into wildlife photography almost by accident: ‘I never set out to be a nature photographer, I wanted to be a news shooter, and I started my first job at a small daily paper in Rockville with dreams of journalistic glory.

‘I covered a lot of high school sports, portrait assignments and weather features. It felt like telling the story of my community, one day at a time. At some point, I decided a change of scene was in order.

‘Never one for half measures, I packed up everything I owned and drove 4300 miles to Anchorage, Alaska, to take a job at the state’s biggest newspaper. It was 27 below zero the day I arrived, but it was entirely new and magical. There was a moose in my backyard and I could see bald eagles on my morning commute.’

Arrested photographer’s video about Ferguson, USA


This 19 January 2015 video from the USA is called Scott Olson on covering the civil unrest in Ferguson, USA.

Police in Ferguson arrest Getty photographer Scott Olson. Arrest marks the second time that police have arrested journalists covering the Ferguson protests: here. In pictures: Scott Olson’s photographs from Ferguson: here.

By Gannon Burgett in the USA:

Getty photographer shares his account of covering unrest, protests in Ferguson, MO

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:12 PM EST

One of the most high-profile news stories of 2014 was the shooting and killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Brown. Shrouded in controversy, protests and police presence, the case immediately brought Ferguson, Missouri – a small suburb of St. Louis – to the forefront of national news.

As crowds gathered, both to mourn and protest, news agencies quickly sent out photographers to capture the emotions, tensions and friction of the case. One of those photographers was Scott Olson, a Staff News Photographer for Getty Images. In the above video, presented on behalf of Getty Images’ In Focus segment, Olson recounts the mission that was covering the growing unrest in Ferguson.

As shared by Olson in the video, the assignment was expected to be just a couple of days long. But, as tensions grew, police presence increased and protests took a turn for the worst – on both sides – Olson and other photojournalists were kept in Ferguson for two weeks. In that two weeks, Olson captured some of the most iconic images of the protests, demonstrations and events that surrounded the case.

The video comes in at just over four minutes long. In addition to Olson’s retelling, the video overlays a extensive collection of images captured by him throughout his coverage of Ferguson. It’s not often we get this kind of inside look at such a high profile case, so do yourself a favor and press play.

BLACK US politicians stepped into a church pulpit in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday to link slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King’s legacy to the fight for justice reform: here.

Last November, police shot and killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African American man, while he walking down a flight of stairs in Brooklyn’s Louis Pink public housing projects. Gurley’s death has exposed the deadly and authoritarian police presence faced by some of the poorest sections of the working class who live in housing complexes run by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA): here.