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Together we walk the line. 
We are privileged to have top Zimbabwean photographer @stevenchikosi document the work of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. 
A self-described “African storyteller” Steven’s on a mission to tell stories of daily life in Zimbabwe. And we are so pleased he’s helping us show the world the important work these brave men and women do to protect our wildlife. Thank you Steven! 
Follow @stevenchikosi to see more of his incredible work showcasing the amazing people of Zimbabwe. 
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Together we walk the line. We are privileged to have top Zimbabwean photographer @stevenchikosi document the work of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. A self-described “African storyteller” Steven’s on a mission to tell stories of daily life in Zimbabwe. And we are so pleased he’s helping us show the world the important work these brave men and women do to protect our wildlife. Thank you Steven! Follow @stevenchikosi to see more of his incredible work showcasing the amazing people of Zimbabwe. #ZambeziElephantFund  #manapoolsnationalpark  #Zimbabwe  #Africa  #ZambeziValley #elephant  #lowerzambezi  #elephants #photooftheday  #wildlife  #nature #travel  #safari  #travelafrica #safariafrica  #wildgeography  #earthfocus #earthcapture  #natgeowild  #wildlifeplanet #wildlife_addicts  #passionpassport #discoverearth  #ig_wildlife  #ig_africa #ranger  #antipoachingranger  #antipoaching #worldrangerday

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Kamchatka brown bear – So yesterday was a classic example of why I should never attempt to multi-task. As I stood at our back door having a chat with our lovely neighbour (you know who you are!) I foolishly attempted to post an image and text to my Instagram. In doing so I posted a new image with the text from the previous day so my apologies to anyone who liked or commented on that image, an image that was deleted and then reposted! As for this one then having spent the day at my computer processing some bear images I thought that I might as well keep the bear theme going. This image is an example of what can be achieved if you pay as much attention to the backdrop as you do to the subject. This location was phenomenal and we had bears entirely surrounding us, often sauntering within just a few feet (such as Swag the naughty) but the backdrop on this particular angle was cluttered, messy and too close to throw out of focus. There were however some shadowed areas, areas which I knew would fall into underexposure if I waited for a sunlit bear to pass in front. I was then very fortunate indeed when this recently submerged individual decided to emerge right on cue, all sunlit and soggy but against a darkish backdrop. This had the added bonus of giving the dripping water something to stand out against, making the portrait more engaging and interesting, even though the disappointed bear is obviously salmon-less! If you think that the image does work then try it for yourself so remember, sunlit subject, background in shadow and expose for the sunny bit, bingo! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety @tatraphotography

Kamchatka brown bear – So yesterday was a classic example of why I should never attempt to multi-task. As I stood at our back door having a chat with our lovely neighbour (you know who you are!) I foolishly attempted to post an image and text to my Instagram. In doing so I posted a new image with the text from the previous day so my apologies to anyone who liked or commented on that image, an image that was deleted and then reposted! As for this one then having spent the day at my computer processing some bear images I thought that I might as well keep the bear theme going. This image is an example of what can be achieved if you pay as much attention to the backdrop as you do to the subject. This location was phenomenal and we had bears entirely surrounding us, often sauntering within just a few feet (such as Swag the naughty) but the backdrop on this particular angle was cluttered, messy and too close to throw out of focus. There were however some shadowed areas, areas which I knew would fall into underexposure if I waited for a sunlit bear to pass in front. I was then very fortunate indeed when this recently submerged individual decided to emerge right on cue, all sunlit and soggy but against a darkish backdrop. This had the added bonus of giving the dripping water something to stand out against, making the portrait more engaging and interesting, even though the disappointed bear is obviously salmon-less! If you think that the image does work then try it for yourself so remember, sunlit subject, background in shadow and expose for the sunny bit, bingo! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety @tatraphotography

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He is the coolest  in Thailand - Mr Moo 💙🐘💙 how did he celebrate ? totally chilled , of course 😎👍 - deep in the forest is where he is happiest
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He is the coolest in Thailand - Mr Moo 💙🐘💙 how did he celebrate ? totally chilled , of course 😎👍 - deep in the forest is where he is happiest Via : @blesele ➥ Get Featured: #elephantsfan ➥ Don't forget to follow @elephants.fan_ for more ❤️❤️❤️

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Few animals enjoy their food more than hyenas do, truly passionate about their food 😉
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Tag someone who’d love this pic, I tag @therock 🤘🏼🙌🏼👊🏼
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Few animals enjoy their food more than hyenas do, truly passionate about their food 😉 • Tag someone who’d love this pic, I tag @therock 🤘🏼🙌🏼👊🏼 •

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A lion called Scar.
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Photographed in the Masai Mara yesterday afternoon on our exciting @wildeyesa Migration Photo Safari.
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#WildEyeSA #WEmigration

A lion called Scar. • Photographed in the Masai Mara yesterday afternoon on our exciting @wildeyesa Migration Photo Safari. • #WildEyeSA #WEmigration

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Precision Side Profile
Another encounter of a juvenile Great Blue Heron. Note the fluffy white feathers running along the front throat and rear neck. I believe those are down feathers still waiting to shed. His/her vision appears driven to about 15 feet in front of it. Imagine being able to spot out fish waist deep in heavily weeded water. 
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g 
Handheld
300mm
f/6.3
1/500s
ISO 800

Precision Side Profile Another encounter of a juvenile Great Blue Heron. Note the fluffy white feathers running along the front throat and rear neck. I believe those are down feathers still waiting to shed. His/her vision appears driven to about 15 feet in front of it. Imagine being able to spot out fish waist deep in heavily weeded water. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g Handheld 300mm f/6.3 1/500s ISO 800

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Seeking A Sandhill
Having a most prehistoric call that resembles a guttural overgrown pigeon, the Sandhill Crane is indeed one of my favorite birds. They possess piercing amber colored eyes and have red accents running along both sides of the skull, which heed this bird with unique characteristics. Almost always will you see these large birds in pairs, and I feel they are almost always mating pairs. This particular sandhill seemed a little younger, as it didn't look fully grown. 
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Nikon D3400 
AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g 
Handheld
240mm
f/6
1/500s
ISO 1600

Seeking A Sandhill Having a most prehistoric call that resembles a guttural overgrown pigeon, the Sandhill Crane is indeed one of my favorite birds. They possess piercing amber colored eyes and have red accents running along both sides of the skull, which heed this bird with unique characteristics. Almost always will you see these large birds in pairs, and I feel they are almost always mating pairs. This particular sandhill seemed a little younger, as it didn't look fully grown. Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Nikon D3400 AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g Handheld 240mm f/6 1/500s ISO 1600

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“This photo was one of the first ones I ever took (Poulomee says) I had barely settled into our digs for the night when this herd just walked by. Completely oblivious to the humans around them. Just walking through the marshes in Amboseli one step at a time
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It’s heartbreaking to know that even today EVERY 20 minutes one of these beautiful animals is slaughtered for trinkets. If we don’t prevent this massacre, they will only exist in picture books and memory. This World Elephant Day, lets make sure that doesn’t come to pass. Trunks up for Ellies everyone!”
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“This photo was one of the first ones I ever took (Poulomee says) I had barely settled into our digs for the night when this herd just walked by. Completely oblivious to the humans around them. Just walking through the marshes in Amboseli one step at a time . It’s heartbreaking to know that even today EVERY 20 minutes one of these beautiful animals is slaughtered for trinkets. If we don’t prevent this massacre, they will only exist in picture books and memory. This World Elephant Day, lets make sure that doesn’t come to pass. Trunks up for Ellies everyone!” . . by @poulomee_basu_photography Via : @fightforelephants ➥ Get Featured: #elephantsfan ➥ Don't forget to follow @elephants__fan for more ❤️❤️❤️

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The California Sea Lion. Was there ever a more elegant beast on land 😂 I have quite a few photos from just 2 days in Monterey. You’re going to get sick of them!

The California Sea Lion. Was there ever a more elegant beast on land 😂 I have quite a few photos from just 2 days in Monterey. You’re going to get sick of them!

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Two young Otter siblings caught my eye they seemed to be having some sort of conversation or arguement. The mom was near by trying to hunt for fish while still keeping an eye on the youngsters....there were 3 little ones that I could see before they all disappeared into the reeds. #ottersofinstagram #shareyourweather #otter #riverotter #animals_of_instagram #wildlifeontario #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_addicts #instagood

Two young Otter siblings caught my eye they seemed to be having some sort of conversation or arguement. The mom was near by trying to hunt for fish while still keeping an eye on the youngsters....there were 3 little ones that I could see before they all disappeared into the reeds. #ottersofinstagram #shareyourweather #otter #riverotter #animals_of_instagram #wildlifeontario #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_addicts #instagood

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Roe Deer Stag - I hope you all enjoyed the bear series from Finland, now back to some photos of native species from near my home in the U.K. This was a really special moment, after a frustrating evening of waiting I was about to make my way home when I heard some rustling in the hedges so I lay down flat and this stag came out. Upon hearing my camera shutter he continued walking towards me before veering off slowly into the field 🦌
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#deer #roedeer #canon_photos #wildlife_shots #wildlifeonearth #wildlife_lovers #wildlife_vision #wildlife_addicts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlife_seekers #naturelovers #nature_cuties #nature_wizards #nature_sultans #nature #naturephotography #youngnaturephotographers #canon #animallovers #animal_sultans #animalkingdom #animals_in_world #animalsofinstagram #oxfordshire #stag #ukwildlifeimages #britishwildlife #tamron

Roe Deer Stag - I hope you all enjoyed the bear series from Finland, now back to some photos of native species from near my home in the U.K. This was a really special moment, after a frustrating evening of waiting I was about to make my way home when I heard some rustling in the hedges so I lay down flat and this stag came out. Upon hearing my camera shutter he continued walking towards me before veering off slowly into the field 🦌 . . . #deer #roedeer #canon_photos #wildlife_shots #wildlifeonearth #wildlife_lovers #wildlife_vision #wildlife_addicts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlife_seekers #naturelovers #nature_cuties #nature_wizards #nature_sultans #nature #naturephotography #youngnaturephotographers #canon #animallovers #animal_sultans #animalkingdom #animals_in_world #animalsofinstagram #oxfordshire #stag #ukwildlifeimages #britishwildlife #tamron

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Kamchatka brown bear cub – Following on from yesterdays’ grouchy bear image I thought that I’d show you an image of a younger, more care free bear, this time a bear cub. This yearling, probably about 15 months old arrived at the estuary with his mother and his sibling and whilst his mother took up position at a favoured fishing spot this youngster took the opportunity for a bit of arboreal acrobatics. Climbing directly above his mother it allowed me the opportunity to shoot both of them at a narrow aperture of F4 yet still make sure that both mum and cub were in focus. Nevertheless, for this image I decided that I wanted to simply isolate the cub, not least because his mother was standing among some cluttered vegetation that was proving a little distracting. I’ve no idea what species of tree the cub is dining on but he certainly seemed to relish his minutes of comparative freedom, both from the protective limitations of his mother but also his boisterous sibling. As always with these youngsters the act of climbing up a tree is always easier and smoother going than the descent and so it proved with this little one. He didn’t so much clamber down as slide gracelessly backwards, trying and failing to get any purchase on the small branches which were proving too insubstantial to support his weight. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety @tatraphotography

Kamchatka brown bear cub – Following on from yesterdays’ grouchy bear image I thought that I’d show you an image of a younger, more care free bear, this time a bear cub. This yearling, probably about 15 months old arrived at the estuary with his mother and his sibling and whilst his mother took up position at a favoured fishing spot this youngster took the opportunity for a bit of arboreal acrobatics. Climbing directly above his mother it allowed me the opportunity to shoot both of them at a narrow aperture of F4 yet still make sure that both mum and cub were in focus. Nevertheless, for this image I decided that I wanted to simply isolate the cub, not least because his mother was standing among some cluttered vegetation that was proving a little distracting. I’ve no idea what species of tree the cub is dining on but he certainly seemed to relish his minutes of comparative freedom, both from the protective limitations of his mother but also his boisterous sibling. As always with these youngsters the act of climbing up a tree is always easier and smoother going than the descent and so it proved with this little one. He didn’t so much clamber down as slide gracelessly backwards, trying and failing to get any purchase on the small branches which were proving too insubstantial to support his weight. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety @tatraphotography

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An elephants foot generally measures 40-50 centimeters in length and width and has a circumference of about 1.34 meters.

Younger elephants have a more defined footprint than older elephants that might have smoother ridges and well-worn heals.

Elephants fall into a group called near-ungulates, which refers to the fact that they have toenails rather than hooves. They have four nails on their front feet and three nails on their back feet.

#elephant #elephantfoot #nature #animalsofinstagram #animals #mfuwe #crocvalley #crocvalleycamp #africa #wildlifephotography #wildlife_addicts #safari #safariholiday 📸@mark1ct

An elephants foot generally measures 40-50 centimeters in length and width and has a circumference of about 1.34 meters. Younger elephants have a more defined footprint than older elephants that might have smoother ridges and well-worn heals. Elephants fall into a group called near-ungulates, which refers to the fact that they have toenails rather than hooves. They have four nails on their front feet and three nails on their back feet. #elephant #elephantfoot #nature #animalsofinstagram #animals #mfuwe #crocvalley #crocvalleycamp #africa #wildlifephotography #wildlife_addicts #safari #safariholiday 📸@mark1ct

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@daily.elephant Via : @daily.elephant.lover ➥ Get Featured: #elephantloverclub ➥ Don't forget to follow @elephant_lover_club for more ❤️❤️❤️

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A Distant Thought
Imagine what goes through the mind of a young Great Blue Heron. This particular one was seemingly lost in thought for several minutes. No preening, no splashing, no fishing. Just thinking. 
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Nikon D3400 
AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g 
Handheld
300mm
f/6.3
1/800s
ISO 800

A Distant Thought Imagine what goes through the mind of a young Great Blue Heron. This particular one was seemingly lost in thought for several minutes. No preening, no splashing, no fishing. Just thinking. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Nikon D3400 AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-6.3g Handheld 300mm f/6.3 1/800s ISO 800

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When we work with communities we work hard to ensure that the younger generations are provided with as many education opportunities as possible...
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When we work with communities we work hard to ensure that the younger generations are provided with as many education opportunities as possible... . . . Via : @mahoutselephants ➥ Get Featured: #beatifulelephants ➥ Don't forget to follow @beautiful.elephants for more ❤️❤️❤️

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In amongst all the Brown Stinging Nettle jellyfish was one large Purple-striped Jellyfish. A spectacular creature!

In amongst all the Brown Stinging Nettle jellyfish was one large Purple-striped Jellyfish. A spectacular creature!

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Monterey Bay is full of Brown Stinging Nettle jellyfish at the moment. Not everyone likes these but I think they are hypnotic to watch

Monterey Bay is full of Brown Stinging Nettle jellyfish at the moment. Not everyone likes these but I think they are hypnotic to watch

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Kingfisher near Glasgow,Scotland

Kingfisher near Glasgow,Scotland

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Gotcha!

Bears have different fishing styles but this guy was like no other I’d watched before. He came barreling into the river where the pink salmon gathered dunking his head like he was bobbing for apples. He would catch a fish then try to get a second at the same time. As he would try to grab the second salmon the first fish would fall out of his mouth and he would try again. He even tried keeping one fish in his paw and the other in his mouth.

His strategy didn’t work out so well and he would retreat to the forest carrying one fish and a few minutes later he would be back in the river to begin this whole process again....

Gotcha! Bears have different fishing styles but this guy was like no other I’d watched before. He came barreling into the river where the pink salmon gathered dunking his head like he was bobbing for apples. He would catch a fish then try to get a second at the same time. As he would try to grab the second salmon the first fish would fall out of his mouth and he would try again. He even tried keeping one fish in his paw and the other in his mouth. His strategy didn’t work out so well and he would retreat to the forest carrying one fish and a few minutes later he would be back in the river to begin this whole process again....

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Kamchatka brown bear smiling – Whilst this might certainly look like an aggressive pose directed at us this bear was in fact just rotating his head around and pulling this face to lots of nearby bears. I simply fired off a burst of images as his head rotated past us though it’s worth noting that this is a sizeable crop, done simply because I think that this expression is interesting enough to warrant being seen close up. This bear probably was the largest bear at this location for the few days that we were there and so this might have been a display of dominance to warn other bears away from his preferred fishing spots but certain aspects about the rest of his behaviour suggest to me that it was not. Not least the fact that whilst doing this several other bears walked right past him, seemingly unconcerned about his toothy smile and nor did the rest of his body language suggest that he was in any way behaving aggressively. Interested I did actually Google this but my, to be honest cursory glance didn’t yield much and I lacked the time necessary to start trawling through countless bear behaviour research notes trying to unlock what this particular bear might have been thinking at the time. On the subject of cropping I’m not usually a bit fan of big crops as it feels to me that the integrity of the actual image captured at the time can be compromised but in these days of massive camera sensors the flexibility that they allow means that it would be foolish not to occasionally take advantage, if only so that we can enjoy at close quarters the toothy smile of a particularly large Kamchatka brown bear. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety

Kamchatka brown bear smiling – Whilst this might certainly look like an aggressive pose directed at us this bear was in fact just rotating his head around and pulling this face to lots of nearby bears. I simply fired off a burst of images as his head rotated past us though it’s worth noting that this is a sizeable crop, done simply because I think that this expression is interesting enough to warrant being seen close up. This bear probably was the largest bear at this location for the few days that we were there and so this might have been a display of dominance to warn other bears away from his preferred fishing spots but certain aspects about the rest of his behaviour suggest to me that it was not. Not least the fact that whilst doing this several other bears walked right past him, seemingly unconcerned about his toothy smile and nor did the rest of his body language suggest that he was in any way behaving aggressively. Interested I did actually Google this but my, to be honest cursory glance didn’t yield much and I lacked the time necessary to start trawling through countless bear behaviour research notes trying to unlock what this particular bear might have been thinking at the time. On the subject of cropping I’m not usually a bit fan of big crops as it feels to me that the integrity of the actual image captured at the time can be compromised but in these days of massive camera sensors the flexibility that they allow means that it would be foolish not to occasionally take advantage, if only so that we can enjoy at close quarters the toothy smile of a particularly large Kamchatka brown bear. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety

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An enormous herd of gentle giants on their way to the waterhole. Another of our favourite sightings! Happy #worldelephantday 🐘 #wildlifeconservation #saynotoivory

An enormous herd of gentle giants on their way to the waterhole. Another of our favourite sightings! Happy #worldelephantday 🐘 #wildlifeconservation #saynotoivory

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Today is #worldelephantday so while enjoying the beautiful pictures that people are sharing remember that these wonderful beings need our help. Needing our help means they just need us to leave them alone! Don’t buy any elephant products and keep away from places that put on performances with these gentle, intelligent creatures. 💚🐘💚

Today is #worldelephantday so while enjoying the beautiful pictures that people are sharing remember that these wonderful beings need our help. Needing our help means they just need us to leave them alone! Don’t buy any elephant products and keep away from places that put on performances with these gentle, intelligent creatures. 💚🐘💚

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