Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - barn owl chick, Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland- on our rounds today we found this little guy had fallen out of one of the nest boxes, he’s now back with his 5 siblings. I’ll be watching them grow and then fledge over coming weeks. You can just see the characteristic heart shaped face, and the flight feathers underneath the fluffy down which helps them keep warm, and therefore allows the female to leave the nest and help the male with hunting duties. The barn owl is nocturnal over most of its range, but in Britain and some Pacific islands, it also hunts by day. Barn owls specialise in hunting animals on the ground and nearly all of their food consists of small mammals which they locate by sound. They mate for life unless one of the pair is killed, when a new pair bond may be formed. Breeding takes place at varying times of year according to locality, with a clutch, averaging about four eggs, being laid in a nest in a hollow tree, old building or fissure in a cliff. Most bird species don’t start to incubate their eggs until the clutch is complete, so the eggs hatch at more or less the same time. But Barn Owls begin incubation as soon as the first egg is laid and lay additional eggs over a period of around 8-21 days. After 31-32 days’ incubation, the eggs hatch every 2-3 days, usually in the order they were laid. This is termed “asynchronous” hatching. The age difference between the oldest and youngest nestlings can be as much as three weeks. This age variation serves to reduce the peak in food demand and spread it over a longer period. The female does all the incubation and the male provides all the food until the young are around 3 weeks old which is roughly the age of this owlet. Barn owls do not strictly speaking build a nest but rather lay their eggs onto the previous years nest debris, a compacted layer of owl pellets, having nest boxes distributed around the Estate always the owls to return the same site and the estate is therefore more easily able to monitor the health of populations - To see more from this wild and wonderful landscape follow me here @chancellordavid @thephotosociety
Photo by @ciriljazbec / Freeze-dried laundry hangs from a line in the village of Nuugaatsiaq, home to about 60 people, who support themselves mostly by hunting and fishing. Half the houses stand empty: Greenland’s small villages are slowly dying as people abandon the old ways for new opportunities in larger towns to the south. / Deeply honoured to win the 2018 Visura Grant on Climate Change. It is a dream come true having a first solo exhibition in NYC at the United Photo Industries Gallery this June. Welcome to see the exhibition until 29th June and also join me at the artist talk on 19th June. Follow more about this work and the exhibition @ciriljazbec
Image by @beverlyjoubert. Liquid eyes staring patiently from a bush, waiting for the pride to come back from a hunt. Little cubs are full of energy and want desperately to play, but they know that without the protection of the adults, they cannot stray on their own. They learn discipline from a very young age. #littlebigcats #lioncub #bigeyes
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Matt Redd rounding up cattle in some of the most dramatic light I’ve ever seen, on the Dugout Ranch in Indian Creek, Utah (now owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy). On assignment covering the reduction of #BearsEarsNationalMonument and Escalante National Monument for Nat Geo magazine. Follow @argonautphoto for more images from this heated battle over our Public lands.
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Mingsha Shan - the Singing Sand Dunes of Dunhuang - 700 years ago Marco Polo described the sound of the wind blowing over this mountain of sand as sounding like singing. The name stuck. Here tourists climb the dunes in bright, orange boots making them more visible & keeping the sand out of their shoes, at sunset. #silkroad #mingshashan #Dunhuang #Gansu #sanddunes #China
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio Channelling Wes Anderson somewhere on the Furka Pass in southern Switzerland... The Hotel Belvédère, once an idyllic spot for travellers wanting to explore the nearby Rhône Glacier. The 11,000 year old glacier is receding at a rate of approximately 130 feet a year, and as the glacier melts away from the pass, fewer people visit. The hotel is now closed indefinitely. Passers-by still stop to take pictures of the building and its mountainous backdrop, yet the building now stands with its doors and windows boarded-up, a testament to the passage of time and the impact of climate change. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #accidentalwesanderson #grandhotelbudapest #projectpressure #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #glacier #Switzerland #glacialmelt #climatechange #change #glaciers #lensculture#hotelbelvedere #abandonedhotel #rhoneglacier #globalwarming #greenpeace @projectpressure #savetheplanet
Photograph by @simoncroberts. Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bhutan’s fourth Druk Gyalpo, or Dragon King, is an avid cyclist who can often be found pedalling the steep foothills that ring the capital city, Thimphu. All Bhutanese know about the king’s passion for cycling, to which he has increasingly devoted his spare time since December 2006, when he relinquished the crown to his eldest son. This photograph was taken during the ‘Tour of the Dragon’ road race in 2014. It is a 268km cycle that stretches from Bumthang, in central Bhutan, to Thimphu on the country’s western border. It is a spectacular, albeit gruelling, journey, following a route through unspoiled forests and fields, over rolling river valleys and past mountainside farms, touching just a few tiny villages along the way. Cyclists must tackle four mountain passes that range in height from just under 4,000 to nearly 11,000 feet; in places the road grade reaches 5 percent and the straight uphill climbs stretch on for nearly 40km. The 9th Tour takes place on 1 September 2018. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #bhutan #cyclinginbhutan #tourofthedragon
Video by @bertiegregory | A king penguin chick wrapped up warm in its unbelievably fluffy coat on St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island. King penguin chicks take over a year to fledge so they must be capable of surviving the brutal Antarctic winter. Whilst this fluffy brown coat keeps them warm, they possess another key adaptation. During particularly bad years, winter food is so scarce that adults are forced to stay out at sea hunting for months on end. As a result, the chicks possess the ability to go without food for over 5 months! Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife.
Photo by @williamalbertallard // Paris, France, 2013 // A woman descending the steps of the dinner cruise boat "Le Calife," paused to gaze out at the golden shape of the Eiffel Tower on a rainy night on the Seine. I saw her and quickly made several exposures as she stepped down among the myriad of shapes that encompassed her figure. The geometric graphics of the image are striking and I felt quite fortunate in making it. It was one successful image out of several failures because, of course, the boat is moving, the person is moving, and moment is fleeting. To take on perhaps the most iconic of Parisian subjects and come up with something well beyond a cliche is difficult to do. It was used as the lead picture in my essay on central Paris published in @natgeo magazine in May, 2014. When the layout for the story was completed, editor-in-chief Chris Johns told me, "That lead picture is a killer." I had to agree. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of Paris and other assignments spanning five decades. @thephotosociety #paris #france #eiffeltower #seine