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Little Bee-Eater - Chobe River, Botswana Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.
Collecting pollen in the hedge.
Monitor Lizards, which are found in Africa, Asia and Oceania are almost entirely carnivorous, eating everything from insects to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
This baby Black Rhino was photographed in a private reserve in Zimbabwe. According to the WWF... Populations of black rhino declined dramatically in the 20th century at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, black rhino numbers dropped by a sobering 98%, to less than 2,500. Since then, the species has made a tremendous comeback from the brink of extinction. Thanks to persistent conservation efforts across Africa, black rhino numbers have doubled from their historic low 20 years ago to between 5,042 and 5,455 today. However, the black rhino is still considered critically endangered, and a lot of work remains to bring the numbers up to even a fraction of what it once was—and to ensure that it stays there. Wildlife crime—in this case, poaching and black-market trafficking of rhino horn—continues to plague the species and threaten its recovery.
“A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." - ― Agatha Christie A mother Vervet Monkey holds her nursing child in Kruger National Park, South Africa
The King of the Mountain surveying the scene high above Clearfield County PA yesterday morning.
A pair of nice bulls in Clearfield County PA yesterday morning.
According to @ccfcheetah website www.cheetah.org... The Cheetah’s unique body structure, long legs flexible spine, semi-retractable claws, and long tail allow it to achieve the unbelievable top speed of 110 km/hr. The body is narrow and lightweight with long slender limbs. Specialized muscles allow for a greater swing to the limbs increasing acceleration. This cheetah, named Dominic, lives at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. He was rescued when he was only three days old and was hand raised by Dr. Laurie Marker and her cheetah handlers. Because he lost his mother at such a young age he will not be able to be released back into the wild. For thousands of years, the ancient world’s rich and royal kept cheetahs in captivity. The pharaohs of Ancient Egypt kept cheetahs as close companions. Italian nobles, Russian princes, and Indian royalty used cheetahs for hunting and as a status symbol for their wealth and nobility. Because cheetahs do not breed well in captivity, they had to be caught from the wild to support this exorbitant demand, which wreaked havoc on cheetah populations, especially in Asia, and is likely the leading reason that the Asiatic cheetah is extinct throughout the majority of Asia. Today, there is still a high demand for cheetahs as pets. To supply this demand, cheetahs have to be illegally captured from the wild and then smuggled to the different parts of the world they are desired. Out of all the cheetah cubs smuggled, only one of in six survives the journey, therefore requiring even more cubs be captured from the wild to meet the demand. The illegal trade in cheetahs is therefore a significant contributor to the cheetah’s population decline and endangerment.
Goodbye Phi Phi Islands🌞
Tatsulok! #ABventurer
Spent the morning in Clearfield County PA searching out some elk with the long lens. Here's one of the nicer bulls I got close to. 400 mm lens at maybe 60 yards.
I've travelled the World for many years searching for what I have been told is an exercise in futility but finally I caught on camera the Beautiful UNICORN. A little fatter than I expected and not brilliant white, but now my search has been rewarded.
Ayer 11 de Diciembre fue el Dia Internacional de las Montañas. Nosotros hoy lo hemos celebrado dando un bonito paseo por las montañas del Pirineo. . 11th December Happy International Mountain Day!! . 📷 Maravillosas vistas al Valle de Ustou (Ariège). Midi-Pyrenees.
Ayer 11 de Diciembre fue el Dia Internacional de las Montañas. Nosotros hoy lo hemos celebrado dando un bonito paseo por las montañas del Pirineo. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 11th December Happy International Mountain Day!! . 📷 Llegando a la Cabane de Marterat (2140m), Pirineo francés.
An unlikely friendship... The Slender Mongoose, found in Southern Africa, eats insects, small rodents and yes lizards. So why is this Skink, a member of the lizard family, just casually hanging out with these mongoose? More strangely, why is the mongoose not concerned with their new housemate?
I have the best girlies and my close guy friends have become the big brothers I never had. They do rock and I am quite lucky and I’m sure they get annoyed by me sometimes but there’s so much sibling love that it’s ok. Sometimes in life friends become the family we choose, no judgment and just love. I find with friendship it is not a question of how long you’ve known them or where they are, it is like clicking and then you are stuck with each other in the best way for life.
Monkey beach🐒
4 Tips to Keep the Weight Off For Good Many people think their work is done once they reach their goal weight. However, maintaining weight is often a challenge in and of itself. In fact, many people who lose weight end up gaining it back — and then some. Follow these four expert tips to avoid regaining the weight: 1) ADD FOOD BACK SLOWLY One common mistake people make when they reach their goal weight is to start reintroducing all the foods they weren’t eating during their weight-loss phase. Eventually, people fall back into their old eating habits, and the scale creeps back up. To avoid weight regain, it’s really important to reintroduce food slowly, says Jeannie Paris, a registered dietitian with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing’s LiveWell Fitness Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Adding a little bit at a time helps you figure out how much you need to eat — balanced with your exercise program — to maintain weight. Paris recommends starting out by adding 150 calories back into your daily diet and seeing how your body reacts after a couple of weeks. If you find your weight start to go back up, it’ll be easier to readjust your daily calories if you’re only working with a small amount. If your weight goes down or your activity level increases, you can play around with adding in a little more food. What you don’t want to do is fall back into the bad eating habits you worked so hard to overcome. “Don’t add those calories back from sweets or sugar sources,” Paris says. Try to stick to whole-food sources whenever possible and focus on making gradual increases. This could mean increasing your portion of whole grains or adding avocados or other healthy fat. MORE:  https://bak2bay6.com/blogs/news/4-tips-to-keep-the-weight-off-for-good
Zebra - Kruger National Park, South Africa According to the San Diego Zoo... Zebras are equids, members of the horse family. They have excellent hearing and eyesight and can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. They also have a powerful kick that can cause serious injury to a predator, like a lion, a hyena, or an African wild dog. Usually the lead male of the herd, called a stallion, sounds the alarm if danger is spotted and stays at the back of the group to defend against predators if necessary, while the mares and foals run away.
Needing to get away again...
Creasted Barbet - Kruger National Park, South Africa This bird is very common in Southern Africa. Looking like a mix of several different birds it is unmistakable.
Bodies of water make me extremely happy and if I can be inside of them, there is nothing else I need. Personally I relate to water; with waterfalls I love how they are powerful but there’s parts that are quite easy going. I tend to be most of the time an easy going person, although If someone attacks my loved ones I become very protective and not as easy going as usual. It might not be the best way but it is part of myself and it’s ok, I’m human as we all are with the good, the bad, and the ugly though I’m lucky to have the best loved ones that I could ask for. I could really say there is love around me and I’m lucky and you just have to remember to share that love :)
Ascending the Dutchman's Run gorge in the McIntyre Wild Area this past Sunday morning. Lycoming County PA.
2018 has been amazing, crazy and hectic! There have been so many moments of joy, laughter, love and beautiful memories made with amazing friends, colleagues and family. There have also been some tough times this year, where I should have stood firm in my beliefs, but failed and caved in under pressure. There have been times when I hurt the people I work with, my family, friends and myself. 2018 has been a year of growth, somedays by inches and other days by being necessarily pruned back. There are days I would love to do again, to change a choice I made and days that I want to do over so they never end! 2018 has been a year of growth and I cannot wait for 2019 to continue to grow, but for the moment a peaceful sunset at Byron Bay is perfect for my soul. #2018 #byronbay #visitbyron #visitbyronbay #travel #travelphotography #shotoniphone #sharetodaysadventure #beach #australia #visitaustralia
One of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen was when I was in Botswana. An elephant had died from old age and over the course of a month dozens of animals were feeding on the carcass. The circle of life can seem unfair at times, but it is just evidence that there is a purpose to everything in this world. When one life ends another life begins. These crocodiles rely on this much needed meat to survive. Thus completes the circle of life.
Closin’ down the bar. . .📸: @kristin.mck
The African fish eagle - Chobe River, Botswana The African fish eagle, or to distinguish it from the true fish eagles, the African sea eagle, is a large species of eagle found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply occur. It is the national bird of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Sudan.
I loved this place and it was an adventure to get there and get back home and I loved every minute of it. I loved being surrounded by water it was just bliss and the roads I find is like in life it might take you to different places and it might be hard at times but if you trust yourself and let it be it will lead you to the space you are meant to tho you have to leave the comfort zone and just go for it. Dare to be the most you that you can be and share your love.
Another frosty scene from Dutchman's Run yesterday morning in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County PA. Evidence of coal mining from long ago is present throughout this gorge, like the piece of railroad track jutting out in the foreground of this scene.
The Peacock tries to attract a mate.
Selfie on Dutchman's Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County PA this morning with my frequent hiking partner Steve. Rugged little hike this gorge is, but some great ice formations to be seen, in addition to numerous waterfalls.
Funghi on the rainforest floor.
Evans Head from the lookout.
On my 7th and final trip in the last 9 weeks but it’s all work and no play, so here’s a #tbt from a pretty Fall day in Vermont a few weeks back. 🍁🍂 . . . . . . . . . #travel #traveler #traveling #travelgram #vacation #wanderlust #seetheworld #awesomeearth #beautifuldestinations #travelingthroughtheworld #travelphotography #hello_worldpics #instatravel #earthfocus #sharetodaysadventure #lpfanphoto #vermont #coveredbridge #autumn #leaves
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