Colombian Black Spider Monkey – Zoo Photography

Many people out there dislike zoos. Animals are trapped in small cages, exposed to loud masses of people and doomed for a life in prison. Who wouldn’t understand that position? I personally like a good zoo with a plan for keeping endangered animals alive and in a best case breeding to restock natural populations. Not to forget the educational effect a zoo has. Looking at an elephant or a giraffe in a book or the internet is one thing, but who does not remember the jaw dropping moment of seeing his first Loxodonta africana in real life. Size matters.

Ateles fusciceps ssp. rufiventris as the latin name goes, is a critically endangered. This subspecies to the black-headed spider monkey has experiences an 80% population decline in the last 45 years, suffering from deforestation and hunting. It is native to north-western Colombia and eastern Panama.

During a recent visit to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park I spotted this Black Colombian Spider Monkey on 500px sitting in his enclosure, looking rather disillusioned. An looking how his kind fares in the wild, we can feel with him.

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) in his enclosure at Birmingham Zoo

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris)

When doing zoo photography, I like to show the zoo environment more than hiding it.

Photo published in Viajes National Geographic June 2015 issue

Some exciting news: National Geographic has published one of my photos in Viajes National Geographic – the Spanish travel edition of NG. It has printed a picture of a critically endangered Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, which can be found on page 98 of the current Viajes National Geographic June 2015 issue #183.

The original photo can also be found on 500px – La Veuve by Christian Hauzar.

Female Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Tersiphone corvina) perched on branch

Female Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Tersiphone corvina) perched on branch

Details of the shot:
Camera Olympus E-5
Zuiko 50-200 mm lens with x2 teleconverter
Shutter Speed 1/125 s
Aperture f/7
ISO/Film 800

White Stork video – Büttelborn Germany

White storks (Ciconia ciconia) were a common sight in Germany a few generations ago. In the last decades the white stork has made a come back in Germany. Now you can find over 4,500 breeding pairs in the country. More common in the north there are some hotspots in the Rhine river area. The video below was shot near Darmstadt where white storks can find a great feeding ground on urban fields.
For more information about white storks see wikipedia


Seychelles Warbler Photo featured in news article

Sometimes photos make their way into the media without me knowing about it.

After my visit to the Seychelles I made one of the lesser quality photos of an endangered Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) available on Wikipedia commons as I had noticed that this was missing on the German site. Hajira Amla from the Seychelles News Agency  has now used the picture in her December article – Seychelles among five small island nations declared world leaders in conserving threatened species

Seychelles-Warbler - Acrocephalus sechellensis

Seychelles-Warbler – Acrocephalus sechellensis

Always happy to contribute in educating and saving endangered species.

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla photo receives 500px Editors Choice

Three years after visiting the Nkuringo mountain gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda, one of the pictures was selected by 500px editors for their Editor’s Choice collection. Located in the animals section, this picture of Karibu – a male Bwindi Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) blackback – is surrounded by works of the best photographers around.

500px editors choice - Bwindi Mountain Gorilla

500px editors choice – Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Find the picture here on 500px: Eye Contact – Mountain Gorilla on 500px

Details of the handheld shot without flash:

So far the picture has now been viewed 9623 times with 700 likes and 421 faves although receiving almost no notice when originally posted.

If you want to know more about the Nkuringo group in Bwindi visit the Bwindi National Park website.