Christian Wappl

Pint-sized Fighters

Pint-sized Fighters

  In the highlands of Costa Rica, two fiery-throated hummingbirds (Panterpe insignis) fight for a vantage point. Thanks to man-made feeding stations, these tiny birds have a constant supply of food and spend much of their time squabbling over the best perches.   Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: Canon EF 300mm […]

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El Drago

El Drago

An ancient dragon tree (Dracaena draco) on the island of La Palma, framed against the bright afternoon sky. These impressive, tree-like relatives of the asparagus are named for the blood-red sap they secrete when wounded.   Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Location: La Palma, Canary […]

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Ancestor

Ancestor

Originating from the jungles of Southeast Asia, the red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is the ancestor of our domestic chicken. Thousands of years ago, the Polynesians took domesticated (but still wild-looking) chickens with them on their travels. Some of them escaped, their descendants eventually hybridising with chickens brought by European settlers. Many of the red junglefowl […]

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Empress

Empress

  An Empress cicada (Megapomponia imperatoria) – largest of the cicadas – perches on a tree trunk in the Malaysian montane rainforest. I encountered this individual on the wall of a restaurant in the town of Bukit Fraser. I returned the cicada to its rainforest home and took this photo shortly before it launched itself […]

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Fluffy

Fluffy

  The white tern (Gygis alba) is the only tree-nesting seabird to not build a nest. Instead, the egg is simply laid in a fork or depression on a tree branch. After hatching, the chick will continue to stay in this location, where it is regularly fed by its parents. Image details Camera: Canon EOS […]

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven

  A common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) prepares for sleep on the tip of a plant stem. Here, he will be safe from the predators that emerge once the sun has set.   Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Location: Cres, Croatia Date: Jun 2019 Focal Length: […]

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Feeding Time

Feeding Time

A male small tree finch (Camarhynchus parvulus) feeds his chicks in the highlands of the Galápagos Islands. In males of this species, head and throat progressively turn darker with each passing year. The fully black head and throat indicate that this individual is at least five years old. Photo taken during a scientific study on […]

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Sleepy Owl

Sleepy Owl

Don’t let the sleepy expression on this Galápagos short-eared owl’s (Asio flammeus galapagoensis)  face fool you: if prey appears, it will be ready to strike in an instant. Image details Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4,5-5,6G VR Location: Los Gemelos , Galápagos Islands Date: Feb 2014 Focal Length: 300mm Exposure: 1/250 Aperture: […]

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Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem

Sally lightfoot crabs (Grapsus grapsus) are extremely common along the coasts of the Galápagos Islands. Unlike most other animals on the islands, they are wary of human presence. I took this photo when I finally found an individual that was more relaxed and preferred to stay in its crevice instead of running away. Image details […]

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Trimeresurus

Trimeresurus

A Siamese Peninsula pitviper (Trimeresurus sabahi fucatus) lies in wait beside a rainforest trail in Malaysia.   Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5DS Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Location: Bukit Fraser, Malaysia Date: Jul 2017 Focal Length: 100mm Exposure: 1/200 Aperture: f/3.2 ISO: 2000

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