Christian Wappl

Wink

Wink

A giant land crab (Cardisoma carnifex) uses its third maxilliped to clean its eye in a rapid motion. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 90D Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Location: Tikehau, French Polynesia Date: Mar 2016 Focal Length: 15 Exposure: 1/320 Aperture: f/8 ISO: 800  

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Hidey-Hole

Hidey-Hole

A day octopus (Octopus cyanea) curiously peeks out of its shelter in a slowly dying coral reef. Although it can frequently be seen during the day, the main activity phases of this species are dusk and dawn. Most other octopus species are nocturnal. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal-Fisheye Location: Tahiti, French […]

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Mismatch

Mismatch

A male European green toad (Bufotes viridis) attempts to mate with a female common toad (Bufo bufo). These two species are known to occasionally produce hybrids, but usually differences in timing and habitat preference prevent this constellation from occurring. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal-Fisheye Location: Vienna, […]

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Sacred Icon

Sacred Icon

This great frigatebird (Fregata minor) is still a juvenile,  but already a veritable master of the sky. Frigatebirds can stay aloft for months at a time and soar in heights of up to 4 kilometers. Ancient Polynesians venerated these birds for their aerial skills, but also used them as carrier pigeons between islands due to […]

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On Patrol

On Patrol

A blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) patrols the shallows in the lagoon of Tikehau. Once numerous throughout French Polynesia, large populations of this species are now mostly confined to the lagoons of less inhabited atolls such as Tikehau.   Image details Camera: Hasselblad L1D-20c on DJI Mavic 2 Pro Lens: 28.0mm f/2.8 Location: Tikehau, French […]

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Southclaw

Southclaw

A Caribbean hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus) seals the entrance to its shell with its oversized left claw. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Location: Carriacou, Grenada Date: December 2018 Focal Length: 100 Exposure: 1/200 Aperture: f/18 ISO: 1250

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On Barren Ground

On Barren Ground

The growth of this Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis) is severely stunted by the barren lava it is growing on. Under more favourable conditions, the species can grow into a sizeable tree.   Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Location: La Palma, Canary Islands Date: November 2018 […]

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Armoured Giant

Armoured Giant

A juvenile Sierra Negra Giant-Tortoise (Chelonoidis guntheri) cautiously peeks out of its shell. This captive-bred individual was released years ago in an effort to repopulate the area surrounding the town of Puerto Villamil with giant tortoises. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5DS Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Location: Puerto Villamil, Galápagos Islands Date: Mai 2017 […]

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Bizarre Beak

Bizarre Beak

Herons‘ bills are shaped by the need to catch small, quickly-moving prey. Usually, this results in a typical spear-shaped bill. The boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), a nocturnal denizen of neotropical mangrove forests, is the exception. Its broad bill is unique among herons and used to scoop up small fish and shrimp. Image details Camera: Canon […]

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Tiny House

Tiny House

Hermit crabs (with the notable exception of the robber crab) inhabit empty mollusk shells to protect their soft bodies. When in danger, they retreat into these shells. This strawberry hermit crab (Coenobita perlatus) had not upgraded its home after growing. As a result, the shell had become almost comically small and the feisty crustacean could […]

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