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Hans Sinke
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I always thought that the Red Fox was the largest predator in the Netherlands. But actually it's the European badger...

Red foxes tend to be solitary, usually hunting alone. They can be active at any time of day, but appear to hunt most often during dawn and dusk. It is not unusual to observe foxes during daytime. They remain active all year and do not hibernate.

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Small, smaller, smallest...

The Goldcrest is the smallest bird in Europe. It's only half the weight of a blue tit and it's egg only weights about 1 gram!

The five smallest bids in the world (length / weight):
1) The Bee hummingbird (5-6 cm / 1,6-1,8 gram)
2) The Weebill (8-9 cm / 6 gram)
3) The Pardolates (9-11 cm / 8-11 gram)
4) The Golden Headed Cisticole (10 cm / 10 gram)
5) The Goldcrest (8,5-9,5 cm / 5-7 gram)

The song of the Goldcrest actually looks most like the squeak of a mouse. Very high tones that sound like "see-see-see". The tones are so high that older people sometimes can't hear them. You can find more photos on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

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Big, bigger biggest...

The male Kori Bustard is the heaviest bird that can fly! It can weigh up to 18 kg. Of course the Ostrich is heavier (max 156 kg) but it can't fly...

The four biggest flying birds in the world (length / weight / wingspan):
- Kori Bustard (150cm / 18kg / 275cm)
- Dalmatian Pelican (183cm / 15kg / 345cm)
- Trumpeter Swan (180cm / 12,7kg / 250cm)
- Andean Condor (130cm / 15kg / 320cm)

The photo actually shows a female Kori Bustard which is much smaller... You can find more photos (also a male Kori Bustard) on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

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The status of the African White-backed Vulture was changed from "endangered" to "Critically Endangered" in oktober 2015.

Some facts about these beautiful birds:
- They are very sociable and feed in very large groups numbering in the hundreds.
- Vultures cannot fly well at all. Were it not for thermal currents, they wouldn’t be able to stay airborne for long. They are just too heavy.
- A vulture can eat up to one kg of meat in a sitting (that is 10% of their bodyweight !)

You can find photos of five Vulture species on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

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The Olive Baboon is one of five species of baboon in Africa. In our encyclopedia there are also photos of the Yellow Baboon.

Grooming is absoluut their favourite activity. It’s good for bonding as well as keeping each other clean. Baboons talk with a range of around thirty sounds such as screams, grunts and barks.

Baboons are definitely creatures of habit. A typical “baboon-day”:
- Rise at 8 am
- Grooming
- Walking / Looking for food for a few miles.
- Siesta
- Walking / Looking for food for a few miles.
- Grooming
- Settle down for the night in tall trees of on cliff faces.

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The Sudan Oribi is the smallest true grazer amongst the antelope. Thankfully you can see them in relatively great numbers in National Park Murchison Falls in Uganda.

Some facts about the Oribi:
- Males use glands near the eyes to mark their territories.
- Oribi hides from the predators in the tall grass. When predators approach close enough, the Oribi suddenly jumps out of its hiding place and tries to escape in a series of vertical leaps. This unusual jumping technique (with arched back and stiff legs) is known as "stotting".
- Family members communicate with a soft whistling sound, and express alarm with a loud whistle.

More Oribi photos available on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

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This is a Leucistic Malachite Kingfisher. The normal Malachite Kingfisher is a very colorful bird.

There are three abnormal conditions which occur relatively frequently in wildlife:

- Albinism: "Congenital absence of any pigmentation or coloration in a person, animal or plant, resulting in white hair and pink eyes in mammals."
- Melanism: "The development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism."
- Leucism: "The condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes."

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The Patas Monkey is one of the three african primates species spending most of the day on the ground instead of the trees. The others are Baboons and Vervet monkeys. At night they sleep in the most inaccessible tree they can find.

It’s the worlds fastest primate: they can run (on the ground) at speeds up to 55 km per hour. They always walk on their fingers and never on their palms.

And a funny fact: Patas Monkeys can hold as much food in their cheeks as they can in their stomachs!

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An older White Rhinoceros mother is looking at us but actually shows little interest. It’s too hot to go for a drink yet so sleeping is the best option for her and her daughters.

The real origin of the name isn’t 100% certain but the most common belief is that it’s a mistranslation from Dutch to English. The Dutch called the mouth “wijd” (meaning: wide) but this was misinterpreted as “white”….

Some differences between Black and White Rhinos:
- Whites have a very broad flat mouth with aids in feeding off large quantities of grass. Blacks have a rather small hooked shaped mouth for feeding on trees and shrubs.
- Whites are larger (max 2500kg) than Blacks (max 1000 kg)
- Whites are much more relaxed than the short tempered Blacks
- And … they have the SAME color!

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In February we went to Uganda to photograph (among a lot of other beautiful wildlife) a very prehistoric bird: The Shoebill.

Although the total worldwide population of this endangered species is estimated between 5000 and 8000 birds we were lucky enough to see five of them.

Some facts about the Shoebill:
- The beak can reach up to 24cm in length en 20cm in width.
- They are around 1.5m in height.
- Despite weighing as much as 6 kg, the birds can often be found perched on floating vegetation, from where they do their fishing.
- They prefer poorly oxygenated water because it forces the fish to surface for air.
- The spike on the end of their beak is used for puncturing the fish’s body. And the edge of the bill is sharp enough to cut the fish in half.

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