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About this collection
Like the subtitle of this collection says: It contains natural photos of the world’s fascinating wildlife. With each photo i give some (sometimes really remarkable) information about the species. But take in mind that i’m not an professional biologist. The information is collected from a variety of internet sites. Some really scientific, some just for fun. So if you see any errors please report them to me!

The photos (and related ones) are always available on our personal encyclopedia website: http://photos.hans-sinke.nl/encyclopedia

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All remarks are welcome (it doesn’t have to be positive). But they must have something to do with the subject! I understand different languages (Dutch, English, German, French) but i use the translate function for the other languages. If i don’t understand the comment I delete it. If you posted something and i have deleted it, you now know why. In that case try it again in English!

About wildlife
It’s really the most amazing and beautiful thing we have on this world, let’s try to protect it together!

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Did you know that there are over 250 species of bumblebee? This is the Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

Few facts about bumblebees:
- Only females can sting (repeatedly). Don't worry, they won't!
- The colonies are smaller than those of bees (few hundred in a nest).
- They have long hairy tongues.
- Bumblebees do not have ears, we don't know whether they can hear.
- After mating, male bumblebees die.

This photo is taken with a 200-500mm lens! So it's not a perfect macro.

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There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the mountain zebra and the Grévy's zebra. The latter resembles a mule, while the former two are more horse-like.

The Grévy's zebra is the largest and also the most threatened of the three species. How to recognize them? Just look at:
- Ears: Large and round
- Belly and the base of the tail: No black stripes

Very soon, you can find more photos on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF (still sorting the photos taken during our last safari in Kenya)

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The African Jacana is a beautiful bird. It's funny to see them walk on floating vegetation, especially lily pads. Take a look at those huge, grey feet and claws!

Being polyandrous they almost completely reversed the sexual role:
Female - Is bigger then the male, hold territories against other females and chooses a few males...
Male - builds the nest, breeds, doesn't feed the chicks but he points out food to very young chicks, he can even carry the chicks or eggs under his wings to protect them or to bring them to a new nest-site!

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During my ski trip to Canada there weren't really moments for wildlife photography. But this fellow demanded i took his picture!

The Clark's Nutcracker isn't an exceptional sight in the Rocky Mountains but for me it was a "new" species. They have a sublingual pouch capable of holding around 50–150 seeds that are stored in the ground for the later use. Each bird is able to collect and store up to 98.000 seed per year.

Clark's nutcracker has excellent memory. It can find almost all hidden seed 6 to 9 months from the moment of storing!

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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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