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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!

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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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The Chinese white-eye isn't a special bird, but for me it is because I saw it during my short trip to Macau and Hong Kong. During this short trip I managed to photograph 10 new bird species (for me) and a Red-eared Slider.

There are 136 white-eye species. And be careful, not all of them have a white eye....

More photos available on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF (also all the other photos i've taken in Macau and Hong Kong).

#HansSinke #Birds #Hongkong #white-eye #brilvogel

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A young male Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita) in Ruaha National Park Tanzania. A good gauge of a male lion’s age is the darkness of his mane. The darker the mane, the older the lion.

In 2017 the Cat Classification Task Force reduced the number of valid lion subspecies to two: the Northern Lion & the Southern Lion.

Funny fact: When lions breed with tigers the resulting hybrids are known as ligers and tigons. There are also lion and leopard hybrids known as leopons and lion and jaguar hybrids known as jaglions.

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

#HansSinke #Mammals #Tanzania #Lion #Leeuw

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The Giant Kingfisher is, as the name suggests, a really large Kingfisher. It's between 40 and 46 cm long.The largest is the laughing kookaburra (Australia).

Some interesting facts about Kingfishers:
- All kingfishers have excellent vision and can see into the water – even adjusting for refraction, which can make a fish look closer to the surface than it really is.
- Kingfishers don’t build nests of sticks or plants. Instead, they nest in burrows that they dig into dirt banks, tree cavities, or old termite mounds.
- The dagger-shaped bill often seems too long or too big for the rest of the bird, but it is well designed for capturing food.

More Kingfisher photos (10 species!) available on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

#HansSinke #Birds #Kenia #Kingfisher #Giantkingfisher #Ijsvogel

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The Black-backed Jackal is my favourite jackal of the three species. Probably because it was the first one we saw in 2013?

Some interesting facts:
- From the three species of jackal, side-striped jackal is the least aggressive while the most aggressive one is this black-backed jackal.
- Fossil deposits have revealed that the black-backed jackal is one of the oldest known dog species. It has remained pretty much unchanged since the Pleistocene epoch, up to 2.5 million years ago.

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

#HansSinke #Mammals #Tanzania #Jackal #Jakhals

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This is a Leopard Tortoise. Most people call it a Leopard Turtle but that's wrong. Turtles live in the water and tortoises dwell on land!

Some interesting facts:
- The Leopard tortoise is the only member of the family that can raise its head, and thus is the only member that can swim.
- The sex of a tortoise hatchling is determined by the temperature at which the egg is incubated. Eggs incubated between a temperature range of 26-31°C will be male, and 31-34°C will be female!
- The leopard tortoise is a member of the famous "Small Five". Do you know them all?

More Leopard Tortoise photos available on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

#HansSinke #Reptiles #Kenya #Leopardtortoise #Panterschildpad

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A photograph of a big male Leopard probably wasn't the first you expected after The Great Grevy's Rally but this guy simply earns the exposure.

Some interesting facts:
- The lifespan of a leopard is between 12 and 17 years in the wild.
- They are pound for pound the strongest of the big cats.This means if all the big cats where the same size and weight, the leopard would be the strongest.
- The head-and-body length is typically between 90 and 190 cm.

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

#HansSinke #Mammals #Kenya #Leopard #Luipaard

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This year we are going to join The Great Grevy's Rally in Kenya! We are so pleased to be part of this very important contribution to the preservation of an endangered species. Of course I will post some beautiful photos after this great event.

You can find photos of the Grevy's Zebra on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

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THE GREAT GREVY'S RALLY
THE GREAT GREVY'S RALLY
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One of my personal favorites is absolutely the Guenthers Dikdik. This dwarf antilope always puts a smile on your face!

Dik-diks maintain their territory with a single partner and sustain this pair bond faithfully until one of them dies. Female dik-diks are larger than males, so like with humans, it's the female that leads the male, establishing both where they go and what they do....

The photo shows a family. From left to right: Young male, Father, Young female and (the boss) the mother. Perhaps the photo doesn't quit reveal it but they are all only about 35 cm tall!

More Dikdik photos (also Kirk's DikDik) available on: http://goo.gl/v9WLdF

#HansSinke #Mammals #Kenya #Dikdik #Guentersdikdik

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There's already a photo of a White Rhinoceros within this collection but a photo of a Black Rhinoceros was still missing. Here it is!

Did you know that a Black Rhino can move extremely fast, and have been recorded at highs of 55 km/h. They can change direction surprisingly quickly, and can run right through scrub and bushes. In comparison the White Rhino can only go as fast as 40 km/h.

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

#HansSinke #Mammals #Kenya #Rhinoceros #BlackRhinoceros #Neushoorn

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