Photo by @Fra@FransLanting I’m sharing this image of a Kakapo, one of the world’s rarest birds, in celebration of @NatGeo’s “Year of the Bird” campaign for 2018. When New Zealand broke away as a sliver of Gondwanaland many millions of years ago, it became an evolutionary raft of birds, which evolved there in wondrous ways. A parrot with Australian ancestors turned into a flightless vegetarian that roams the forest on foot after dark in search of seeds. Kakapos are the heaviest parrots in the world and they are nocturnal. They are highly endangered today and most of them now live on only three islands off New Zealand, where invading rats can’t get to them. One memorable rainy evening I caught up with a Kakapo. Actually it caught up with me. A curious female came to check me out as I was lying flat on my stomach on the muddy forest floor, camera in one hand, strobe in the other. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images from the world of birds. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#New Zealand #Kakapo#YearoftheBird#Endangered#Parrot#Birdphotography
VÍCTOR CRACKVILA. No todo es Marcelo Allende, este chico el día de hoy se mandó un PARTIDAZO. Con 20 años recién cumplidos ha demostrado tener un nivel EXTRAORDINARIO. Velocidad, agilidad, visión, pase y disparo. Hoy se despachó con un GOL y una asistencia. ¡¡JUGADORAZO VÍCTOR DÁVILA!!
Some might say Jaws looks less intimidating from far away. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Follow our link in bio for a few changes in perspective from SURFER staff photographer @chachfiles, like this pulled back view of @cliff_kapono, and more moments from this past weekend. #SURFERphotos
#Regram#RG@nytimes: This small agricultural village in the hills of Indonesia's Sumatra island is a testament to happy days in human-elephant relations. When the village — Gajah Makmur, which means “Prosperous Elephant” — was founded in 1991, residents nursed an injured wild elephant back to health. But then it disappeared into the forest, never to be seen again. But when wild elephants raided, villagers organized into brigades and used everything they could gather — pots and pans, a megaphone — to scare off the rampaging giants, forcing them to a palm oil plantation elsewhere. It was just 1 example of how the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations into elephant territory in Indonesia has brought humans and elephants into more frequent conflict. Increasingly, that conflict is deadly. Sumatra, in the western part of the country, has one of the largest populations of Asian elephants outside India. But their numbers are decreasing quickly, from an estimated 2,800 in 2007 to around 1,700 in 2014. Along with habitat destruction, poaching is considered a major threat to the species. @kemaljufri took this photo of an elephant transporting palm oil tree branches. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🐘