Darren Colello, Wildlife & Nature Photography: Blog http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Darren Colello, Wildlife & Nature Photography (Darren Colello, Wildlife & Nature Photography) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:02:00 GMT Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:02:00 GMT http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v52/u1054651784-o927516839-50.jpg Darren Colello, Wildlife & Nature Photography: Blog http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog 79 120 ULTIMATE GRAND TETONS & YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE TOUR http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/ultimate-grand-tetons-yellowstone-wildlife-tour SOLD OUT:  

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PHOTO SAFARIS & WILDLIFE WORKSHOPS http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/photo-safaris-wildlife-workshops                                    

  

Upcoming the end of this year and into 2017 I will be announcing photo safaris and wildlife tours and workshops in a variety of exciting locations.  These tours will be tailor-made and will be for those who wish to gain extensive wildlife knowledge, while learning how to photograph wildlife and nature in beautiful, respectful and engaging ways all while having fun with like-minded individuals.  These tours will be guided by myself, a wildlife biologist and photographer who has studied a vast number of species for over 30 years!  The tours will be in a relaxed setting, non-intimidating and offer excellent overall value.  Photographically we will explore basic camera settings, composition and exposure while understanding the animal’s natural behaviour to increase the chances of capturing incredible imagery.

                    

Look for upcoming safaris such as; 

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons

The Grandeur of the Canadian Rockies

Ultimate Botswana

Wild South Africa

Namibia: Wild Etosha

………and more!                                            

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http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/photo-safaris-wildlife-workshops Thu, 05 May 2016 18:37:09 GMT
AFRICA'S BIG CATS http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/africas-big-cats                               

    

Wildcats are the ultimate predators.  In a long line and amazing diversity of carnivores, wildcats are the epitome of a skilled, strong, stealthy and agile predator.  There are 36 species of wildcats on Earth found on 5 continents, ranging in size from little more than a house cat in weight to the largest living felid, the Siberian tiger, topping 525 lbs!  Three of these will take centre stage, Africa’s big cats, in a constant struggle for survival in one of the wildest places on Earth.   

 

CHEETAH (Acinonyx jubatus)

While lions are powerful and leopards stealthy, the cheetah carves out its niche with unparalleled speed.  Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on Earth, racing to a top speed of 114 km/hr.  They could easily out-accelerate a Porsche and are able to reach 0-100 km/hr in about 1.8 seconds!  Every inch of a cheetah is adapted for speed; their long tail for high speed balance, their large heart and lungs for processing oxygen and their flexible spine to name just a few.  Cheetahs however have to sacrifice much of their strength for this speed and therefore are unable to defend their kills from other carnivores like lions, hyenas and even several vultures.  Cheetahs concentrate on swift smaller antelope, favouring the Thompson’s gazelle (which reach a top speed of about 80-85 km/hr).  Cheetahs are a threatened species with less than 11,500 left in the wild, a third of which live in Namibia.

                                

                                                       

 

LEOPARD (Panthera pardus)

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Prince of Stealth’, leopards possess many of the characteristics that are essential for top predators; cunning, strength, stealth, agility, intelligence and adaptability.  Leopards are far-ranging, in fact the most so west-east of any large felid.  They inhabit west, central, east and southern Africa, into the middle east, India, Pakistan, south-east Asia and even into the far Siberian forests of Russia!  They can survive in rainforest, desert, savanna, woodland, boreal forest, deltas and mountains.  And although (especially in Africa) they concentrate on medium-sized antelope, such as impala, gazelles and duikers, they can take a multitude of varying prey including hares, monkeys, snakes, lizards and even the young of zebra and giraffe.  Leopards are known for their ability to cache their prey up a tree, out of reach of other carnivore competitors.  This indeed takes unbelievable strength and skill to accomplish.  Leopards still face many threats, one of the worst of which is poaching for their magnificently beautiful fur.  Leopards can also be melanistic (or entirely black) and this colouration is most often found in dense rainforests. 

                                 

 

LION (Panthera leo)

Often a symbol of Africa, power, wildness and even royalty, lions are magnificent indeed.  The second largest of the big cats, lions show a great deal of sexual dimorphism, with males being much heavier than females and sporting an elegant mane of neck and shoulder fur.  This is known to impress females, but also provides males with an added level of protection in their brief, but often powerful and savage battles for prides.  Lions are the only fully social wildcat living in prides that can number over twenty individuals in some cases.  Lions are apex predators, and although they do compete with other big cats and spotted hyenas, lions have carved out a niche at the top of the food chain.  Lions are known for their populations in Africa (now numbering less than 25,000), but they also do inhabit Asia, in the tiny remaining wilderness of the Gir forest in India. 

                                   

 

 

 

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http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/africas-big-cats Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:24:57 GMT
Wildlife Conservation http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/wildlife-conservation

 

Rhinos are an amazing group of mammals that have existed on Earth for over 40 million years!  There are 5 rhino species worldwide; the white and black rhinos of Africa and the Indian one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos of Asia.  Over 500,000 rhinos used to roam these two continents but after extensive poaching and habitat loss there numbers took a drastic decline by 95%.  Today 4/5 rhino species are critically endangered and poaching is an extreme threat.  We must do our part to conserve these great creatures; to protect their habitat (which in turn protects many other species) and to stop the cruel and horrific practice of rhino poaching for their horns.  Rhinos are charismatic creatures and an absolute pleasure to observe.  They have more than earned their right to exist in peace for another 40 million years.

Please help in whatever way you can and I will be donating a large portion of any website sales from now until January 1 toward rhino, elephant, African wild dog and big cat conservation.   

Show your support this October 4th for the worldwide march for rhinos and elephants in hundreds of cities across the globe.

Current rhino statistics: white rhino         20,000

                                          black rhino           5,000

                                          Indian rhino          3,300

                                          Sumatran rhino        100

                                          Javan rhino                40

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http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/wildlife-conservation Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:21:29 GMT
An African Journey http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/an-african-journey I have recently returned from my second African adventure and overall it was an incredible, unforgettable journey!  On this trip I visited Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.  Photographically I was more ambitious this time, trying to capture a greater range of wildlife imagery as well as having two distinct goals; observing and photographing the rarest of the large carnivores on the continent, the African wild dog as well as spending quality time with Africa’s big cats, leopard, cheetah, and lion.  Thankfully I had tremendous sightings and observed these large carnivores in addition to spotted hyena, elephants, giraffe, hippos, both black and white rhino, cape buffalo, zebra, 16 different antelope species, as well as dozens of bird species!  It truly was an incredible African journey.  It is my hope that this new Africa gallery will provide inspiration and motivation to respect, learn more about and ultimately conserve Africa’s wondrous wildlife and wilderness.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me anytime.       

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Great Bear Rainforest http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/great-bear-rainforest An early morning in the Khutzeymateen is a magical experience.  Here in the heart of Great Bear Rainforest, the north coast of British Columbia, nature exists as it has for millennia.  Protected from the outside world, wolves, grizzly bears, otters and bald eagles can go about their daily routines without fear from humankind.  One very special morning we slowly drifted along the estuary and came to rest on the banks of verdant sedge grasses.  Here we would sit, rest and observe wildlife starting their day.  In no time whatsoever we spotted a female grizzly bear with her two cubs in tow about 200 metres away.  Even through the binoculars they were incredible, however that would not be the extent of our memorable encounter.  The mother grizzly actually weaved her way slowly and assuredly through the sedges often stopping to graze and lead her cubs closer and closer.  Always raising her attentive nose to further assess the situation, she brought her cubs within 7 metres of our tiny zodiac.  It was here that we had unsurpassed front row seats to one of nature’s great spectacles and species.  To our delight we watched quietly as mother fed and the two rambunctious young cubs played together rolling around in thick sedge grass.  They would often look up to see if we were still intrigued and would chase each other around their powerful mom.  After awhile she slowly lead her cubs away to find other succulent riches along the shoreline.  And we were left with an incredible experience observing these great denizens of the rainforest relaxed at close range.   I hope to one day visit again and watch these and other cubs grow to be the great guardians of this special land.    

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http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/great-bear-rainforest Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:44:44 GMT
LORD of the RAINFOREST http://wildlifephotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/lord-of-the-rainforest Recently my Dad and I traveled to Brazil and explored such iconic ecosystems like the Amazon and Pantanal.  The diversity of wildlife in these regions is extraordinary, however in the back of our minds we hoped to see the undisputed Lord of the region, the mighty jaguar.  Jaguars are a threatened species and very elusive, so finding one would not be easy.  One late afternoon we were rewarded with what would be our first of three jaguar sightings.  We could barely see the big cat among the tangle of rainforest vegetation, but it was still an amazing highlight.  After a few minutes the jaguar rose to his feet, stretched mightily and actually came down the river embankment and gave us an extraordinary view of his magnificence.  His power and beauty radiated from him and our day, our entire trip was made.  He was a healthy, handsome 250 lb adult male and as he yawned he exposed his powerful canine teeth.  Jaguars, although the third largest wildcat, actually have the strongest jaw pressure of any felid.  They are able to piece the skin of tough prey such as armadillos, caiman and even a turtle's shell.  We enjoyed our entire unforgettable experience with this magnificent cat and would even be rewarded again a few days later watching him stalk a capybara.  

Long live the Lord of the Rainforest and all who reside in his domain.  

 

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