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Mother nests baby gannet seabird

Motherly love – A baby gannet snuggles under its mother in a nest at Cape St. Mary’s Eco reserve. The large black and white birds with soft yellow heads and long bills are one of the largest breeds of seabirds. This portrait of the mother and baby gannet seabirds was taken along the rocky seashore in Newfoundland. The baby seabird will take five years to reach maturity and develop its white plumage.




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Mother nests baby gannet seabird

Grizzly bear displays claws while resting on beach

A grizzly bear rests on the beach, with his head on his paws, displaying an impressive set of claws. Grizzly bear claws are long in curved and range in color from yellow to brown. They are used to dig up roots and bulbs of plants, and to dig their den sites.




Grizzly bear displays claws while resting on beach


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Grizzly bear displays claws while resting on beach

Wet grizzly bear stands in water

Dripping wet – A large grizzly bear rises from the ocean dripping water from its coat as it check out its surroundings. The grizzly bear, which stands about 6-feet tall, bares many similarities to humans. They can stand on two legs, walk on the soles of their feet, pick things up, and eat many of the same things that humans eat.




Wet grizzly bear stands in water



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Wet grizzly bear stands in water

A bald eagle flies with salmon in its grips

A portrait of a bald eagle in flight in front of snow capped mountains. Bald eagles soar using currents of air and updrafts, and help them conserve energy. Soaring birds can also find rising air in places where the wind is forced to flow up the side of a hill. They can fly at speeds of about 30 miles per hour.




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A bald eagle flies with salmon in its grips

HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP



OVERVIEW
Hummingbirds Photo Workshop 

Dates: 
May 24-31, 2014 (SOLD OUT)  
May 9-16, 2015 (Space Available) May 17-24, 2015 (Space Available)  

Locations: Best Hummingbird lodges in Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador  

Fee: $3,750 USD PP Deposit: $500  

Limit: 6 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup  

Duration: 8 days/7 nights  

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro  

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer  

HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the vibrant rainforests of Ecuador with us during our 8 day photography workshop and learn specialized techniques to create stunning images of hummingbirds as they feast on native flowers. Over the course of the tour we will journey over mountain passes and across the equator into lush rainforests to three different bird lodges. Each destination is home to unique species of hummingbirds and a diversity of flowers, giving you the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of exotic hummingbird images. Have you always wanted to know how to photograph hummingbirds? We have perfected our hummingbird photography setup by using a series of seven to eight flashes synchronized by wireless radio transmitters. The multi-flash technique creates a strobe effect and freezes hummingbird wings (which can beat up to 80 times per second) in their tracks. Attending photographers will capture superb images of dozens of colorful hummingbird species feeding on beautiful native flowers. Workshop participants who arrive in Quito early can also enjoy adventure attractions such as rafting, mountain biking, swimming in waterfalls, climbing snow-capped volcanoes and cruising around the Galapagos Islands. There are also opportunities to see Quito’s modern side, taking scenic tours, shopping at South America’s largest market and enjoying cultural fare. Some of the places to explore prior to the workshop include:
  • Plaza San Francisco and the Church and Convent of St. Francis
  • Casa Gangotena (a recently-restored historic mansion and boutique hotel)
  • Carondelet Palace (the seat of government of the Republic of Ecuador)
  • Basilica del Voto Nacional (the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas)
  • The Metropolitan Cathedral (one of the oldest and largest Roman Catholic cathedrals)
  • Gold leaf interior of the Church of the Society of Jesus
  • Church of San Francisco, Church of El Sagrario and Church of Santo Domingo
Why do we go to Ecuador? It has the best photography opportunities with the most diverse species of hummingbirds of any country in the world.

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Saturday) –You will be greeted at the airport upon your arrival in Quito, Ecuador. Your driver will escort you to your hotel in the second largest city in this rugged country. Enjoy a restful night in anticipation of the start of photography the following morning. For those arriving early, the historic center of Quito has one of the best preserved historic centers in the America and is great to explore.hummingbird photography workshops

Day 2 (Sunday) – We will leave the hotel in the early morning after breakfast, and take a beautiful two hour drive through the mountains, journeying from 9,200 feet (2,800 meters) elevation to 5,740 feet (1,750 meters). As we descend the pass you will witness two ecosystems collide as the vegetation flourishes beneath the steep mountainside and the rainforest begins. We arrive at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge located in the heart of the Cloud Forest at about 10 a.m. and setup immediately to begin capturing beautiful images of some of the 24 species that visit this lodge. Tandayapa features a classy and comfortable lounge, an indoor and outdoor dining area, a patio and balcony – all with bird watching opportunities – as well as a dozen rooms equipped with hot water, a private bathroom and electricity, nestled amid the awe-inspiring beauty of the rainforest. Hummingbird photography workshop

The d├ęcor of Tandayapa is naturally inviting, boasting a variety of wooden furniture and deep-colored tile flooring. There are also bird feeders hanging throughout the grounds, so you can see a variety of exotic birds just outside the windows. We will spend the next 2 days photographing some of the following species of hummingbirds that frequent their feeders:
  • Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
  • Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii)
  • Purple-bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini)
  • Fawn-brested Brilliant) (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
  • Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae)
  • Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus)
  • Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni)
  • Purple-throated Woodstar (Callipholox mitchellii)
  • Western Emerald (Chorostilbon melanorhynchus)
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
  • Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)
  • Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)
  • Tawny-bellied hermit (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)
  • Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi)
  • Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans)
  • White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)
  • Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)
As the day goes on, we enjoy the hospitality of the lodge as the staff prepares fantastic meals of Ecuadorian cuisine, especially their traditional soups.

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Day 3 (Monday) We will be photographing all day at Tandayapa bird lodge capturing dazzling images of hummingbirds from the deck and along the edge of the forest canopy. It is a great time to enjoy a hot cup of fresh Ecuadorian coffee as we photograph our colorful subjects. In your free time you are welcome to go on hikes in the Cloud Forest to view the colorful birds that are unique to Ecuador, or try to spy on some of the more secretive birds you rarely see in the wild.

Day 4 (Tuesday) After breakfast today, we take a day trip to the Mindo Loma lodge, a peaceful retreat owned by a local family providing space and tranquility for photographers looking to find unique bird species. Here, we will photograph one of the most beautiful hummingbirds in Ecuador, the Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini). These striking jewel-toned birds provide a sensational treat for the eyes and are a favorite subject of many photographers on the trip.

Some the hummingbird species that visit their feeders include:
  • Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
  • Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
  • Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
  • Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae)
  • Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni)
  • Purple-throated Woodstar (Callipholox mitchellii)
  • Western Emerald (Chorostilbon melanorhynchus)
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
  • Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)
  • Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)
  • Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans)
  • White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)
  • Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)
Later in the day, we will return to the Tandayapa Lodge for another great meal and relax in the evening and talk about photography techniques.
Day 5 (Wednesday) – This morning we depart the Tandayapa Lodge and head over to our next lodge to see a completely different variety of hummingbirds, including the Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) The sword-billed hummingbird is the only species of bird with a bill longer than its body. This adaptation allows it to feed on flowers with long corollas such as Passiflora mixta. It also has an unusually long tongue. On our expedition, we pass the equator (Latitude 00’ 00”), or known in Spanish as the “Mitad del Mundo” and stop for a quick tour and to take some photos. From here, we head back through the hustling and bustling city of Quito and climb up into the mountains to our highest peak of the trip, the Papallacta Pass. We’ll stop to take some photos while taking in the breathtaking scenery at over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). As we cross the over the pass and descend into the valley, we will once again watch the landscape change. We’ll take advantage of the opportunity to stop to gather some native flowers for our hummingbird photos before we arrive at Guango Lodge in the evening to enjoy some refreshments and relax for an evening by the fire.

hummingbird photo tour The Sword-billed hummingbird is the only species of bird in which its bill is longer than the rest of its body and is found at one of our lodges

The lodge offers an ideal mix of comfort and nature. Modern conveniences are provided through charming rooms, cozy fireplaces and Ecuadorian home-style food. Social areas provide a place to relax, and refreshments are offered to guests all day long. The lodge also boasts an orchid garden and hummingbird feeder stations dot the grounds.
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Day 6 and 7 (Thursday and Friday) – We will spend the next two full days photographing at Guango Lodge. Surrounded by forest-covered mountains, the lodge offers scenic vistas and a variety of trails. It’s not uncommon to spot more than a dozen fascinating species of hummingbirds in less than an hour. Some the species that visit their feeders include the:
  • Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
  • Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus)
  • Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)
  • Purple-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron microrhynchum)
  • Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
  • Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
  • Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)
  • Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemismosquera)
  • Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya lafresnayi)
  • Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)
  • While-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)
  • Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)
  • Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)
  • Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)
  • Tourmaline Sunangel (Heliangelus exortis)
  • Glowing Puffleg (Eriocnemis vestita)
  • Gorgeted Woodstar (Chaetocercus heliodor)
Day 8 (Saturday) –Last but not least, on our final day we will spend the morning photographing hummingbirds in their beautiful habitats where orchids hang from mossy branches and temperate forests teem with flocks of birds. Then, we’ll drive back up the pass, taking in beautiful scenery and stopping for photo ops along the way. Transportation will be arranged from the lodge directly to the airport for your evening departure. From here we say our goodbyes and begin the journey home or on to our next adventure. If you have extra time, there’s a abundance of activities to enjoy throughout the area:
  • The historic center of Quito is lined with captivating architecture of priceless churches, chapels, monasteries and convents, museums and colonial plazas. It is one of the first places to be declared World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO and is one of the largest, best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.
  • A visit to the Galapagos Islands provides exciting opportunities to walk along sandy beaches, watch sea-lions and tortoises, snorkel with sharks and explore the lush landscapes of the islands which inspired Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory.
  • Avid birdwatchers will enjoy the myriad of colorful birds and other amazing wildlife species found along the Amazon River in Ecuador. A variety of activities are offered in the jungle habitat of the Amazon, including birding hikes, canoe trips, night excursions and fishing for piranhas.
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PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transportation to and from the Quito airport
  • Transportation between lodges
  • 1 night’s accommodation at hotel in Quito, Ecuador
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at premier bird lodges.
  • All meals are provided during the workshop. Expect to gain a couple of pounds on the trip.
  • The use of multi-flash setups containing flashes, radio triggers, light stands and backgrounds.
  • Instruction in the field with your photographer guide, with a maximum of 6 photographers per guide
  • Photography instruction on photo editing techniques
  • A planning package that includes recommendations on the proper camera gear and clothing
  • We take care of all the trip logistics once guests reach Quito, so the only thing you have to concentrate on is having a fantastic time and capturing stunning images of hummingbirds.
  • Prior to embarking on your journey, we are happy to provide a free phone consultation with your trip leader, who will give you guidance on what equipment to bring, answer questions about the locale, and give general photography advice to make sure you are ready to capture your dream image.
 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to/from Quito, Ecuador
  • Alcoholic drinks­­­
  • If you would like to spend a day with a bird guide, we can certainly arrange that for you in advance with the lodges. (Additional costs would apply, paid directly to the lodge.)

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GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

OVERVIEW
Grizzly Bear Photo Workshop

Dates: 
July 12-18, 2014 (SOLD OUT)  
July 11-17, 2015 (Limited Space)  
July 16-22, 2015 (Space available)  

Locations: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska

Fee: $4,995 USD PP  

Deposit: $1,000  

Limit: 8 photographers

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Optional Excursion: Puffins & Seabirds on Bird Island $150  

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Shetzer for a trip of a lifetime photographing Alaskan Grizzly Bears in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. You will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat, and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque setting of the Alaskan wilderness. Guests will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. while enjoying home-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck. We specialize in one-on-one instruction for photographers of all levels in a small group setting, to ensure maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests. Adventure travelers will also be assisted by a Lake Clark bear guide who knows the animal’s behavior and habitat and will take you to the prime destinations to capture magnificent images of grizzly bears. Snow-covered peaks of volcanic mountains tower in the background as brown bears display instinctive behaviors. Throughout the course of the grizzly bear tour, photographers have the opportunity to capture images as:
  • Sows nurse their young and grizzly bear cubs frolic and play in grassy meadows
  • adult males charge through the water and pluck fish out of Silver Salmon Creek
  • hungry grizzly bears dig for razor clams in tidal flats along the fertile coastlines of the Cook Inlet
Grizzly Bear Photography workshops

Lake Clark National Park is a photographer’s paradise. The wildlife preserve is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears because these bears have never been hunted. They aren’t threatened by human presence and are not aggressive. This gives photographers the rare opportunity to closely observe bears in their natural habitat. There is scenic beauty everywhere in Alaska – and it’s remote. There are no roads for tour buses to pull up, and there’s nothing like being out in the true Alaskan wild watching these incredible animals. Unlike sites that have been overrun with tourists, Lake Clark Preserve sustains its pristine environment. The park doesn’t have any crowds, boardwalks or viewing platforms. There’s just beautiful landscapes and bears as your subjects. Our focus on small groups allows photographers to move around easily and efficiently to get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout your wildlife safari – while maintaining respect for the animals. By doing that, we end up with really natural shots. Just recently, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of us without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience our guests will never forget.  

ITINERARY

Day 1 The tour begins over dinner in Anchorage, Alaska. Here, you will enjoy a gourmet meal while we get to know each other and discuss the exciting plans for the coming week. Matt will also let participants know what to expect when photographing the bears and throughout the photography workshop. (Note: Participants attending the July 16-22, 2015 workshop will be picked up and transported from Anchorage, Alaska by charter flight personnel and will be met by guide Matt Shetzer in Lake Clark National Park.)


Day 2 In the morning, the group will be whisked away via a chartered flight to the breathtaking Lake Clark National Park, in the remote Alaskan backcountry. Passengers will be immersed in the beauty of Alaska as we fly towards the heart of bear country and pass three mountain ranges which include the peaks of Mt. Redoubt, Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Augustine. Their snow-topped peaks and steaming volcanoes, along with lush rainforests, vast tundra and sun-kissed coastlines provide powerful scenic aerial photography opportunities. After flying for a little over an hour, the aircraft will land on the beach, and passengers will be greeted by our hosts at the premier lodge at Silver Salmon Creek. We will then be transported by ATV, along with our luggage, to the beautiful, upscale lodge. Once settled, we get right into the action, heading out with our bear guide for our first day of photographing the brown bears in their natural habitat.


Days 3-6  The dining area and lounge at the lodge with beautiful views out the windows[/caption] We will spend the next four days devoted to capturing images of these beautiful creatures in the Alaska wild, enjoying great meals and discussing different photography techniques to improve the quality of our images. In addition to capturing pictures of bears we might see bald eagles, shorebirds, songbirds, moose, harbor seals and wolves. Guests who take part in the wildlife photography workshops will enjoy the adventure of being in the wild without sacrificing the comforts of home. The lodge features warm, cozy rooms, and you can enjoy hot showers each day. Most cell phones work at the lodge and internet connectivity is available for guests.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION
During the photography tour, there will be an optional excursion for anyone interested in visiting Bird Island by boat to capture images of the Horned Puffin, Tufted Puffin, Common Murre and Kittiwake. This is one of the best places in the world to photograph these adorable birds, and the excursion is a highlight for many workshop attendants. The puffin, nicknamed “Clown of the Sea” is a seabird with lots of character, a colorful beak, bright orange legs and webbed feet. Once arriving at the island we will pull the boat up to the land and let all photographers off to view these great birds close-up. Puffin photography can be very challenging, but guests who take part in the puffin photography workshop land on the beach and are able to photograph the puffins in the rocks, on their burrows, and in-flight from the shores – not from a moving boat.    

Day 7 We will head out again this morning for another action-packed digital photography session. Then we’ll head back to the lodge for breakfast and say goodbye to our hosts and thank them for spoiling us.

Once the wheels are up on our chartered flight, we will enjoy the spectacular scenery one last time as we conclude the photo tour on our flight back to Anchorage. There are many nature photography opportunities for anyone who wants to explore the Anchorage area before or after the tour. We are happy to provide tips and insights if you are looking to extend your vacation on this a trip of a lifetime. Options include whale watching, viewing the bore tide on the way to a glacier boat tour in Whittier, fishing in scenic Seward or Homer, or taking the train and exploring Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, in Denali National Park. (Tour schedules are subject to change due to changes in weather or other unforeseen events.)

PRICE INCLUDES

The tour cost includes all the following amenities:
  • 6 days/ 5 nights of lodging at a premier lodge in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
  • 1 night accommodation in Anchorage, Alaska on arrival
  • First nights welcome dinner in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Charter flight from Anchorage to Lake Clark (50lb luggage per person)
  • Lake Clark National Park Bear guide
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all staff tips while at the lodge
  • Lake Clark National Park daily fees
  • Instruction in the field with your photographer guide
  • Photography classes and workshops on photo editing techniques
  • Planning Package including recommendation on the proper camera gear and clothing
  • Prior to embarking on your journey, we are happy to provide a free phone consultation with your trip leader, who will give you guidance on what equipment to bring, answer questions about the locale, and give general photography advice to make sure you are ready to capture your dream image.
  • We take care of all of the trip logistics once guests reach Anchorage, so the only thing you have to concentrate on is having a fantastic time and capturing beautiful images of grizzly bears

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to/from Anchorage
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Optional Excursion
  • Any additional costs associated with weather delays. If weathered in at the lodge a $100 per additional day is paid directly to the lodge for food.
  • Guests will be ask to pay for additional lodging in Anchorage due to weather delays outside of our control.Grizzly Bear Mother and Cub curled up in Alaska A Grizzly Bear Mother and Cub curled up in Alaska enjoying a paternal bond.

Wet bear puts large paw on chest

Solemnly swearing bear – A bear rests its hand on its chest while it sits on the sandy beach. The bear, with a soggy wet coat, just enjoyed a dip in the water at the Lake Clark bear preserve in Southeast Alaska.




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Wet bear puts large paw on chest

Grizzly bear cubs stick together on beach in Alaska

Grizzly bear cubs stay on alert without their mother in the picture. Grizzly bear mothers are very protective of their young and almost half the cubs do not survive longer than their first year, due to disease, starvation and predators such as wolves mountain lion and adult male grizzlies.




Grizzly bear cubs stick together on beach in Alaska


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Grizzly bear cubs stick together on beach in Alaska

Brown bear creates a splash as it charges into the river

Taking a dip – A large grizzly bear looks straight into the camera as it charges into the water off the coasts of Alaska. The sheer size of the bear causes a sizeable splash as the brown bear runs into the crisp waters located in the Lake Clark National Park bear preserve.




Brown bear creates a splash as it charges into the river



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Brown bear creates a splash as it charges into the river

Bear silhouette on golden beach at sunrise

Strolling along a sunlit beach – A lone grizzly bear is joined by a seagull during a walk on the beach in Alaska. The bear searches for clams to dig up as it saunters along the golden-illuminated shore, undisturbed by the feathered scavenger following in its path.




Bear silhouette on golden beach at sunrise



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Bear silhouette on golden beach at sunrise

Two small brown bear cubs play together in the sedge

Bear cub kiss – A pair of bear cubs come face to face with another as they frolic and play together in a grassy valley at Lake Clark National Park. During their first couple years, under the care of their mother, these young grizzly bear cubs will learn how to survive by sparring and playing together. The clumsy cubs also will learn a lot about life by imitating the behaviors of the mother grizzly bear.




Two small brown bear cubs play together in the sedge



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Two small brown bear cubs play together in the sedge

Mountain stream flows down lush hillside

Clear creek flowing – A clear mountain creek flows over rocks and down a grassy hillside near Hatchers Pass Mine in Alaska. This area of Alaskan wilderness sits in a picturesque location with pristine water features and lush valleys boasting wildflowers.




Mountain stream flows down lush hillside


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Mountain stream flows down lush hillside

Northern Lights Time-lapse video - Aurora Borealis video

The Northern Lights time-lapse video below was shot up in the Arctic Circle in March, in the small town of Wiseman, Alaska with a population of 14. A vibrant display of lights shines and explodes in the sky at at 0:45 in the video. In the background the moonrises over the Smith Creek Dome, Midnight Dome Peaks during the peak time of the year to view the Aurora Borealis. This natural light display, also known as the Northern Lights, is produced by solar wind particles in earth’s magnetic field. In the video, an auroral curtain pattern fills the sky with waves undulating back forth with varying light intensity.




Northern Lights Time-lapse video - Aurora Borealis video

Two hummingbirds feed from white and pink blooming flower

Two hummingbirds find a blooming pink and white flower to sip nectar from. Hummingbirds in Ecuador inhabit forests and canopies in search of flowers with nectar and insects to feed on.




Two hummingbirds feed from white and pink blooming flower


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Two hummingbirds feed from white and pink blooming flower

Chestnut-breasted Coronet in flight drinking nectar.

The Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in humid montane Andean forests in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is generally easily recognized by its contrasting rufous underparts.




Chestnut-breasted Coronet in flight drinking nectar.



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Chestnut-breasted Coronet in flight drinking nectar.

Sword-billed Hummingbird profiled in Ecuador

The Sword-billed Hummingbird displays its impressive beak while perched on a mossy branch. The sword billed hummingbird is the only bird species whose beak is longer than its body, and the bird holds its bill up high while it rests to avoid toppling over.




Sword-billed Hummingbird profiled in Ecuador


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Sword-billed Hummingbird profiled in Ecuador

Flame-faced Tanager

The Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.




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Flame-faced Tanager

A white whiskered hummingbird with bright flower

A white whiskered hermit hummingbird feeds on nectar from an exotic flower found in Ecuador. Hummingbirds use their long bills to reach into a flower and lick the out nectar with their tongues. The wings aren’t the only quick body part on a hummingbird. They can lick 10 to 15 times per second while feeding.

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A white whiskered hummingbird with bright flower

Action shots of bear cubs playing in grass

Getting in on the action – This photo captures a heart warming moment in the Alaskan wilderness as a pair of bear cubs play in the grass. The series of action shots portray two young grizzly bear cubs as they tussle, tangle, embrace and nuzzle one another in a grassy basin in the heart of bear country. These clumsy, playful cubs aren’t only engaging in horseplay, they are honing in on their instincts with their mother watching close by.




Action shots of bear cubs playing in grass


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Action shots of bear cubs playing in grass

A pair of bald eagles exhibit aggressive behavior while flying

A pair of bald eagles fight in flight while another eagle watches from the shores of a river in the snowy Alaskan wilderness. Eagles aren’t afraid to be aggressive with one another, especially if they are in pursuit of a meal. The large, vocal raptors often steal prey from other birds.

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A pair of bald eagles exhibit aggressive behavior while flying



A pair of bald eagles exhibit aggressive behavior while flying