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Monday, October 21, 2013

Common Bottlenose Dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean around Madeira

17 september 2013.
What do you do when you are on an island like Madeira (Portugal), about 600 km off the coast of Morocco? Then you go for a Whale, dolphin and bird watching excursion by boat with Madeira Wind Birds. Riding the waves, circled by lots of Cory's Shearwaters. Only to encounter a nice group of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (NL: Tuimelaar) (Tursiops truncatus). And several Short-finned Pilot Whales.


Above is just one photo, but there is a bunch of photos on the website: Common Bottlenose Dolphins. And believe me, it's quite hard to shoot any focused photo when the boat is rocking on over 1m high waves and you try to find a surfacing dolphin in your camera viewfinder through a 500mm zoom lens. So I was lucky to get some good photos. The hardest part is predicting where a dolphin will surface and then quickly reacting to that. But I managed in some cases, hence the pictures!


For those who like the biological details:
Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.


Kingdom:Animalia
AnimalsDierenrijk
Phylum:Chordata
VertebratesGewervelden
Class:Mammalia
MammalsZoogdieren
Order:Cetacea
Whales, Dolphins and PorpoisesWalvisachtigen
Suborder:Odontoceti
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Superfamily:Delphinoidea
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Family:Delphinidae
Oceanic DolphinsDolfijnen
Genus:Tursiops
Bottlenose DolphinsTuimelaars
Species:Tursiops truncatus
Common Bottlenose Dolphin or Atlantic Bottlenose DolphinTuimelaar

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New website Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting live!

Yes, finally: www.wildlifespotting.com is online! It's all created from scratch. From the code to the drawings and all graphics. The site is fully responsive and fluid. That means that you can watch it on your big screen computer, on your laptop, on your iPad and on your mobile phone without any problems. And on your mobile phone the data traffic will be minimized as well.

Home - Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting
 It's the first version and the home page will be extended of course. For instance with videos. And new sections will be added to the website. However, for now, there is a huge, huge section with all the taxonomical information. That's the evolutionary tree, the biological classification. You can see all photos grouped together per class, order, family and species. Want to know more or don't quite get it? Just have a look at Taxonomy (Biological Classification).

And if you think, hey, you talk about endangered animals and threatened species as well? That's correct. You can also view all my photos grouped according to their Conservation Status and level of how threatened their existence is. Just check my overview of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The next thing to do, is to add photos. I have thousands of yet unpublished wildlife photos - and partially unlabelled so organizing to do. Also, I'll have to do a complete overhaul of the lay-out and graphics of the blog to make it blend in with the website.

Enjoy and feedback is welcome of course!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Short-finned Pilot Whales - Madeira

17 September 2013 - Madeira (Atlantic Ocean)

I decided to do a Whale, dolphin and bird watching excursion by boat with Madeira Wind Birds. It was great!
We spotted several Short-finned Pilot Whales / Indische Grienden (Globicephala macrorhynchus). They are in the same family (Delphinidae) as Bottlenose Dolphins - we encountered them earlier on.

The 'best' footage is at the end. It's quite hard to get some stable video images with an SLR camera with video function. Especially if the boat is rocking and you use your 150-500mm zoom lens to shoot it. Usually you are to late with pointing your camera when a pilot whale breaks the surface. They just touch the surface for a second and dive under again.

So. I did my best. I hope you enjoy it!
(if you have any trouble watching the Flickr video - better quality than YouTube - you can watch it on YouTube as well)

For those who like the biological details:
Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.

Kingdom:Animalia
AnimalsDierenrijk
Phylum:Chordata
VertebratesGewervelden
Class:Mammalia
MammalsZoogdieren
Order:Cetacea
Whales, Dolphins and PorpoisesWalvisachtigen
Suborder:Odontoceti
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Superfamily:Delphinoidea
Toothed WhalesTandwalvissen
Family:Delphinidae
Oceanic DolphinsDolfijnen
Genus:Globicephala
Pilot WhalesGrienden
Species:Globicephala macrorhynchus
Short-finned Pilot WhaleIndische Griend

Upcoming: new site www.wildlifespotting.com

You might have noticed that the domain of this blog has changed. It is no longer 'blogspot.com', but it changed to blog.wildlifespotting.com. I've been working on my new website, www.wildlifespotting.com this year - and it stalled a bit the last few months due to other priorities - so soon you'll see all my wildlife photos there. The photos are organized by their taxonomy; you can see all photos per class (e.g. Mammals), order (e.g. Lepidoptera or Butterflies), by family, genus, species and so forth. It's quite some work to get it technically done, since the complete biological classification (the taxonomic tree of related animals) is also visually represented. It will be cool - at least to me - to have all the photos organized and displayed in their context. And on top of that: the entire site will be made 'fluid' and with 'responsive design'. That means that you can easily go through the site on your laptop, big screen pc, tablet or smartphone without any problems of display. The photos and info are displayed differently and for mobile phones the amount of data you will have to load will be limited. So, keep an eye out for this new site!