How to Get Great Photographs of Butterflies

How to Get Great Photographs of Butterflies

Taking great photographs of butterflies is not easy. The small, delicate creatures are constantly moving. So, what lens is best and what ISO? What’s the difference between Macro and Portrait photography? What time of day are butterflies at their most photogenic? And what about flash or speed flash? To get great photographs of butterflies you need patience and a steady hand, a couple of good lenses and the right settings help, too. Destination: Wildlife Team member and wildlife photographer, Robert Wallace shares some tips and secrets he has developed for taking beautiful buttery photography.

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New York WILD Film Festival 2019

New York WILD Film Festival 2019

I love the New York Wild Film Festival. The films inspire me. I come away from a weekend immersed in stories from all over the world about wildlife and nature and communities and individuals, with hope and excitement - and always new knowledge. This year the stories range from the blue sky, into the depths of the oceans and everywhere in-between. A feeling of empowerment weaves through the line-up this year. From an individual who units his community against the political corruption destroying its land; to students determined to clean a major river, with 1 billion oysters to a young man committed to igniting the next generation of conservationists - by remixing animal sounds (be prepared to want to dance!). And the list goes on. Don’t miss the inspiring and fun New York WILD Film Festival.

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The Best Place in New York City to See Warblers

The Best Place in New York City to See Warblers

Audubon has called New York’s Central Park one of the best places in the United States for birding. During the spring warbler migration this is the place to be. Hundreds of bird watchers gather here to see the warblers, like tiny jewels, resting high in the trees. The endangered cerulean, the sun-shiny yellow warbler, and the gorgeous Blackburnian warbler are a few that I look for as they pass through every spring - but then there are accidentals, like the Kirtlands that arrived suddenly last year! These are some of my favorite wood warblers to see in Central Park and the surrounding areas. They will only be resting here a short while, don’t miss them!

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9 Great Reasons to Love a Turtle Volunteer Holiday in Baja

9 Great Reasons to Love a Turtle Volunteer Holiday in Baja

Sea turtles have staked out some of the most beautiful places on earth as their habitat, volunteering with sea turtles brings you there. Perhaps the ancients were right, this is a wise species: no freezing polar regions for them. You will find sea turtles where the breeze is soft, and the sand and sun are warm. Sea turtles choose the planet’s most amazing places to rest, feed and nest. That means to help them you too must travel there. One of those amazing places is Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sea turtle volunteer tourism holidays are perfect for families, kids to teens love it. But turtle tourism is perfect for the solo travel too, or small groups of like-minded friends.

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From Snowy Owls to Bears, 2018 Was a Good Year for Wildlife Adventure

From Snowy Owls to Bears, 2018 Was a Good Year for Wildlife Adventure

We covered a lot of ground in 2018. For snowy owls an irruption year meant some once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Black bears seemed to be everywhere we visited: Minnesota, Wyoming and even an hour from New York City. We found grizzlies in our camera lens too. Amos Nachoum took us to the Arctic to photograph Polar bears under water and then on to great white sharks and beluga whales. We saw eagles and osprey, warblers and hummingbirds and a treehouse in the rainforest and so much more. Yes, 2018 was a good year wildlife viewing!

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Rescue for the City Weary, Treehouses in the Rainforest

Rescue for the City Weary, Treehouses in the Rainforest

Here, In the last rainforest in the United States, legend says that Yuquiyú, the Taino people’s ancient god of light and life, walked among the trees and cloud covered peaks of the El Yunque forest in Puerto Rico. Today, only a short flight from New York, the Yuquiyú, garden and treehouses are an oasis for city-weary couples and solo travelers.

There are just four comfortable artisan-crafted treehouses situated high among the palms here. Each one sleeps one or two guests only. There are never more than 8 guests on the entire property at one time. Ylang-ylang perfumes the air. Three words describe Yuquiyú: Serenity, Beauty, Renewal.

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Rescued in New York, Snowy Owl is Free to Soar

Rescued in New York, Snowy Owl is Free to Soar

When the emaciated and dying young snowy owl was found by a good samaritan and his dog, the North County Animal Rescue knew just what to do. But what happens after rehabilitation? Disappearing habitat and climate change are taking their toll on the world’s remaining snowy owl population. The Friends of the Washington County Grasslands, IBA are working to change that.

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Amos Nachoum Wins Sienna International Photography Contest

Amos Nachoum Wins Sienna International Photography Contest

Wildlife and underwater photographer, Amos Nachoun is winner of the a 2018 Sienna International Photography Contest. Photographers from 156 countries competed with over 48,000 images. Amos took the coveted first prize in the wildlife category for his astounding image of a leopard seal and gentoo penguin. Photographed in the freezing waters of Antarctica, the image is entitled: Facing Reality.

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4 Wildlife Saving Organizations That You Should Know About

4 Wildlife Saving Organizations That You Should Know About

All over the world, small organizations and an army of dedicated people work on the front lines of wildlife conservation. The African continent is home to The Virunga Alliance, the Marine Megafauna Foundation, The Cheetah Conservation Fund, The PAMS Foundation and more. These dedicated, passionate men and women do much of conservation’s heavy, sometimes dangerous, lifting. Human/Wildlife coexistence is a major part of all their programs. There are no corner offices, no formal galas for these folk. Many are unpaid volunteers. They live for their animals - and sometimes they die for them.

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