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3 weeks ago

#EarthCapture by @joannrandlesphotograph In 1956 the Gower Peninsula, which encompasses 70 square kilometres, was declared as Britain’s first Area of Natural Beauty. “I was keen to capture these sometimes inquisitive creatures in their natural environment as the area is truly tranquil, full of wildlife with the ponies being possibly the most notable and popular amongst visitors when visiting the Gower. The most striking image of the collection so far is titled ‘Wooing Game’ and was taken at Cefn Bryn Common. The image includes a mare, stallion and foal in the same action shot. Leaping out of the pond, the stallion decided to make an attempt at wooing the mare. However, the beautiful white foal, which positioned itself perfectly toward the camera, was less than impressed that she was half their size and unable to move out of the way quick enough.” Sadly, along with cattle and sheep, these ponies roam close to and sometimes on the road and have consequently become victims of speeding cars around the Gower ignoring the 40mph speed limit. Recently there has been a rise in animal deaths with ‘slow down’ signs now appearing around the Gower to warn motorists.

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3 weeks ago

When you're not impressed to see someone 😠 #EarthCapture by @4elementphotos The northern white-faced owl is well known for its defence mechanisms. When a potential predator of a similar size approaches, it puffs itself up to make itself appear much larger, however when faced with a larger predator, it elongates its body and narrows its eyes, giving it a comical appearance. . . . . #bbcearth #owl #bird #birdsofinstagram #goaway #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #planetearth #earthlovers

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3 weeks ago

Sometimes called a trash panda, they're definitely not trash! 😍 #EarthCapture by @bkcrossman Racoons are found all over the North America and some small pockets around the world. They are part of an increasing number of animals who are directly affected by urbanisation, much like foxes, hence their nickname of trash panda, as they are often seen scavenging through rubbish bins. Racoons' natural habitat is forested areas with lots of places to climb, however due to their high levels of adaptability, we're now seeing increasing numbers of them in urban areas. . . . . #bbcearth #raccoon #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #amazinganimal #trashpanda #naturelovers #urbanisation #habitat #photography #cuteanimals #northamerica

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3 weeks ago

You...you think you've got enough pollen there buddy? 🐝 #EarthCapture by @stevebailey650 Honey bees play a huge role in the pollination of plants across the planet. Without their presence, entire ecosystems would fail. They use plant pollen and nectar as food for the entire colony, with some bees visiting up to 100 flowers in a single collection trip. . . . . #bbcearth #bee #honeybee #pollen #nature #naturelovers #macro #macrophotography #entomology #insects #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthlovers

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Happy autumn equinox! 🍂 #EarthCapture by @settysphotography The 23rd September marks the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere. Days are getting shorter, nights longer and male red deer are preparing for the rutting season when stags and bucks compete for breeding rights with the female harem. This one was captured knocking conkers from the tree branches and eating them from the ground. . . . . . #deer #reddeer #bushypark #london #londonparks #autumn #fall #autumnwatch #equinox #trees #autumnleaves #animals #wildlife #urbanwildlife #wildlifephotography #naturelovers #nature #naturephotography #bbcearth #earthlovers #richmond #parklife

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4 weeks ago

When you ARE the night! 🦇 #EarthCapture by @kishoresabareeshan Flying foxes (pteropus) are a genus of megabats. You heard that right, megabats. They are among the largest in the world, are huge fans of fruit, and can be found in a number of countries. There are a few different flying fox species with the largest having a wingspan of up to 1.5 metres. . . . . #bbcearth #fruitbat #flyingfox #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #wildlife #batsofinstagram #iamthenight #mammals #nocturnal #goa #monsoon #bat #batman #urbanwildlife

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1 month ago

#EarthCapture by @jake_brass Happy World Rhino Day! 🦏 This beautiful white rhinoceros is part of a group of mammals that humans have had a serious negative effect on. Poaching and the trade in rhino horn is an ongoing issue for these amazing animals. While conservation efforts have seen southern white rhinos numbers increase in the past couple decades, showing that there is hope, there are now only two female northern white rhinos left in the world (the last of their species). Big shout out to all the individuals working to save these special creatures. . . . . #bbcearth #worldrhinoday #rhino #rhinoceros #wildlife #amazinganimals #nature #wildlifephotography #africa #naturelovers #earthlovers #afircananimals #conservation #wildlifeconservation

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1 month ago

Adding this guy to the long boy club. The sleek and streamlined form of the mud dauper wasp. While these look intimidating, stings are rare. They're not normally aggressive unless deliberately provoked. Mud dauper wasps get their name from the fact that they use mud to build their nests. #EarthCapture by @nightfall_photography . . . . #bbcearth #wasp #muddauperwasp #planetearth #macro #macrophotography #insects #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturelovers #entomology #earthlovers

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