2015

The hardship for the people of Madagascar, and especially on the countryside, seems to be a never ending road. Despite traveling in one of the poorest countries in the world - I haver never met so many smiles and lovely people long the roads, as here. Paul Rahasse, on this image, is on his way to the market to sell his 3 ducks and hope it will bring the fabulous amount of 5€ for all 3 together. We are living in different worlds and we need to reflect more about our crazy overconsumption in our own part of the world.

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Etiketter: madagascar, madagaskar

Madagascar crested ibis in early morning sun - from Amber Mountain rainforest. Another endemic bird. Im finally finishing the sorting of thousands of images from 5 weeks of intensive photographing on the island of wonders.

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One more amazing species of leaf-tailed gecko - the world-champion of disguise. When it sticks flat to the tree with its head down - it will literally be camouflaged to invisibility. Ankarana NP - Madagascar.
Sitting in the airport of Paris and waiting for the last flight home to Stockholm - and contemplating over more than 5 weeks in Madagascar. Lemurs yes - but the islands reptiles rocks.

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The geckos of the genus Uruplatus are all world-champions in disguise. The Satanic Leaf Gecko has a tail looking like a dead leaf - and it hangs upside down in a bunch of old leaves and is impossible to see. Satanic because of the eyebrows. The rain-forests of Madagascar are full full of natural wonders.
(by the way a smashing combo of the Nikon D810 and the new 300/4 compact)

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Red-bellied lemur from the rainforest of Andasibe NP in Madagascar. 
I have been here more than a month now - and Im overwhelmed with the exiting nature and the fantastic people of this island.

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Im nearly into my fourth week on Madagascar - hence no updates for a while - no wifi in the rainforest. Elephant-eared chameleon peeping on me from the land of natural wonders - amazing wildlife and nature, but it needs acute protection!

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Impatiens glandulifera (Jättebalsamin) beside a small stream behind my mountain hotel in Austria. This plant is quite beautiful but from the Himalayas and invasive. Good training on my new lens and for Madagascar, which is soon.

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Phantom of the taiga-forest. Wolverine comes in the middle of the night - when its pitch-dark.

Until now 2,5 days constantly in the box (hide) - no other predators yet. To those who thinks being nature-photographer is a glamorous life ----- we are going back in the box for another 3 days.............

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On my way back to the mosquitoes again! North-eastern Finland next stop.

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When you are just a few meters away and on ground level from a brown bear - you feel the power and the spirit. No wonder that aboriginal people hold such a respect for this animal.
Preparing for round 2 in Finland by Niko Pekonen again!.

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Sunrise - wetlands - in Halland, Sweden. After teaching advanced creative techniques for my level 3 photo-class I decided to search for early arctic waders on my way home. Very few and very skittish - so it became landscape instead.
Waited for the sun, composition and settings all clear and when the geese came - action. AND as an extra bonus - a lovely cow.

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Etiketter: wetlands, sweden, våtmarker

The nordic nights are getting longer - more time with the blue light, which I love. Brown bear from Finland just a week ago, while waiting......
Photographed with the help of Niko Pekonen for the project:
www.vildanorden.se

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Mitt mail till DN idag angående deras oseriösa artiklar om den skamliga lejonjakten i Zimbabwe:

Hej
Som alltid när DN skall rapportera om naturvård och internationella företeelser i denna genre så får ni bara med halva sanningen då ingen på redaktionen är nämnvärd kunniga.
Ni missar helt:

- att lejonbestånden i Afrika idag är under starka hot. En grov uppskattning säger under 20 000 individer i hela Afrika från ca 200 000 för bara ett halvt sekel sedan. Lejonet är uppfört som sårbar på IUCN´s lista över hotade djur.

- att det mesta av lejonjakten i Sydafrika, som har den störst jaktindustrin är, ”canned” med uppfödda lejon på vita rika privatrancher

- att pengarna för en lejonlicens i ett land som Zimbabwe knappast kommer lokalbefolkningen eller naturvården till godo, eftersom korruptionen är enorm

- att det är förbjudet med licensjakt i många andra Afrikanska länder där storvilt förekommer

- att det i Zimbabwe är förbjudet att skjuta ett lejon med radiosändare - lejon som ingår i långvariga biologiska studier

- att ekoturism idag inbringar lång flera och större inkomster än jakt i gammaldags kolonialstil - alltså ett levande lejon är mycket mera värd ekonomiskt än en enskild jaktlicens

Däremot så lägger ni ner mycket spaltplats på dels att teoretisera om jakt med pilbåge vilket är rätt så ovidkommande i denna sammanhang. Dels så nedgör ni en enorm stor, stark och upprörd internationell opinion som också finns i Afrika. Ni fokuserar enbart på hatet från en minoritet av kritikerna istället för att fokusera på att människor verkligen tycker detta är oetiskt och straffbart. Sedan var Palmer redan straffat i USA för en liknande jaktöverträdelse på en svartbjörn

Som alltid vet DN bättre - utan att ha tillgång till alla fakta - och om moral är bra så är dubbeltmoral dubbelt så bra i den politiska korrekta journalistiken. Alltså är det synd om en kriminell person som helt klart har stuckit ut hakan och gjort en oetisk och förstörande handling och som också har struntat i lagen i Zimbabwe

med vänlig hälsning

Jan Pedersen

naturfotograf och författare

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Det är "Global Tiger day" - idag. Det finns mindre än 3200 individer kvar i ett område som bara är 7% så stort som utbredningen tidigare. MEN i Indien är det nu en positiv utveckling. Beståndet ökar tillika med en ökande förståelse och skydd och det finns en stor och entusiastisk inhemsk tigerturism.
Res med oss på Wild Nature fotoresor till Indien 2016 på vår redan framgångsrika och uppskattade tigerresa som även är förbättrad med ännu fler tigerchanser. Vi stödjer aktivt arbetet med skydd av tigern genom att ekonomiskt att delta i organisationen TOFT (Tour Operators for Tigers)
Se vår resa - klick på länken: Wild Nature fotoresor

Läs mer om TOFT här - klick på länken: TOFT

Läs mer om Panthera organisationen som också är mycket aktiva i arbetat med skyddet av de stora kattdjuren - klicka på länken: Panthera

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Taiga night yesterday in the Finnish forests close to Russia - Whooper swan family.
Days and days with millions of mosquitoes and horseflies big as drones - the search goes on...
 

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I´m back in Finland, but not for wolverine this time as 2012 when this image was taken, neither for brown bear. The coming week will be exiting. "Shooting"for the photo-project Vilda Norden (Wild Nordic) 



www.vildanorden.se
https://www.facebook.com/vildanordenfoto?fref=ts

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Summer-greetings from the Italian Dolomites.
I´m here leading nature-hikes at the moment and the flowering is exquisite. Col De Forcia with meadows of Pulsatilla alpina and Trollius europaeus.

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Here is a short film just after the award ceremony of Asferico 2015 International Nature Photography Competition. I´m still "shaky" after the prestigious election of being the overall winner.

click the image or the link under to see the film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lgggJKw0xs 

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Greater flamingo fantasy from yesterday at Vendicari nature reserve on Sicily. 
Biodiverse dune, marshland and coastline habitats and I was here 25 years ago. It has now been restored and well managed and is now a real nature gem. Italy is full of restored nature localities with good accesses and informations.

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Thanks to Asferico, AFNI the organizer of the festival Asferico 2015 and all people involved for a memorable weekend. My salute to all my fellow "colleagues" which I met and a big applause for all the other winners and the images and shows being presented. I am still a bit shaky and overwhelmed being the overall winner, of 2015 with my Bird category winning image of a resplendent quetzal from Costa Rica.

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En intervju med mig om Wild Nature fotoresor. Från tidningen "Driva Eget".
www.wildnaturefotoresor.se

An interview with me about our company Wild Nature photo tours, unfortunately in Swedish, only...
www.wildnaturephototours.com

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Home from 5 weeks in Costa Rica. The Bronze-tailed plumeleteer is one of my absolute favorite hummingbirds and I got many new motives on my list - with me home this time. Maybe the absolute highlight was photographing the web-casting spider despite quetzals, trogons, endemic hummingbirds, caimans, pitwipers and displaying manakins. More to be published soon ;)

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On the second tour for Wild Nature photo turs in Costa Rica. Here in the Childrens Eternal Rainforest in Monteverde that we are supporting financially. Even on this tour we roamed the forest with the excellent guide Eduardo Venegas who has 30 years in the field - guiding tours, as your "humble" tour leader. We had displaying Long-tailed manakins - wonderful and intricate like "birds of paradise".

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, in Spanish, or BEN) is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica.
The BEN exists thanks to the help of children and adults all over the world who have taken part in what is known as the Children’s Rainforest Movement. This fundraising campaign started in Sweden and the United States of America in 1987, and continued to expand around the world. At present, 44 different countries have contributed to the acquisition and protection of the territories of the BEN.

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Finally I got to photograph these wonderful and very dimunitive white bats. La Selva; Costa Rica.
Vår Costa Rica resa är inne på de sista dagarna och hemresan börjar närma sig för gruppen, men jag, stannar för en grupp till med Wild Nature fotoresor. 
Motiven har varit outtömliga och vi har hittat många spännande arter, som dessa vita tätbyggande fladdermus från regnskogen. Honduran white bat - eller - White tent bat, är en pytteliten fladdermus som biter av "nerverna" i heliconia blad och därmed viker bladet sig och blir ett tält som fladdermössen dagtid kan sova under.
Vår 2016 sålde slut snabbt, men vi har lagt till en ny resa/extra avgång som finns här:
http://www.wildnaturefotoresor.se/…/fotoresa-costa-rica-201…

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I´m happy to see that my image of a young and tired orangutan mother from Sabah/Borneo - "bagged" a highly recommended in the german Glanzlichter photo competition - the "World of Mammals" category.

http://www.glanzlichter.com/…/F2EF2303-AA7C-9F0…/9/index.htm

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Happy Eastern to you all from the rainforest of Costa Rica and La Selva where Im now leading the photo-group for for my own company: Wild Nature photo tours. We have had an amazing diversity of animals and the forests are wonderful. Here a scaly-breasted hummingbird.
PS: The "bludder" of the wings is on purpose to give movement to the image.

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Warm thanks for all the greetings on my birthday yesterday!!!! I´m overwhelmed by the sheer amount of wishes. 
I hope You will all have a continuously good year - and let us all fight for a world where wildlife and nature are more in focus.
Today I will continue with a new excited group of photographers to seek the wonders of Costa Rica - and maybe .... Mantled Howlers - like the guy on the image.
www.janpedersen.se

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Giant silk moth (Rothschildia triloba) from the rainforests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. When I shot this image the other day, I was a little doubtful if I should make it "arty" or just descriptive, and decided for the later. This moth is like many other animals and plants so beautiful and magic in itself, so as a photographer I don't need to twist it unnecessarily around.

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Small Eyelash wiper from today in the forest of Arenal National Park, Costa Rica. I am happy to be back in this amazing country - world leading in eco-tourism and nature conservation.
Shot with the high performing D810 and the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens  - a real super combo!
The eyelash viper is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, these snakes are characterized by their wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales over the eyes.

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Time to migrate again - for me. First this year it was Zimbabwe, then Borneo and now the course is set on Costa Rica. Quite hectic at the moment ;)
Here are crowned cranes from this years Hwange NP; Zimbabwe.

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Honored to be among the awarded photographers of the prestigious Asferico 2015 Photo Contest and within a group of very merited photographers - position to be published later. I'm looking forward to attending the awards ceremony in Comacchio, Italy in May.

Read more here.....

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Time to leave Sabah on Borneo. One of the nature-wonders is the bat-exodus from the Gomantong Caves att nightfall. Millions of bats are streaming out like a never-ending smoke and disappearing into the rainforest night. Hunters are waiting outside, the best being the eminent Bat Hawk. Others are also trying their luck, like the less agile and more heavy Wallace´s Hawk-Eagle. Here trying to snatch a bat in mid-air.

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Lantern bugs (or flies) are amazing insects, very colorful and with bizarre looks. But it is a myth that they are shining lights from their prolonged snouts. Sepilok, Borneo.

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Friday night out ::::::::: what is better than searching for pit-wipers? Here is a "cute" juvenile Waglers Pit-wiper from Sepilok rainforest on Sabah, Borneo. It was one of 3 snakes on the same spot, and a bigger one was hanging right above our heads.

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Time to fly again. Now to Borneo and this time lightweight with only the fantastic Nikon D810 around the neck. It so good I actually left the D4s at home this time.
By the way - the one on the image . is a white-backed vulture from Hwange/Zimbabwe.

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Etiketter: d810, vulture, gam

I gave a fully packed lecture, about mainly bird photography, last wednesday for Lidingö Photo-club one of the Swedens most active clubs. Lovely audience! And the big shop of Scandinavian Photo was filled to the brim. Image copyright Helen Quarfot. 

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Etiketter: lecture

Friday was last day in Hwange, Zimbabwe - and this was the second last image. Home again I already miss the light and the incredible abundance of animals during the rain-season. Now it is time to pack for Borneo which is coming up in just a few days.

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Lion getting ready for the night-hunt under an approaching thunderstorm in Hwange NP, Zimbabwe. Day before yesterday. Im now working with the Nikon D810 together with my D4s and the D810 is just amazing! The image is shot on 10 000 ISO! 
Henrik Karlsson/N wildlife photographer and myself are now sponsored by Nikon and the D810 is a part of a promising cooperation.

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Etiketter: lion, lejon, zimbabwe, nikon, hwange, d810, rain, regn

Not the most artistic image, but it was my 5th shot only inside Zimbabwe - where I landed yesterday - AND - its a Verreaux Eagle (or Black Eagle), one of the worlds most impressive eagles (and its a huge female). The beginning of this tour is promising 

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Etiketter: zimbabwe, klippörn

Longing for the light on the plains - Zimbabwe, Im on my way!

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Etiketter: afrika, africa, zimbabwe, light, ljus

It is a new year - still very dark here in Scandinavia - but the light will come again, like in this image from last summers midnight sun at Svalbard where the reindeers are active at 02.00. We are injecting new vitamins in our project Vilda Norden (Wild Nordic): www.vildanorden.se

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