Endangered Species day! Sharing with you one of my favorite birds, the New Zealand Kea. Endemic to New Zealand, the worlds only alpine parrot is under threat by introduced mammals like sloats and possums as they nest on the ground. If you go to Milford sound you are likely to see them near the tunnel as they like to receive handouts from tourists, and to rip the rubber off the car trimmings. #birds#nature#flight#photography#newzealand#endangeredspecies@natgeocreative
Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day! A rare, endangered Whooping Crane with Sandhill Cranes migrating north with a stop at the Platte River in Nebraska. Only about 450 Whooping cranes in the wild. The Sandhill cranes stop along the Platte every year in February/March to fatten up on the grain from the fields from the pervious year’s harvest. It is a spectacular sight, and one can observe them via bird blinds along the river thru the Audubon Society. #birdmigration#birds#nature#photography#audubonsociety@natgeocreative
Scablands of eastern Washington. When the ice dam broke and all that water went rushing toward the sea it took most of the soil with it. This photo is from the edge of the Palouse or the outer edge of the great rush of water. Imagine if you were on this hilltop as the water rushed around you taking everything with it. Shot from a Cessna 172 fixed wing plane.
The power of water at Palouse Falls! Imagine a dam made of ice creating a lake the size of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined. Imagine that ice dam breaking and a torrent of water with ten times the combined flow of all the world’s rivers barreling into eastern Washington, reaching speeds approaching 80 miles an hour stripping all the soil and more. I will be posting images from an assignment for NatGeo called Scablands. You can see the story here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/channeled-scablands/ #waterfall#drama#nature#washington@natgeocreative@natgeo@thephotosociety
Guanacos posing in front of the towers of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. It was a bit of a hike to get up to where the Guanacos were feeding, but being patient and waiting for the moment was much more difficult! #nature#photography#beauty#patagonia#chile#guanaco
Austral Parakeets at Torres del Paine National Park. We had a bunch of them eating on the ground, but I got intrigued by a small woodpecker and was photographing it when all the parakeets took off. No time to refocus, I just aimed my camera at the flying birds and got this lucky shot. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good! #photography#nature#birds#beauty#chile#lucky
In Minnesota now and found these American White Pelicans on my morning bike ride. Returning with my camera I captured this image (that is just a part of the full pano of them all). They must be staging here on their northern migration although they do stay in Minnesota for the summer. Go to my Facebook page (Michael Melford Photography) to see the full image. #photography#nature#birds#minnesota#beauty
Photo by @visionarywild -Looking for a last minute photo adventure in Patagonia? An opening has unexpectedly become available in our fast-approaching expedition to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, April 2-14. There is just time to join me and National Geographic photographer Justin Black and a small group of nine other passionate photographers, and our fabulous Chilean guide team.
It's one of our favorite places to photograph, and the quiet Patagonian autumn season is our favorite time to go.
Here's a link to the trip.
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