Storm clouds darken the Rinca sky during the wet season, from December to March. The months of rain are enough to sustain forests that provide a home to dragon prey. This elderly male Komodo dragon is probably growing too weak to hunt.
Today is my birthday and I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate than spending one hour with a wolf in the wild. I got this image just a couple of hours ago in the Apennine, central Italy. A big present for me and I’m very happy to share this shot with you! @natgeo#birthday#celebrate#present#wolf
In the mist I witnessed a beautiful flight of Alpine choughs, but they were not alone. Behind the clouds the 'Spirit of the mountains', the mythical Bearded vulture soaring in search of food among steep slopes and valleys sprinkled by the last snow of Spring. This image recently won the first prize into the "On land" category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2016. @stefanounterthiner@natgeo@thephotosociety@granparadisopark@nhm_wpy#wpy52#bird#Italy#landscape
A white tern (Gygis alba) flying in the cloudy sky over Bird Island, Seychelles. One of the most elegant and delicate seabird, the white tern inhabits islands in the tropical and subtropical waters. @natgeo@thephotosociety#flying#bird#white#clouds
European bison (Bison bonasus) were hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 20th century: the last wild one was killed in Poland's Bialowieza forest, where I took this photograph. The species survived only in a few European zoological gardens. As a result of reintroductions and introductions, there are now thousands in the wild, all descended from the few dozens individuals kept in captivity. A conservation success story. @natgeo@thephotosociety#bison#wild#Poland#extinction#conservation#success
A small group of king penguins is returning to sea at the end of the breeding season. I took this photograph during my five months assignment for @natgeo (my first assignment for the Magazine) in 2007 in the archipelago of Crozet, Possession island. @thephotosociety#penguin#bird#sea#group
With Gran Paradiso’s massif looming beyond a cloud bank, a yellow-billed Alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) woops and soars on thermals and updrafts. Shot on assignment for @natgeo and published in the current issue of the Magazine (February 2015) in the story "Paradise Found”. The #Granparadiso NP is the oldest Italian protected area. Photo by @stefanounterthiner. #Italy#Valsavarenche@thephotosociety
In the cage with this "bad" boy, an adult male Komodo dragon. Photograph taken on assignment for @natgeo in #Indonesia, Rinca island. More images about the endangered Komodo dragons in the January 2014 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.