Ecologists Capture The Startling And Secret Lives Of Wildlife On Camera
Scientists who study animals frequently have unique opportunities to view animals in the wild. And, as part of a photo competition hosted by scientific publisher BioMed, ecological experts from undergrads to renowned professors are sharing these moments on film - "sometimes startling, sometimes beautiful and sometimes both," as one of the judges put it.
Young king penguins, numbering thousands of chicks, cluster together in a colony. (Photo: Laetitia Kernaleguen)
An infant slender loris, having been "parked" on this branch by mom as she hunts for bugs, is all eyes for the camera. (Photo: Sayantan Das)
Eastern swallowtail butterflies snack on mineral deposits on a riverbank. (Photo: J. P. Lawrence)
A nocturnal Namaqua rock mouse gets a dusting of Pagoda Lily pollen while licking up nectar - the first time this pollination behavior has been observed. (Photo: Petra Wester)
As night begins to fall, geladas acrobatically descend toward their sleeping roosts. (Photo: Ryan J. Burke)
A parasitic fly zooms toward a Camponotus morosus ant. (Photo: Bernardo Segura)
A black-browed albatross and fledgling on one of the Falkland Islands. (Photo: Letizia Campioni)
Photographer Souvik Mandal waited about an hour to snap a photo of these shy spotted owlets. (Photo: Souvik Mandal)
A male wasp mates with a female wasp - for just a few seconds - while she hunts a cricket. (Photo: Bernardo Segura)
A soldier crab army is on the march through mangrove roots. (Photo: Matthew Nitschke)
A herd of wildebeest graze on savannah grass in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. (Photo: Graeme Shannon)
As a moth searches for nectar, a euglossine bee falls prey to a crab spider. (Photo: Andrew J. Crawford)
A mother chimpanzee and her infant feed on figs, 80 feet above the ground. (Photo: Alain Houle)
All photos via BMC Ecology Image Competition.