Shadowness - dominikaaniola http://shadowness.com Still learning, so don't be very hard on me. But good advice is always welcomed. You may want to subscribe me on FB and be up to date: https://ww... en Meerkat portrait http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/meerkat-portrait <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/meerkat-portrait"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/424166/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland Specie: Meerkat The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild. Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies averaging 20–30 members. Animals in the same group regularly groom each other to strengthen social bonds. Meerkats demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies; one or more meerkats stand sentry, while others are foraging or playing, to warn them of approaching dangers. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops signaling and the others feel safe to emerge. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:12 -0400 Southeastern Girdled Lizard http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/southeastern-girdled-lizard <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/southeastern-girdled-lizard"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/424165/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Specie: Southeastern Girdled Lizard Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland The Southeastern Girdled Lizard is the largest representative of its genus, as it can attain lengths of up to one metre, a large part of which is the tail, up to 70 cm. Indeed, natives of Madagascar call it the ‘small caiman’. They inhabit forest rivers and streams on the southeast coast of Madagascar. They are partially aquatic. Their long tails are compressed laterally and they can use them to propel themselves forward when swimming. They tend to flee from dangers by leaping into the water, in which they can also go underwater. The most important danger that populations face are the deforestation and degradation of their habitat, which is happening on the entire island. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:48:26 -0400 Lake Solina http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/lake-solina <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/lake-solina"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/422611/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: Lake Solina, Poland Lake Solina (Polish: Jezioro Solińskie) is an artificial lake in the Bieszczady Mountains region, more precisely in Lesko County of the Subcarpathian Voivodship of Poland. The lake was created in 1968 by the construction of the Solina Dam on the San River. It has an area of 22 square kilometres (8 sq mi) and contains 472 million cubic meters of water, making it Poland’s largest artificial lake. It is the best known tourist attraction of the region, with waterside villages like Solina, Myczkowce and Polańczyk catering to watersports enthusiasts. The lake’s great depth, water clarity, and mountainous scenery makes it a very popular destination for boaters. Because of these qualities the lake has been nicknamed the “Bieszczady Sea”. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:44:41 -0400 Rays Of Light http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/rays-of-light <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/rays-of-light"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/422608/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: Bohemian Switzerland, Czech Republic Bohemian Switzerland (Czech: České Švýcarsko ), also known as Czech Switzerland, is a picturesque region in the north-western Czech Republic. It lies on the Czech side of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains north of Děčín on both sides of the Elbe River. It extends eastward into the Lusatian Mountains and westward into the Ore Mountains. Its highest elevation is the mountain Děčínský Sněžník at 726m above sea level. It has been a protected area since 1972. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:42:18 -0400 Great Grey Owl http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/great-grey-owl <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/great-grey-owl"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/401285/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland Specie: Great Grey Owl The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl, and Sooty Owl. Adults have a big, rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey with pale bars. This owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor. Their breeding habitat is the dense coniferous forests of the taiga, near open areas, such as meadows or bogs. Great Grey Owls do not build nests, so typically use nests previously used by a large bird, such as a raptor. On the nesting grounds, they mainly hunt at night and near dawn and dusk; at other times, they are active mostly during the night. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:31:11 -0500 Autumn Goose http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/autumn-goose <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/autumn-goose"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/401284/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland Specie: Canada Goose The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a goose with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body. Native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, it also occasionally migrates to northern Europe, and has been introduced to Britain, New Zealand, and other temperate regions. This species ranges from 75 to 110 cm (30 to 43 in) in length and has a *127*–*185* cm (50–73 in) wingspan. The male usually weighs 3.2–6.5 kg (7.1–14 lb), and can be very aggressive in defending territory. Canada Geese are primarily herbivores, although they sometimes eat small insects and fish. Their diet includes green vegetation and grains. The Canada Goose eats a variety of grasses when on land. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:30:06 -0500 Strzecha Akademicka http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/strzecha-akademicka <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/strzecha-akademicka"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/400137/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: Karkonosze National Park, Poland Strzecha Akademicka is one of the mountain huts in this region, visible on this photo. The Karkonosze National Park (Polish: Karkonoski Park Narodowy) is a National Park in the Karkonosze (Czech: Krkonoše) Mountains in southwestern Poland, along the border with the Czech Republic. The park is located in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the highest part of the Sudetes. It was created in 1959 to cover an area of 55.10 km². Today it is slightly larger at 55.76 km2 (21.53 sq mi), of which 17.18 km² is strictly protected. The majority of the park area, around 33.80 km², consists of forests. In 1992 Karkonosze National Park, together with the neighbouring Czech National Park, became part of the Krkonose / Karkonosze biosphere reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MaB) programme. Also, 40 hectares of peat bogs were designated a Ramsar international wetland site. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:39:40 -0500 Meerkat http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/meerkat <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/meerkat"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/400136/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland Specie: Meerkat The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild. Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies averaging 20–30 members. Animals in the same group regularly groom each other to strengthen social bonds. Meerkats demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies; one or more meerkats stand sentry, while others are foraging or playing, to warn them of approaching dangers. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops signaling and the others feel safe to emerge. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:38:41 -0500 I See You http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/i-see-you <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/i-see-you"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/397910/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland Specie: Great Grey Owl The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl, and Sooty Owl. Adults have a big, rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey with pale bars. This owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor. Their breeding habitat is the dense coniferous forests of the taiga, near open areas, such as meadows or bogs. Great Grey Owls do not build nests, so typically use nests previously used by a large bird, such as a raptor. On the nesting grounds, they mainly hunt at night and near dawn and dusk; at other times, they are active mostly during the night. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Sun, 22 Dec 2013 03:19:29 -0500 The Pilgrims http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/the-pilgrims <a href="http://shadowness.com/dominikaaniola/the-pilgrims"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/397909/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Location: Karkonosze National Park, Poland The Karkonosze National Park (Polish: Karkonoski Park Narodowy) is a National Park in the Karkonosze (Czech: Krkonoše) Mountains in southwestern Poland, along the border with the Czech Republic. The Pilgrims is a granite rock formation with height up to 25 meters. Named like that because of its resemblance to the group of people. The legend says, Pilgrims were once sinful travellers that were turn into stone by the Mountain Spirit, disappointed by their behaviour. If they ever reach the sea it will be the end of the world. Copyright © by Dominika Anioła Sun, 22 Dec 2013 03:18:01 -0500