This photo was taken exactly 8 weeks ago today. It was the very first photo Mum and Dad ever took of me after bringing me back to my forever home. I’ve done a lot of growing since then, but a few things have stayed the same: I’m still fluffy, I’m still a little ball of fun, and I’m still cute AF.
So today was not all about cute fluffy Seal Pups. This moment nearly bought tears to my eyes. This young pup was cuddled up to another dead pup for quite a few hours. Now not 100% sure why it was doing this, I can only assume it has been abandoned by its mother and is using the body of the other Seal as some sort of comfort. None the less it was heartbreaking to watch! Wildlife can be so cruel at times. Taken on 600mm lens with a heavy crop.
Found this dude chillin' in a gap in the canopy. At #SachaLodge , there are actually hundreds of these super curious monkeys running around the huts and jungle alike.
It is thought that the population size is so high because many of the natural predators have been removed, including human hunters. And? Well, another observation by guides in this area is that there are fewer insects on night walks than they would usually find.. is there a link?
Who knows, but it is definitely important to consider the relationship between different trophic levels in relatively closed, private landscapes.
Blissful reading with salmon river flowing outside the window @ballynahinchcastle. This book is The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke. I read an interview in The Sunday Times had to find out more (jolly inspiring it is, too @luckycooke) ✨
#TriviaTuesday : This blue-headed bird was spotted on a hike along Hicks Haul Road in the Limestone Canyon Preserve. Can you identify it? (Hint: this finch-like bird is related to cardinals and grosbeaks.) 🌾