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A pair of Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris) engage in combat over the right to mate with a harem of females.  These battles are often violent and bloody.  Although the winner becomes the "beachmaster" his work is not yet finished.  The losers hang out on the periphery of the harem and try to sneak a chance to mate with a female while the beachmaster isn't looking.  The dominant male must stay vigilant and constantly chase off these sneaker males.⠀
A pair of Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris) engage in combat over the right to mate with a harem of females. These battles are often violent and bloody. Although the winner becomes the "beachmaster" his work is not yet finished. The losers hang out on the periphery of the harem and try to sneak a chance to mate with a female while the beachmaster isn't looking. The dominant male must stay vigilant and constantly chase off these sneaker males.⠀
A Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovers in the water column on a night dive in Indonesia's Lembeh Strait.  If you look closely, you can see the #chromatophores - or pigment-containing cells just beneath the surface of the skin - that allow the squid to rapidly change color.  This squid changed from the gold color you see here, to a glacial blue, and back again within seconds.  No matter the color, the fine details of squid always look great against a clean black background.⠀
A Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovers in the water column on a night dive in Indonesia's Lembeh Strait. If you look closely, you can see the #chromatophores  - or pigment-containing cells just beneath the surface of the skin - that allow the squid to rapidly change color. This squid changed from the gold color you see here, to a glacial blue, and back again within seconds. No matter the color, the fine details of squid always look great against a clean black background.⠀
A good-sized Boa Constrictor from south of the border.  The boas in Northern Mexico don't get quite as large as they do further south, but they are still big, powerful, and beautiful - boas are always an exciting find in the field.⠀
A good-sized Boa Constrictor from south of the border. The boas in Northern Mexico don't get quite as large as they do further south, but they are still big, powerful, and beautiful - boas are always an exciting find in the field.⠀
Winter rains bring high water levels and rushing rapids to California's creeks and streams, like this remote #steelhead  creek in Big Sur.  I love shooting long exposures like this to convey a sense of motion in the water, but it is a delicate balance to maintain texture and proper exposure.⠀
Winter rains bring high water levels and rushing rapids to California's creeks and streams, like this remote #steelhead  creek in Big Sur. I love shooting long exposures like this to convey a sense of motion in the water, but it is a delicate balance to maintain texture and proper exposure.⠀
A Florida Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia floridana) stands guard just outside her burrow.  Although they have a spotty distribution in Florida, once you find them, they can be locally abundant, and routinely observed in the same locales if they are allowed to nest undistrubed.  Thankful to #browardcountyparks for protecting these resident owls.⠀
A Florida Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia floridana) stands guard just outside her burrow. Although they have a spotty distribution in Florida, once you find them, they can be locally abundant, and routinely observed in the same locales if they are allowed to nest undistrubed. Thankful to #browardcountyparks  for protecting these resident owls.⠀
Only 2 spots left in our 2018 Sea Otter Photo Workshop!!! Join @ecoexposurephotography and @seaottersavvy on a full day photo expedition focusing on sea otters!  There will also be plenty of opportunities to photograph other mammals, birds, and coastal wildlife.  In this unique workshop your guides will be local wildlife photographer and biologist Joe Tomoleoni of Eco Exposure Photography and sea otter biologist and founder of Sea Otter Savvy, Gena Bentall.  Price includes two boat trips during prime shooting time, and opportunities for land-based photography throughout the day.⠀
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February 17, 2018.  Moss Landing, California.  See you there!⠀
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Visit www.seaottersavvy.org/sea-otter-savvy-photography-workshop for more info.  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!⠀
Only 2 spots left in our 2018 Sea Otter Photo Workshop!!! Join @ecoexposurephotography and @seaottersavvy on a full day photo expedition focusing on sea otters! There will also be plenty of opportunities to photograph other mammals, birds, and coastal wildlife. In this unique workshop your guides will be local wildlife photographer and biologist Joe Tomoleoni of Eco Exposure Photography and sea otter biologist and founder of Sea Otter Savvy, Gena Bentall. Price includes two boat trips during prime shooting time, and opportunities for land-based photography throughout the day.⠀ ⠀ February 17, 2018. Moss Landing, California. See you there!⠀ ⠀ Visit www.seaottersavvy.org/sea-otter-savvy-photography-workshop for more info. ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!⠀
The Mosaic Boxer Crab (Lybia tesselata) is one awesome little crustacean.  Also called "pom-pom crabs," these decapods hold small anemones in their tiny claws, and wave them about when threatened.  Get too close to the boxer crab and it'll throw a stinging jab in your direction.  The anemones also help feed the crab.  The sticky tentacles gather small food particles which the crab carefully extracts from the anemone when food is in short supply.  I photographed this gravid female in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with @nadlembeh ⠀
The Mosaic Boxer Crab (Lybia tesselata) is one awesome little crustacean. Also called "pom-pom crabs," these decapods hold small anemones in their tiny claws, and wave them about when threatened. Get too close to the boxer crab and it'll throw a stinging jab in your direction. The anemones also help feed the crab. The sticky tentacles gather small food particles which the crab carefully extracts from the anemone when food is in short supply. I photographed this gravid female in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with @nadlembeh ⠀
Happy New Year!  Thanks for following @ecoexposurephotography !  I have some exciting workshops and trips coming up this year, and will be sharing a lot of new content with my IG fam, so stay tuned!  Let's kick off 2018 with a close-up look at the beautiful facial markings on a young Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi willardi). ⠀
Happy New Year! Thanks for following @ecoexposurephotography ! I have some exciting workshops and trips coming up this year, and will be sharing a lot of new content with my IG fam, so stay tuned! Let's kick off 2018 with a close-up look at the beautiful facial markings on a young Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi willardi). ⠀
The Big Island of Hawai'i is awash with landscape photography opportunities.  I caught this peaceful and #serene sunset in Anaehoomalu Bay on the Kohala Coast.  #travelphotographyoftheday
The Big Island of Hawai'i is awash with landscape photography opportunities. I caught this peaceful and #serene  sunset in Anaehoomalu Bay on the Kohala Coast. #travelphotographyoftheday 
Tanagers are among the most sought after birds in the neotropics by both photographers and birders alike.  This is a very diverse group of birds, and most species display striking and gaudy colors.  This beautiful Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta) is no exception.  One of the observation towers at @napowildlifecenter in Ecuador's Amazon Basin allowed me to peer in on a mating pair of these tanagers as they foraged in the rainforest canopy.⠀
Tanagers are among the most sought after birds in the neotropics by both photographers and birders alike. This is a very diverse group of birds, and most species display striking and gaudy colors. This beautiful Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta) is no exception. One of the observation towers at @napowildlifecenter in Ecuador's Amazon Basin allowed me to peer in on a mating pair of these tanagers as they foraged in the rainforest canopy.⠀
The Insular or Pacific Flying Fox (Pteropus tonganus) is a large species of Megabat (fruit bat) that is wide-spread throughout the South Pacific.  As I approached a small, remote, and uninhabited island in Fiji's Somosomo Strait via boat, I encountered hundreds of these bats circling just above the treetops.  With their 4ft wingspans and sheer numbers, these modern-day pterosaurs gave the scene an eerie and prehistoric feel.
The Insular or Pacific Flying Fox (Pteropus tonganus) is a large species of Megabat (fruit bat) that is wide-spread throughout the South Pacific. As I approached a small, remote, and uninhabited island in Fiji's Somosomo Strait via boat, I encountered hundreds of these bats circling just above the treetops. With their 4ft wingspans and sheer numbers, these modern-day pterosaurs gave the scene an eerie and prehistoric feel.
I just can't get enough #frogfish .  This juvenile Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus) from Indonesia's #lembehstrait is just too cool.  As an adult, this species of frogfish will morph into shades of orange, red, and green to match the sponges or reef in the immediate surroundings.  As a juvenile, this polk-a-dot beauty isn't fooling anyone.  The little guy is about the size of my thumbnail.
I just can't get enough #frogfish  . This juvenile Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus) from Indonesia's #lembehstrait  is just too cool. As an adult, this species of frogfish will morph into shades of orange, red, and green to match the sponges or reef in the immediate surroundings. As a juvenile, this polk-a-dot beauty isn't fooling anyone. The little guy is about the size of my thumbnail.
The Mexican Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei antonii) really blows away the Long-nosed Snakes found north of the border.  I love the clean lines and super contrast of the blacks and reds on these commonly encountered snakes.  And hey, they even sit still once in a while...⠀
The Mexican Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei antonii) really blows away the Long-nosed Snakes found north of the border. I love the clean lines and super contrast of the blacks and reds on these commonly encountered snakes. And hey, they even sit still once in a while...⠀
Fog on Northern California's Big Sur Coast is a common occurrence.  In this case, I was in the right place at the right time as the fogged crept ashore and perfectly framed the Bixby Bridge, one of the more iconic landmarks of Big Sur.⠀
Fog on Northern California's Big Sur Coast is a common occurrence. In this case, I was in the right place at the right time as the fogged crept ashore and perfectly framed the Bixby Bridge, one of the more iconic landmarks of Big Sur.⠀
Don't dismiss the Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) as just another crow or blackbird.  They're actually a member of the Cuckoo family.  They live in family groups and lay eggs in one communal nest.  This was one of many individuals encountered at #napowildlifecenter deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  The light was just right for this shot and showcases the beautiful iridescence of the Ani's feathers.⠀
Don't dismiss the Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) as just another crow or blackbird. They're actually a member of the Cuckoo family. They live in family groups and lay eggs in one communal nest. This was one of many individuals encountered at #napowildlifecenter  deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The light was just right for this shot and showcases the beautiful iridescence of the Ani's feathers.⠀
I encountered this pair of Giant Amazon River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) in a narrow creek, deep in the backwaters of Ecuador's Amazon Basin.  These huge otters are very near the top of the aquatic food chain in the Amazon.  Their large size (as long as an adult human), powerful claws and jaws, and ability to work together as a group make them a formidable foe for any potential challenger.  Most animals give them a wide berth.⠀
I encountered this pair of Giant Amazon River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) in a narrow creek, deep in the backwaters of Ecuador's Amazon Basin. These huge otters are very near the top of the aquatic food chain in the Amazon. Their large size (as long as an adult human), powerful claws and jaws, and ability to work together as a group make them a formidable foe for any potential challenger. Most animals give them a wide berth.⠀
The aptly named Blue Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) is one of my personal favorites of all the eels.  Striking indigo coloration, an incredibly long, ribbon-like body that is completely hypnotic - if you're ever lucky enough to see one out swimming in the open - and plumed nostrils that give this eel a very dragon-like appearance.  If only they breathed fire...⠀
The aptly named Blue Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) is one of my personal favorites of all the eels. Striking indigo coloration, an incredibly long, ribbon-like body that is completely hypnotic - if you're ever lucky enough to see one out swimming in the open - and plumed nostrils that give this eel a very dragon-like appearance. If only they breathed fire...⠀
A particularly attractive Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica) from our local hills.  This is a common species of salamander that can be quite easy to find once the winter rains begin to fall.⠀
A particularly attractive Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica) from our local hills. This is a common species of salamander that can be quite easy to find once the winter rains begin to fall.⠀