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I was photographing this Genista flower in the sunset when luckily a hover fly alighted. Everything was ready to take a good macro: I didn’t waste my chance!

Hoverfly on yellow Genista

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From Wikipedia: “The Golden Jackal (Canis aureus), also called the Asiatic, Oriental or Common Jackal, is a mammal of the order carnivora native to North and East Africa, Southeastern Europe and South Asia to Burma. It is the largest of the jackals, and the only species to occur outside Africa, with 12 different subspecies being recognised.”
I photographed this one in the Animal Park “La Torbiera”, with a technique called panning. It consists in following the movement of the subject while the camera shutter is open. It delivers a blurred background and sometimes a perfectly sharp subject (especially when it moves uniformly, like cars and motorbikes). The jackal was running so it too is blurred, but I think it adds to the overall sense of movement.

Golden Jackal

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A large bat who lives also in the Maldives. It can climb trees with the same ability that it shows while flying.

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IELTS Class, Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. A strange, golden insect on one of my paper sheet. Nothing more, nothing less (obviously).

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A Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) stalks fish among the reeds in the Glencoe Loch, Scotland, while the unfrequent sun glitters on the water surface.

Grey Heron in GlenCoe Lake

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In summer the Isle of Lunga in the Treshnish Isles, Scotland, Uk, is home to a large colony of Atlantic Puffins. These clown-like birds nest on holes they dig in the soft and grassy soil above high cliffs, from which it’s easy to take off for the bountiful sea. They are not scared by human presence, which is felt only during the summer months, they even seem to be curious about the colorful bipeds armed with strange electronic toys. It’s fairly easy to snap a portrait of the expressive head of these splendid birds, even with a pocket camera. But what I wanted to capture is the funny way they land, almost carried away by the strong winds, using the large webbed feet as flaps for last-split-second corrections. Thus, I sat in front of this rock, with a nice green background, and waited and waited for a clear scene and also for the perfect synchronization of my finger with the bird’s landing. This is the best of many tries. I hope you enjoy it!

Atlantic Puffin fight over landing spot

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Pay a visit to the Animal Park “La Torbiera” near Novara, Italy.
I went the fall of some years ago. The splendid animals have plenty of space to roam and I was immersed in a beautiful forest. The trees were shedding their leaves, covering the ground like a warm blanket.
It was autumn at its best!

Autumn Leaves

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