Majestic image of a King Penguin watching over HUNDREDS of adorable baby chicks wins prestigious photography award

Mail Online | 11/29/2018 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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Adrià López Baucells of the University of Lisbon's image 'Flying in the rain' shows a bat flying in the rain in Manaus, Brazil. It won the Individuals and Populations category. She said: 'If I was asked to pick one representative bat species in the Amazon, I would chose the Seba's short-tailed bat (Carollia perspicillata) without hesitation. It is one of the most common species in the Amazon region and is superabundant in young forests and regrowth vegetation, where it feeds on juicy fruits from pioneering plants such as Vismia or Cecropia. The Seba's short-tailed bat is one of those species that many people forget due to its commonness as our attention is focused on rare and surprising sightings. However, most of the essential ecosystem services on which our survival depends, such as seed dispersal, forest regeneration and recovery, will be carried out by species like C. perspicillata'

An image of a lone adult king penguin standing amongst a crowd of chicks has landed Chris Oosthuizen the first prize in the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, ‘Capturing Ecology’.

Images - Ecologists - Students - Competition - Diversity

With images taken by international ecologists and students, this competition celebrates the diversity of ecology.

Capturing flora and fauna from across the planet, subjects range from African wild dog research to an artistic take on Galapagos iguanas to images exploring the relationships between people and nature.

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'Although the global population of king penguins is large, populations inhabiting islands around the Antarctic face an uncertain future,' said Dr Oosthuizen of his winning image, which was taken while spending a year on the remote Marion Island - part of the Prince Edward Islands in the sub-Antarctic - conducting research on seals and killer whales.

'Global climate change may shift the oceanic fronts where they feed further away from breeding sites, forcing penguins to travel farther to reach their...
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