I was in Coron, Philippines to photograph the very shy but incredibly adorable dugong. There were about 40 dugongs living in the area, where seagrass is abundant, however, there was only 1 dugong that allowed scuba divers to come near. The locals call him ‘Aban’. Every morning, under the supervision of the guide and marine park police, we looked for Aban in his feeding ground. I waited patiently until he started feeding before I approached. There was a limit of 15 minutes of swim time per person with Aban, but it was enough to take some closeup portrait photos of him. In this photo, Aban sucked in the seagrass together with a lot of sand before it chomped the grass off. Opportunistic yellow pilot fish picked off any parasites or small crustacean found in the plume of sand.
This Mangrove Pit Viper is a well-known female of the Pasir Ris Mangroves. Being largely inactive throughout the day, it took many hours and much patience to wait for the moment where the snake positions its head in a perfect manner for a frontal shot. Blu is famous for its blue coloured body, compared to the browner individuals that are more commonly found, which therefore gives her the name.
Scientists believe Spotted Owls are monogamous - meaning the same pair stays together for life. They tend to re-use the same nest over and over during each new breeding season, though individual pairs do not necessarily breed every year
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