6 September 2016

Common Genet (Genetta genetta)
Companhia das Lezirias, Porto Alto, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 (at 26mm) + 2 x Nikon SB-26 + IR cell beam
iso 400, 1/250, f7.1

One of the mammals I most enjoy photographing is the Common Genet. They are very elegant, agile and extraordinarily calm. Sometimes they even fall asleep before the camera, indifferent to the shooting of cameras and flashes! 

22 August 2016

European Badger (Meles meles)
Alcochete, Portugal
Nikon D700 + Tokina 17-35mm f4 (at 17mm) + 3 x Nikon SB-26 + IR cell beam
iso 1600, 1/250, f10

"Montados" - basically forests of cork oaks, holm oaks or both - occupy large areas in South Portugal. Cork oak "montados" provide a considerable income that results from the cork industry. They also constitute important habitats for many animals, such as this badger who recently saw the cork being taken from the tree near its burrow.

22 July 2016

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Alcochete, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 (at 22mm) + 3 x Nikon SB-26 + IR cell beam
iso 400, 1/250, f11

I chose this willows copse top photograph the Common Genet and the Stone Marten, two nocturnal carnivores occuring in Portugal. During the day, the sensor detected some passerines and this Commom Buzzard that randomly chose this place to rest...

30 June 2016

European Badger (Meles meles)
Alcochete, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (at 20mm) + 2 x Nikon SB-26 + IR cell beam
iso 500, 1/250, f10

In the evening, a badger's cub leaves its lair, in the middle of a pine forest. European badgers are excellent diggers and their burrows are often complex and labyrinthine, and can have more than a dozen entrances.

5 May 2016

Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Montesinho NP, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (at 30mm) + Passive IR cell beam
iso 500, 1/5, f8

On an evening in late winter, a Roe Deer is surprised (at last!) by a camera discreetly placed near a track. The sun, after hidden behing the mountain tops, still provites a gentle light that warms the whole landscape.

7 April 2016

 Greater Horseshoe Bat
(Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)
Beira Baixa, Portugal
Nikon D3s, Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR + 10xNikon SB28 + Jama BIR2 (IR cell beam)
ISO800, 64 sec., f11

One night, under the moonlight, a Greater Horseshoe Bat patrol the banks of a river in search of insects.

1 March 2016

Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)
Montesinho NP, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 (at 22mm) + 4xNikon SB28 + TrailMaster TM550 (passive IR cell beam)
ISO500, 1/250, f7.1

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Montesinho NP, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 (at 22mm) + 4xNikon SB28 + TrailMaster TM550 (passive IR cell beam)
ISO500, 1/250, f7.1

During a snow storm at night, a Red Fox activates the set. Far from the ancient track, the remaining image would soon be erased, were it not for this short story. In the next image saved in the card, two days later (this winter, two days were enough to melt all the fallen snow), a Wild Boar poses for the camera. Why did he assume such a pose during the snowy night? Alternatively, why wasn’t it also snowing in the night when it did pose? By the way, was it too difficult for the fox to actually tread the old path? One must be persistent, things will end up happening after all…

30 January 2016

Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
Serra do Caramulo, Portugal
Nikon D3s, Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR + 2xNikon SB28 + Jama BIR2 (IR cell beam)
ISO1600, 1/200, f8

By late October, a small Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) looks for chestnuts forgotten under a large Chestnut tree. Soon the inclement winter n the mountain will cover the forest with snow. The reserves amassed by the small rodent will then be crucial to its survival.

1 November 2015

Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti)
Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal
Nikon D300, Nikon 500mm f4 + Nikon TC-14EII (=700mm)
ISO200, 1/800, f7.1

Atop a holm oak, this Iberian Imperial Eagle watches over its territory. Once extinct in Portugal as a nesting bird, this eagle appears tobe coming back. Basically, recuperating this bird of prey depends on what will happen to the greatly decimated population of the European Rabbit.

27 August 2015

Coral Crab (Trapezia sp.)
Balicasag (Panglao, Bohol), Philippines
Nikon D80 + Nikon 60mm f2.8 + Patima PDCH-D80 (underwater housing) + 2x Inon Z-240
iso 100, 1/200, f/20

Inside a coral, a small Coral Crab seeks shelter from potential predators. For these small cratures, life on reef is full of danger and menaces.

25 June 2015

Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)
Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR + 8x Nikon SB-26 + Jama BIR2
iso 800, 31s, f/11

Some species of bats, like the Greater Horseshoe Bat, are known for carrying their young as they fly. Nevertheless, this curious detail of their behaviour is seldom shown on photos.

25 May 2015

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 (at 29mm) + 3x Nikon SB-26
iso 400, 1/250, f/7.1

When someone asks why I place a camera trap set in a certain location, I often reply that it is meant for whatever goes by there. Obviously I have my expectation as to what that might be, but the fact is that much of the creatures that end up activating the camera are not exactly the ones I am trying to photograph. In this instance, a Grey Heron was detected by the cell beam, causing the camera shoot, whereas the image I was really trying to capture was that of an European Otter.

8 May 2015

Mediterranean Chamaleon (Chamaleo chamaleon)
Mata de Montegordo (Algarve), Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 + 4x Nikon SB-26
iso 500, 1/250, f/14

In the beggining of autumm, a chameleon feeds on a grasshoper. It accumulates reserves for a short hibernation, which will extend threough the winter months.

1 May 2015

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Serra de Grândola, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.5 (@ 26mm) + 3x Nikon SB-26 + TM-1550
iso 400, 1/250, f/9

Life's beggining was rough for this young Red Fox. Barely over one month old this cub and its two brothers caught scabies, which gives it this hairless look and general thinness. Nevertheless, they appear to be able to resist the rather serious disease.

14 April 2015

Common Genet's (Genetta genetta) making of
Nikon D800 + Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 (@ 19mm) + 4x Nikon SB-26 + TM-1550
iso 400, 1/250, f/16

Common Genet (Genetta genetta)
Nikon D800 + Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 (@ 19mm) + 4x Nikon SB-26 + TM-1550
iso 400, 1/250, f/11

On the first image, the child in the bag smiles while I prepare the setting. Notice the look on my face denoting effort! This is one of those photos that simply happen when the sensor is accindentally activated, as the equipment is being prepared...
On the second image, the Genet that inhabits the place crosses the path at dawn. As expected, as the animal goes by the sensor activates the camera, which turn makes the four flashes go.
A few days only mediate between chance and a programmed photo.

15 March 2015

Horseshoe Whip Snake (Coluber hippocrepis)
Serra do Caramulo, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 60mm f2.8 AFS + reflector
iso 800, 1/125, f/20

On a May evening, a Horseshoe Whip Snake takes advantage from a few sun rays to warm. The large granite boulders. atop Caramulo Mountains, preserve the heat that has warmed them during the day, until a bit later.

5 January 2015

European Otter (Lutra lutra)
Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 500mm f4 VR + floating hide
iso 1600, 1/160, f/8

During 2014 I tried to hunt for the same opportunities I had at the end of the summer 2013, to photograph European Otters. Nevertheless, in spite of my many efforts, I did not have the same luck as before, something that is always necessary if one is to obtain shots as rare as this one. Although widely distributed throughout the country, European Otters are exceptionally hard to see and to photograph, being quite elusive and of predominantly nocturnal habits.

21 December 2014

Crocodile Fish (Cymbacephalus beauforti)
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Nikon D80 + Nikon 60mm f2.8 AF-S + Patima PDCH-D80 underwater housing + 2x Inon Z-240
iso 100, 1/200, f/16

A Crocodile Fish is resting at the bottom of the reef, off Palawan Island, in the Philippines. The bizarre aspect of this fish, whose head is vaguely remindful of a crocodile's, acts also as an excelent camouflage.

30 October 2014

Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)
Erges river, Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 105 mm f2.8 VR + 9 x Nikon SB-26 (with Rosco speedlight filters) +  2 x Jama BIR2 (IR cell beam)
iso 1600, 30 seconds, f/9

A moonlight night. A Greater Horseshoe Bat roams the riverbanks hunting for insects. At dawn it will get back to the old abandoned mine that shelters its colony from light and heat.

10 October 2014

Andalusian Barbel (Barbus sclateri)
Mértola, Guadiana NP, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Subal ND300 housing + Nikon 10.5mm f 2,8
iso 400, 1/ 250, f/10

Portugal. Up North, clear waters, many mountain rivers, not many big fishes; down South, larger species but dirty, closed waters, little opportunities for photos. At the time I was interested in registering some of the preys of the European Otter – in this instance, an Andalusian Barbel – to complete an article about that particular mammal, later published by National Geographic Portugal. The opportunity arrived on morning in March, after a series of failed attempts, during a short period a couple of weeks after strong rain, following winter. It is certainly one of my favorite photos.

7 October 2014

Iberian Ibex (Capra pyrenaica)
Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 500mm f4
iso 250, 1/1600, f/8

Iberian Ibexes, recently introduced in Portugal, inhabit the steepest cliffs of Peneda-Gerês National Park, in Alto Minho. The image illustrates their capacity for walking on the most vertiginous slopes.

27 August 2014

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Baixo Mondego, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 (at 170mm)
iso 200, 1/200, f/8

The purpose of this photo was to ilustrate the problem of electrocution and collision of white storks with structures of electric networks. A sunset with black clouds hiding the sky enabled this image.

Photo taken for the book "O Regresso da Cegonha-branca", published in 2010 in co-autorship with my good friend and photographer Luis Quinta.

4 August 2014

Grey Long-eared Bat (Plecotus austriacus)
Serra do Alvão NP, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 (at 150mm) + 2x Jama BIR2 + 8x Nikon SB-26
iso 400, 20 sec., f/11

A Grey Long-eared Bat roams an orchard in search of insects. This is one of the 25 species of bats occuring in Portugal.

4 July 2014

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)
Tejo Internacional, Portugal
Nikon D3s + Nikon 500mm f4 VR
iso 500, 1/1250, f/5

Camouflage... the weapons Nature invents are manifold...

12 June 2014

Griffon vultures
Tejo Internacional, Portugal
Nikon D300 + Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 + Jama Bir2 (IR cell beam)
iso 200, 1/125, f/14

After each session, I assess what went wrong. In this instance, two points needed correction: use greater speed (in this image the problem is not as obvious as in others, where there were rapid movements of the griffon vultures’ heads) and try a better composition, filling up the empty space, especially on the lower right corner, which partly resulted from the position of the goat’s body. When photographing wildlife, luck plays a lesser role than is sometimes thought…

3 June 2014

zebras and giraffes
Krugger NP, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Nikon D300 + Nikon 300mm f4
iso 400, 1/200, f/8

8 April 2014

Redwood National Park

Nikon D3s + Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 (16mm) + 2x Nikon SB-28 

iso 1000, 1/20, f/9

Redwood National Park
Nikon D3s + Nikon 60mm f2.8 AFS
iso 1000, 1/8, f/8

Redwood National Park
Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm f2.8
iso 400, 1/15, f/10

In my opinion, Redwood National Park is the most beautiful of California national parks, and that includes others as famous as Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley and Kings Canyon. Walking through its sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, certainly amongst the prettiest I have visited, our imagination is carried to a world of elves and monsters.

17 March 2014

Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus)

The week was devoted to carrying on the work with micro-mammals. In my opinion, the most beautiful species occurring in Portugal is the Garden Dormouse, a relatively uncommon species that nevertheless may be found in large numbers in certain spots.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm AFS + Canon 430 EXII + 2x Canon 580 EXII + Jama BIR2
iso 200, 1/160, f/9

29 January 2014

Common Genet (Genetta genetta)

Lately I have been putting the final touches to a photographic work with mammals, for which I use cells of infrared beams. The species I have been photographing includ the Common Genet, a fundamentally nocturnal animal and a good climber. Common Genets will roam in the night in search of preys.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm + Canon 430 EXII + 2x Canon 580 EXII + Jama BIR2
iso 320, 1/250, f/13

24 December 2013

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
Klamath river, Redwood NP, CA, USA

In the river mouth, the Klamath finally meets the ocean. California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals hunt salmons that take advantage of the currents caused by the first rains to climb the river.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 500mm f4 VR
iso 100, 1/320, f/11