Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting

Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting is a personal, non-profit educational and citizen scientist's project.

I'm Schaapmans, an enthusiastic wildlife photographer from The Netherlands with a passion for biodiversity, conservation and taxonomy. In layman's terms that means that I love to know how animals are evolutionary related to each other in the tree of life. And I'd like to make my own contribution to the conservation of animals and biodiversity. All of that starts with awareness and knowledge. That is also where the educational character of this website comes in.

I've grouped the photos - and some videos - by the relation and common ancestry the animals on the photos share. Unfortunately, a lot of animals are threatened in their existence. To get an idea of how threatened a group of animals is, you can go through them grouped by conservation status according to the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species. And then there is the old blog of course, since 2009 I've been blogging about my travels and encounters with wildlife, both in The Netherlands and far abroad.
With my - sometimes rare - photos of wildlife I also contribute to biodiversity projects like Encyclopedia Of LifeLink to an external page in a new window, Wildscreen ARKiveLink to an external page in a new window and Wildscreen ExchangeLink to an external page in a new window.

Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting is a personal, non-profit educational and citizen scientist's project.

I'm Schaapmans, an enthusiastic wildlife photographer from The Netherlands with a passion for biodiversity, conservation and taxonomy. In layman's terms that means that I love to know how animals are evolutionary related to each other in the tree of life. And I'd like to make my own contribution to the conservation of animals and biodiversity. All of that starts with awareness and knowledge. That is also where the educational character of this website comes in.

I've grouped the photos - and some videos - by the relation and common ancestry the animals on the photos share. Unfortunately, a lot of animals are threatened in their existence. To get an idea of how threatened a group of animals is, you can go through them grouped by conservation status according to the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species. And then there is the old blog of course, since 2009 I've been blogging about my travels and encounters with wildlife, both in The Netherlands and far abroad.
With my - sometimes rare - photos of wildlife I also contribute to biodiversity projects like Encyclopedia Of LifeLink to an external page in a new window, Wildscreen ARKiveLink to an external page in a new window and Wildscreen ExchangeLink to an external page in a new window.

RSS Feed: site updates and blogs Atom Feed: site updates and blogs

The Latest Updates

To have a quick overview of the latest stuff I've added, have a look below. That way you won't miss out on my latest blog posts , entire new pages for an animal (with photos), added videos Added a new video to an existing page or photos Added new photo(s) to an existing page. Or some new background info Added new content (text) to an existing pageof an animal (group) and my encounters with them. You can also find some technical site updates A technical (code) update here.

01 Jul 2014
Added a new blog post Wildscreen Exchange and tagging photos. How to do it?; A blog on (machine) tags that help your photos get organized and findable.
If you contribute photos to biodiversity and conservation projects like Encyclopedia Of Life and Wildscreen ARKive, people need to understand your photos. What is in it? What animals do we see? Where was the photo taken? For that purpose you tag your photos. And for automatic and easier processing, you add machine tags to your photos on Flickr.
That is precisely what I do. Actually, all photos on my site are filtered and displayed based on those tags.
With the new Wildscreen Exchange initiative, there will be a need for being able to automatically process the photos as well. But. There is no standard for the tagging of photos yet. So I've started a discussion on Flickr to see what the tagging standard should be.
How should you tag your photos? What do I use?
I've been contributing my wildlife photos to ARKive (now Wildscreen ARKive) and Encyclopedia Of Life groups for years. I've used extensive tagging (machine tags) as a way to be able to determine what is in the photograph. ...
01 Jul 2014
Added a new blog post Wildscreen Exchange - The new conservation initiative with photos; Attention all Flickr users! Wildscreen - formerly known as ARKive where Schaapmans contributes his photos - is developing an exciting new initiative, the Wildscreen Exchange, and we are looking for contributions. Are you interested in donating images to empower conservation organisations and support their campaigns, education and storytelling? Head on over to the new Wildscreen Exchange Flickr group to find out more.
And what is this Wildscreen Exchange?
Launching Autumn 2014, Wildscreen Exchange will be a unique global hub for all conservation communications. It will empower conservation organisations with free and affordable premium digital media to enable the most inspiring and impactful campaigning, educating and storytelling. ...
18 Jun 2014
A technical (code) update of the site Redesign of the home page: magazine style; Did a redesign of the home page. The elements (blocks) are still the same, but now a multi-column lay-out, magazine style. Before the so called page fold you also have a column of photos and the updates visible. The grouping of elements and information now makes more sense and the whole lay-out is more appealing and easier to read. Also the home page is fully responsive; based on your screen size - whether it is a big computer monitor, a small laptop, an iPad or mobile device, you will see 3, 2 or 1 fluid columns with the most relevant information on top. Just try for yourself by resizing your browser window on your computer. I hope it will make it easier for you to use this website. Comments are welcome of course!
15 Jun 2014
Added new photo(s) to an existing page Photos of the African Hoopoe; Added 6 photos of the African Hoopoe, a subspecies of the Hoopoe. Shot at Lake Nakuru in Kenya.
15 Jun 2014
Added new content (text) to an existing page Backgrounds on the Hoopoe family and its taxonomy; Added an introduction about Hoopoes (Hops) and my spotting of Hoopoes at Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Also discussed some background information on the Hoopoe family and their place in the taxonomy: to what bird order do Hoopoes actually belong?
14 Jun 2014
A technical (code) update of the site New icons in the text to indicate external links or blogs; In text blocks there can be quite some links. To be able to identify external linksLink to an external page in a new window, links to FlickrLink to an external Flickr photo page in a new window, links to my blogLink to a blog on this site and in some cases links to pagesLink to a page on this site within this site, I've added small icons, so you know where you go when you click. External links always open in a new window.

You can also have a look at an overview of all updates.

Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting is a personal, non-profit educational and citizen scientist's project.

I'm Schaapmans, an enthusiastic wildlife photographer from The Netherlands with a passion for biodiversity, conservation and taxonomy. In layman's terms that means that I love to know how animals are evolutionary related to each other in the tree of life. And I'd like to make my own contribution to the conservation of animals and biodiversity. All of that starts with awareness and knowledge. That is also where the educational character of this website comes in.

I've grouped the photos - and some videos - by the relation and common ancestry the animals on the photos share. Unfortunately, a lot of animals are threatened in their existence. To get an idea of how threatened a group of animals is, you can go through them grouped by conservation status according to the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species. And then there is the old blog of course, since 2009 I've been blogging about my travels and encounters with wildlife, both in The Netherlands and far abroad.
With my - sometimes rare - photos of wildlife I also contribute to biodiversity projects like Encyclopedia Of LifeLink to an external page in a new window, Wildscreen ARKiveLink to an external page in a new window and Wildscreen ExchangeLink to an external page in a new window.

RSS Feed: site updates and blogs Atom Feed: site updates and blogs

The Latest Updates

To have a quick overview of the latest stuff I've added, have a look below. That way you won't miss out on my latest blog posts , entire new pages for an animal (with photos), added videos Added a new video to an existing page or photos Added new photo(s) to an existing page. Or some new background info Added new content (text) to an existing pageof an animal (group) and my encounters with them. You can also find some technical site updates A technical (code) update here.

01 Jul 2014
Added a new blog post Wildscreen Exchange and tagging photos. How to do it?; A blog on (machine) tags that help your photos get organized and findable.
If you contribute photos to biodiversity and conservation projects like Encyclopedia Of Life and Wildscreen ARKive, people need to understand your photos. What is in it? What animals do we see? Where was the photo taken? For that purpose you tag your photos. And for automatic and easier processing, you add machine tags to your photos on Flickr.
That is precisely what I do. Actually, all photos on my site are filtered and displayed based on those tags.
With the new Wildscreen Exchange initiative, there will be a need for being able to automatically process the photos as well. But. There is no standard for the tagging of photos yet. So I've started a discussion on Flickr to see what the tagging standard should be.
How should you tag your photos? What do I use?
I've been contributing my wildlife photos to ARKive (now Wildscreen ARKive) and Encyclopedia Of Life groups for years. I've used extensive tagging (machine tags) as a way to be able to determine what is in the photograph. ...
01 Jul 2014
Added a new blog post Wildscreen Exchange - The new conservation initiative with photos; Attention all Flickr users! Wildscreen - formerly known as ARKive where Schaapmans contributes his photos - is developing an exciting new initiative, the Wildscreen Exchange, and we are looking for contributions. Are you interested in donating images to empower conservation organisations and support their campaigns, education and storytelling? Head on over to the new Wildscreen Exchange Flickr group to find out more.
And what is this Wildscreen Exchange?
Launching Autumn 2014, Wildscreen Exchange will be a unique global hub for all conservation communications. It will empower conservation organisations with free and affordable premium digital media to enable the most inspiring and impactful campaigning, educating and storytelling. ...
18 Jun 2014
A technical (code) update of the site Redesign of the home page: magazine style; Did a redesign of the home page. The elements (blocks) are still the same, but now a multi-column lay-out, magazine style. Before the so called page fold you also have a column of photos and the updates visible. The grouping of elements and information now makes more sense and the whole lay-out is more appealing and easier to read. Also the home page is fully responsive; based on your screen size - whether it is a big computer monitor, a small laptop, an iPad or mobile device, you will see 3, 2 or 1 fluid columns with the most relevant information on top. Just try for yourself by resizing your browser window on your computer. I hope it will make it easier for you to use this website. Comments are welcome of course!
15 Jun 2014
Added new photo(s) to an existing page Photos of the African Hoopoe; Added 6 photos of the African Hoopoe, a subspecies of the Hoopoe. Shot at Lake Nakuru in Kenya.
15 Jun 2014
Added new content (text) to an existing page Backgrounds on the Hoopoe family and its taxonomy; Added an introduction about Hoopoes (Hops) and my spotting of Hoopoes at Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Also discussed some background information on the Hoopoe family and their place in the taxonomy: to what bird order do Hoopoes actually belong?
14 Jun 2014
A technical (code) update of the site New icons in the text to indicate external links or blogs; In text blocks there can be quite some links. To be able to identify external linksLink to an external page in a new window, links to FlickrLink to an external Flickr photo page in a new window, links to my blogLink to a blog on this site and in some cases links to pagesLink to a page on this site within this site, I've added small icons, so you know where you go when you click. External links always open in a new window.

You can also have a look at an overview of all updates.