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.

02 Sep 2014
Added an entire new page (with photos) for an animal Added Poplar Hawk-moth caterpillars; Two Poplar Hawk-moths / Populierenpijlstaarten (Laotho populi) were chewing on my bonsai willow on the terrace. Entire branches were munched clean of leaves in just a day or two. One was not so big, about 4 cm in length, the other one was quite big, about 7 cm. I took some photos and then gently cut the branches where they were clamping onto off the tree and put them on a plate next to the bird's basin. Within the hour an Eurasian Magpie took off with them. My willow saved and a bird fed.
25 Aug 2014
Added an entire new page (with photos) for an animal Photo Special: WWF Souvenir Alert; The Municipality of Zeist in The Netherlands (Gemeente Zeist) had a collection of two crates with 'wildlife souvenirs' that gathered dust in their archives. They decided to donate this collection to the WWF The Netherlands (WNF Nederland). WWF has launched the Souvenir Alert campaign back in 2000 to create awareness of illegal wildlife trade. And what stuff - like corals, crocodile leather - not to bring back from your holidays. Since I'm a volunteer for the WWF, I decided to photograph this collection of corals, starfish, shells and fish. For the beauty of these pieces of nature and to create more awareness for illegal wildlife trading.
16 Aug 2014
Added a new blog post A Day At The Zoo... Or not?; Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting is mainly about wildlife. Animals out in the wild. I have taken photos in zoos as well and are always aware that captivity is stressful for animals and most species will not particularly thrive in zoos, unfortunately. Also, the conservation effort and goals many zoos have are effectively just marketing; they only want to display attractive animals, not animals that need the most conservation and can benefit the most from breeding programs. Animals have to be cuddly. If you are ugly and slimy: zoos will not take many steps to keep you from extinction. The efforts and money spent on conservation at zoos is marginal as well. Unfortunately. ...
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!

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.

02 Sep 2014
Added an entire new page (with photos) for an animal Added Poplar Hawk-moth caterpillars; Two Poplar Hawk-moths / Populierenpijlstaarten (Laotho populi) were chewing on my bonsai willow on the terrace. Entire branches were munched clean of leaves in just a day or two. One was not so big, about 4 cm in length, the other one was quite big, about 7 cm. I took some photos and then gently cut the branches where they were clamping onto off the tree and put them on a plate next to the bird's basin. Within the hour an Eurasian Magpie took off with them. My willow saved and a bird fed.
25 Aug 2014
Added an entire new page (with photos) for an animal Photo Special: WWF Souvenir Alert; The Municipality of Zeist in The Netherlands (Gemeente Zeist) had a collection of two crates with 'wildlife souvenirs' that gathered dust in their archives. They decided to donate this collection to the WWF The Netherlands (WNF Nederland). WWF has launched the Souvenir Alert campaign back in 2000 to create awareness of illegal wildlife trade. And what stuff - like corals, crocodile leather - not to bring back from your holidays. Since I'm a volunteer for the WWF, I decided to photograph this collection of corals, starfish, shells and fish. For the beauty of these pieces of nature and to create more awareness for illegal wildlife trading.
16 Aug 2014
Added a new blog post A Day At The Zoo... Or not?; Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting is mainly about wildlife. Animals out in the wild. I have taken photos in zoos as well and are always aware that captivity is stressful for animals and most species will not particularly thrive in zoos, unfortunately. Also, the conservation effort and goals many zoos have are effectively just marketing; they only want to display attractive animals, not animals that need the most conservation and can benefit the most from breeding programs. Animals have to be cuddly. If you are ugly and slimy: zoos will not take many steps to keep you from extinction. The efforts and money spent on conservation at zoos is marginal as well. Unfortunately. ...
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!

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