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),
or photos .
Or some new background info of an animal (group) and my encounters with them.
You can also find some technical site updates here.
02 Sep 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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!