To have an 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.
05 Jan 2015
Bedreigde blauwvintonijn brengt ruim 30.000 euro op in Japan
Met hoge prijzen 'vieren' dat de blauwvintonijn met uitsterven wordt bedreigd. Verkoop zou gewoon verboden moeten zijn, net als de net zo bedreigde Europese paling. Als China een veiling zou organiseren met hoge prijzen voor pandavlees, zou er veel ophef zijn. Waarbij opgemerkt moet worden dat de panda minder bedreigd is dan de blauwvintonijn... Lees het artikel.
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!
15 Jun 2014
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
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 links
, links to Flickr
, links to my blog
and in some cases links to pages
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.
04 Jun 2014
Is the Great Blue Turaco a bit cuckoo?
A blog on a big blue bird and how to get cuckoo from its taxonomy.
"On my trip through Uganda I've only encountered one Turaco. Just one. But it happened to be one of the most beautiful Turacos: the Great Blue Turaco. In the morning we went to Kibale National Park in Uganda for watching the chimpanzees, in the afternoon to the neighbouring Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. A great place for birding and seeing lots of wildlife, especially monkeys. And between the trees and the vast fields of papyrus there was this Great Blue Turaco in a tree..."
04 Jun 2014
Added RSS and Atom feeds
For all site updates and blogs I now also generate an RSS feed and an Atom feed. In the Updates sections on the home page and the Updates page I have added icon links in the top right hand corner. If you have an RSS Reader extension in your browser, you can now also easily add this site to your list.
01 Jun 2014
Added Social Media
I've added Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to all pages. On the right hand top you can like, share or tweet that page, for each lightbox with a photo, you can like, pin, tweet or share that photo (page). There is a Facebook comments section at the bottom of each page for that specific page. And finally in the footer, there are links to like Wildlife Spotting on Facebook or follow me on Pinterest or Twitter.
29 May 2014
All photos listed in the sitemap
In the sitemap you can now see all photo pages listed as well. A quick way to discover what species do have photos and which do not (yet).
29 May 2014
Added separate pages for each photo
If you open the ligthbox for a photo, there is now a link to the page for that specific photo. This way it will be easier to retreive a photo or refer to a single photo (page).
25 May 2014
A young Mountain Gorilla
Added several photos of this 5 year old Mountain Gorilla, subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla. Also added the tribe Gorillini to the taxonomy.
24 May 2014
Added a new page for the Common Blackbird
A bunch of photos for this new page. Also interesting to see the difference in appearance between subspecies of the Blackbird (Merel) in The Netherlands and on the island of Madeira.
22 May 2014
Added a photo of a Blue Monkey
Encountered this Blue Monkey in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. I've also added the tribe Cercopithecini to the taxonomy.
22 May 2014
Added the Great Blue Turaco
I already had the Great Blue Turaco without photos, but reassessed the classification. Added 4 photos, gave the Turacos their own order and added a story about my encounter with the Great Blue Turaco and the changed classification.
22 May 2014
Restructured the taxonomy for Cuculiformes
Traditionally Cuculiformes (Turacos, Cuckoos, Coucals, Hoatzins) has 3 families. I moved the Turaco family to its own order. With a piece of text explaining how and why the classification changed.
20 May 2014
More unique photos of animal species
Adjusted the algorithm for displaying photos; you now see as many different species as possible for a taxonomic level. No clusters of the same animal anymore. You will stumble upon different types of animals easier. Also changed the photo search; more relevant photos instead of only more recent photos. Now you can find the most recent photos through the updates (this section).
20 May 2014
Added a section with backgrounds of Madagascar's Leaf-tail Geckos for the genus Uroplatus and its species.
20 May 2014
Antsingy Leaf Chameleon from Madagascar
Added a new page with a bunch of photos and an introduction of the Antsingy Leaf Chameleon. A tiny little dragon, one of the most beautiful chameleons of Madagascar.
19 May 2014
Golden Mantella from Madagascar
Added a new page with 3 photos and an introduction of the Golden Mantella in Madagascar. This frog is critically endangered, unfortunately.
18 May 2014
Large photos now shown in a lightbox
Previously when you clicked on a photo thumbnail, you were linked to Flickr. Now you stay on the site and a lightbox appears with a large photo or a videoplayer. A huge improvement in browsing through my site! It is way easier to look at my photos in high resolution.
16 May 2014
Strolling African Jacana
Added a photo of an African Jacana at the shores of the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth in Uganda.
15 May 2014
Taxonomic sub-levels fixed
Some suborders and subfamilies did not have any children on the site. Fixed now; with every taxonomic level you can drill down to e.g. the genus below.
15 May 2014
African Buffalo bathing
Added a photo of an African Buffalo taking a bath in the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
15 May 2014
A family of Giant Forest Hogs
Added 2 photos of a family of Giant Forest Hogs I encountered in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
13 May 2014
Indris in Madagascar
Added a large set of photos of the largest living lemur species. Taken in Analamazaotra National Park (Périnet).
13 May 2014
Added deeplink to species page above Flickr photo
On pages with Flickr photos (for a taxonomic level) you can now quickly find the species page for each photographed animal. Also added as first photo an graphical explanation of where what link leads to (Flickr and species page).
07 May 2014
Google Search optimized for mobile
There is now a separate search results page. Adjusted the search boxes and results so it is optimized as well for mobile screens. You can also search through my Flickr photos.
06 May 2014
Added a search box to the header, so you can now search this entire website quickly for the animals and blog posts you are looking for.
27 Apr 2014
New overview: updates
Added an overview of all updates to the home page and created an updates section; for the latest blog posts, new animal pages, photos and videos.