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Gerry van der Walt  Co founder of @wildeyesa Specialist private & photographic safari guide Public speaker 📧 Email: gerry@wild-eye.co.za 🇿🇦 Proudly South African

Hoping for some amazing sightings of these rare and unique animals when I head to the Great Bear Rainforest later this week!
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#WildEyeSA #SpiritBear #KermodeBear #BC #BritishColumbia #Canada #WildlifePhotography #PhotoSafari #Travel #Expedition #Explore #BucketList

The coastline along the Great Bear Rainforest has go to be one of the best places to see and photograph Humpback Whales.
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Later this week I will be back in this incredible place and I can’t wait to share the diverse beauty with my @wildeyesa guests.
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#WildEyeSA #GreatBearRainforest #BritishColumbia #Canada #Whales #HumpbackWhale #BubbleNetFeeding
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Check out my previous post for more on bubble-net feeding. 🐋👍🏻😊

Bubble-net feeding is a unique and complex feeding behavior engaged in by Humpback Whales.
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It is one of the few surface feeding behaviors that humpback whales are known to engage in. This type of feeding is often done in groups and group sizes can range from a minimum of two or three whales participating and up to sixty at one time.  Whales can also perform a similar method of surface feeding called lunge feeding but is done solo.
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As a group of whales circles a school of small fish such as salmon, krill, or herring they use a team effort to disorient and corral the fish into a net of bubbles.  One whale will typically begin to exhale out of their blowhole beneath the surface at the school of fish to begin the process.
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More whales will also start to blow bubbles while continuing to circle their prey. They corral the fish into a tight circle while creating a net of bubbles to surround the fish and keep them from escaping.
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The size of the net created can range from three to thirty meters in diameter.
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One whale will sound a feeding call, at which point all whales simultaneously swim upwards with mouths open to feed on the trapped fish.  As the whales swim up to the surface to feed they can hold up to 15,000 gallons of sea water as they use their baleen plates to strain the water to get the maximum amount of fish they need.
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Humpback whales have 14 to 35 throat grooves that run from the top of the chin all the way down to the navel. These grooves allow the mouth to expand.  When they swallow they stream the water out through their baleen as they ingest the fish.  The fish that they ingest are also a source of hydration for them.
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Bubble netting is an advanced and necessary feeding method developed by humpback whales to feed multiple mouths at one time and it is totally amazing to see and photograph!
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#WildEyeSA #BC #BritishColumbia #Canada #Whale #HumpbackWhale #BubbleNetFeeding #PhotoExpedition #Nature #WildlifePhotography #JoinMeIn2019 #GreatBearRainforest

Welcome to Monday. 👍🏻😎
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#MakeItCount #MondayMotivation #KeepItReal

A narrow gap to shoot through makes for intense eye contact with one of Africa’s most elusive predators.
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You don’t always notice images like this when they happen and scanning the scene and the subject with you your telephoto lens - almost as if you’re a sniper looking for a shot - will help you to ‘see’ the moments and get the shot.
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#WildEyeSA #SouthAfrica #SabiSabi #Leopard #BigCats #PhotographicSafari #NightSafari #PrivateGuidedSafari #WildlifePhoto #NaturePhotography

The wildebeest was already dead in the water.
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The lioness walked to the edge of the water, stopped for a moment and then proceeded to walk into the water where she fed on the carcass.
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A little while later her three young cubs joined her in the water.
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It was another amazing morning on a @wildeyesa safari.
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#WildEyeSA #Africa #Tanzania #Ndutu #Serengeti #Lion #Safari #PhotoSafari #BigCats #Nature #PhotographicSafari #Nature #WildlifePhotography #Wildlife

An image from a PVT guided @wildeyesa I hosted at @londolozi a few years ago.
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Watching this female leopard and her youngster playing all around our vehicle on the last morning of the trip made for incredible photography and was the perfect way to end an amazing safari.
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@enginakis I’m sure you remember this morning? 😉😊👍🏻
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#WildEyeSA #SouthAfrica #Londolozi #SabiSand #Leopard #Play #Cub #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #EverybodyWasKungFuFighting #PrivateGuidedSafari

You don’t see this on every safari! 😉😊
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But going back again and again to look for moments like this is just as awesome!
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#WildEyeSA #SouthAfrica #Leopard #LeopardCub #Africa #SafariGold #BabyAnimals #PrivateGuidedSafari #PhotoSafari #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhoto #BigCats

Last #tbt for today - thanks for following along! 😊
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This one goes way, way back to when @elanavdw1 and I met our little sister for the first time.
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When my mom and dad brought @christaeybers home from the hospital I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her but in the end she turned out kind of alright. 😉😊
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Amazing to look back to where we all came from and to know that my amazing family is always there for me even though we don’t see each other as often as I’d like. (But tomorrow we do 🍕 and 🍷 with @adelevanderwalt ) 🙏🏻😊
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#ThrowbackThursday #Family #YouCantReallySeeButIWasQuiteCute #ChristaIsStillABitStrange #ButSheIsAwesome #JaBekkeJyIsOokAwesome 😉😂

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