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Urban Wildlife

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Published Dec 11, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 26 Contributors

    27 photos selected by

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    The silver hair covered hand reveals something lurking behind the wall. What's hidding behind the...

    #temple #monkey_forest #hand #bali #creepy #macaque #animals #monkey

    Well, this was exciting and really tough. Curating the Urban Wildlife assignment was as challenging for me as photographing this theme was for you. There were more than 15,000 submissions for this assignment, making it a success to me. It also gives us a sense of how we are surrounded by wildlife. The motive behind this theme was to explore our backyards, and I feel that it has been achieved by your extensive contributions and dedication.

    In the course of this assignment, I think you all have created something special: A huge repository of images which sheds light on almost all aspects of wildlife found living in urban environments. This story can become a visual reference for the larger audience who wants to learn more about wildlife in their surroundings.

    I would like to take this opportunity to share what I learned about urban wildlife from the thousands of images and stories that I looked at in this assignment. Broadly, I divide urban wildlife into three categories.

    Urban dwellers: These are often generalist or omnivorous species that take advantage of resources or food supplied by humans. Populations of these species are able to achieve much higher numbers in urban areas than in the wild due to readily available food.

    I'd always seen wood mice running up and down my garden patio but never photographed them before....

    #cameratrap #suburban #mouse #house #urban

    There's nothing more urban and wild than a Fly landing in the last sip of your beer!!

    #urban__wildlife_assignment #macro #wildlife #fly #urban__wildlife #colors #yellow #animal #beer

    Ya that's true "Housemate".Lizards are very common in everybody house. They born, grow & live wit...

    #housemate #lizards #wildlife #garden #krutarth #agriculture #urbanwildlife #india #nature

    Editor's Note

    I like the simple composition of this photograph. Contrasting colours and a simple subject made this image stand out for me

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Urban expansion is putting pressure on native habitats and so native species; this issue involves...

    #sydney #possum #urban_wildlife #cbd #park #adaptation #tree

    Semi-urbans: These species are usually located on the periphery of human habituation and are fairly common in rural areas. They survive using human resources, but are not entirely dependent upon them.

    This fox appeared from the forest, in this Portuguese fire department, seeking for food. Every ye...

    #rest #man #department #eating #fox #pause #food #firefighter

    Editor's Note

    Compassion is what came to my mind when I saw this image. I like the way the fox is highlighted. The man in the corner balances the image very well. Interesting interaction documented here. This im... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    This group of fallow deer was eating the plants in front of these houses in a houseing estate Ess...

    #fallow_dear #buck #urban__wildlife #animals

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful image. A silhouette with many colours in the background gives it a soothing feel. The i... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    I have been a regular visitor to Aarey Milk Colony, situated on the outskirts of the Sanjay Gandh...

    #mammal #humanwildlife #conflict #urban #leopard #carnivore #mumbai

    Urban visitors: These species do not specifically live in urban areas, but occasionally find themselves amongst people when attempting to disperse or migrate. They have very specific requirements for foraging and reproduction, which are difficult to achieve in human settlements. Even though these species generally avoid human contact, they occasionally come into conflict with humans due to livestock depredation or crop destruction.

    Clicked this shot under low light condition while this herd crossing the national highway (NH-27,...

    #silhouette_animal

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful use of colours and the backlight works perfectly. What I like the most about this images is that it is an entire story in itself. Very powerful photograph

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Scientists are still learning new aspects about behavior and ecology of these wild animals in urban settings, so by no means are these categories rigid distinctions. The ecology and behavior of these animals varies between populations and individuals. Having said that, all the wildlife that is in your backyard can generally be grouped into one of these three categories.

    With so many amazing images to choose from, I selected photographs that were true to the theme and were aesthetically beautiful. Creative images that tell a story will always draw my interest. What I find interesting—a lizard on a net or a kid with a caterpillar—is based on my own experience and interests. I am truly overwhelmed by your pictures, which show amazing perspectives of coexistence, adaptations, and both positive and negative interactions with wildlife in urban environments.

    As every month of May, Mekdi arrived home with some silkworms in a small box. It's time to visit ...

    #silkworm #caterpillar #daily_life #blackandwhite #backyardwarrior #childrenatplay #nature

    Editor's Note

    Innocence, curiosity & connection are the three words that represents this image for me. What makes it special is that I can relate to this image, it triggers my emotions and brings a smile on my f... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    The bird drifting away from her nest was captured through the portal of a centenarian building. T...

    #urban__wildlife_assignment #architecture #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    What a brilliant composition. The building actually leads my eyes to the subject. Thanks for sharing

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Pair of swans,Posing seagull, stormy day and locked inside my car. For me, it was a moment worth ...

    #yourshot #cityscape #light #weather #water #river #a_spark_of_genius #love #clouds #rain #swan #storm

    Monkeys shadow play...

    #srilanka #shadow #monkey

    This cormorant at Swan River in Perth, Western Australia, Was drying its wings and stayed in that...

    #sunrise #lowlight #sea #water #coolit #river #swan

    One of the attractions of London's Brick Lane, is a rundown pink Triumph Spitfire Coupé incased i...

    #wildlife #fox #urban

    Editor's Note

    Looks like the fox is posing for the Urban Wildlife photography contest. I like the framing of this image coupled with vibrant colours. Overall a wonderful image

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Wandering geese at the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC.

    #america #washington #memorial #cemetery #goose #arlington #blackandwhite #usa #soldiers #geese

    I have several frogs (total of 7) who have adapted to living in my bathroom. It started off as ju...

    #sharing #wildlife #frogs #amphibians #adaptation #urbanwildlifeassignment

    while i was walking in one of the malls in Kuwait i notice this funny shadows of the doves walkin...

    #steps #dove #black_and_white #birds #black #street #angle #animals #nature #confuse

    Editor's Note

    Very interesting point of view. I had never imagined that pigeons can look like this and that is what makes this image special for me. I like the photographers perspective which made a unique image... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    IPhone 4s

    #iphone4s #antsla #estonia #blackandwhite #beetle #skatepark

    Early one October morning I found this snail working his way across the screen enclosure in the b...

    #wildlife #screen #snail #nature

    An image of beauty outlines this dove's demise, as he flew into the window of our home.

    #dove

    Editor's Note

    It took me a while to figure out what this image was and when I realised, I couldn't stop looking at it. Avian mortality due to hitting the windows is second largest human induced source of bird d... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    The signs were a joke for the benefit of our trash collectors who warned of bears in the area and...

    #colorado #lowlight #wildlife #canon #lol #urbanwildlife #backyardwildlife #bear

    Editor's Note

    This is a great example of how simple solutions such as chains and locks on the trash bin can make co-existence easier. I like the strong story behind the image and definitely the comic feel of the... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    Twice a month, a group of volunteers go out at night to the end of a fenced off breakwater in Me...

    #night #penguin #bird #research #penguins #australia #stkilda #melbourne

    While visiting Colorado this past week, my husband and I found a large bachelor herd of Elk grazi...

    #winter #colorado #elk

    Gull watching Rome, over the ruins of the former Roman Imperia.

    #gull #roma #seagull #rome

    Editor's Note

    This is a good example of how wildlife sees us. I like the way the bird is looking at the ruins. The people and the clouds add into the image. Nice composition and lower angle works good here as th... More

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    A child gets a close up view of a gorilla in it's habitat at the Memphis Zoo.

    #bw #abstract #reflection #blackandwhite #gorilla #zoo #people #animals #nature

    Editor's Note

    Evolutionary neighbours : Great apes are our closest relatives and this image tells the story. A very creative composition however what steals my attention are those eyes. A wonderful image indeed.

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    The little girl stops and becomes mesmerized by the greatness of the water, colors and ocean worl...

    #landscape #fish #wildlife #ocean #aquarium #underwater #places #people #travel #animals

    Editor's Note

    Enlightenment is what I see in this image. A wonderful composition with very dramatic lighting made it special for me

    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer

    I hope this assignment ignited a curiosity in all of you to explore the wildlife in your backyard and to learn more about it. I feel truly honored to be curating all these images and to have learned something new from you.

    Good luck and keep exploring!

    About the Editor
    Prasenjeet Yadav
    Photographer & National Geographic Explorer
    Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular ecologist turned photographer and a National Geographic Explorer. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his real passion lay in storytelling. He now combines his research experience with his photography skills to tell stories about science, exploration, and conservation. Under his explorer's project, he ...

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