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The great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

The great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

People would say that this bird is romantic, as its nuptial dance looks like just like that. The great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) inhabits oxbow lakes and other water bodies.

The whiskered tern – breeding in the backwaters

The whiskered tern – breeding in the backwaters

Social bird from oxbow lakes and other marshes, the whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida) is an impressive hunter, that builds the floating nests from the vegetation.

The great cormorant – the great fisherman

The great cormorant – the great fisherman

Not many fishermen like these excellent hunters. However, the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) are natural on our rivers and other water bodies.

The common tern (Sterna hirundo)

The common tern (Sterna hirundo)

Nesting on gravel bars, the common tern (Sterna hirundo) is a bird that lives on the rivers. Elegant flyer, it hunts by diving into the water.

The Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) – dweller of the steep river banks

The Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) – dweller of the steep river banks

The sand martin (Riparia riparia) is a bird that can’t live without river erosion, breeding on a steep river bank. They are the symbols oft he natural rivers.

Under the waterfalls

Under the waterfalls

Rumbling and glittering waterfalls tumbling down are integral parts of the rivers, also often the most beautiful. I have explored how waterfalls look like inside.

Ranomafana National Park and the Ranomena River

Ranomafana National Park and the Ranomena River

Ranomafana National Park is one of the most exotic places in Madagascar. Its steep slopes are covered by the dense and humid cloud forest, where trees are covered by epiphytes, home to many endemic orchids, lemurs, frogs, and other forest dwellers. Copious rains feed many […]

The Tiputini River in Yasuní National Park

The Tiputini River in Yasuní National Park

The Yasuní National Park is one of the most important on our planet. It harbors and protects incredible biodiversity, yet it is endangered by the oil extraction that wrought havoc on the eastern parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon, known as Oriente.

Living Allier – saved from damming

Living Allier – saved from damming

The Allier was destined to become another dead river in France, dammed and damned. Together with the Loire, it has, however, become the success story of coexistence of man and nature.

Zanja Arajuno – wild streams in the Andean foothills

Zanja Arajuno – wild streams in the Andean foothills

Eastern slopes of the Andes are the humid world if the jungles. Incredible amounts of the rain are showering the rainforest, where many streams are born. Jungle of Zanja Arajuno in Ecuador is one of these wild places.