Saturday Surprise — Comedy Wildlife!

Every September for the past three years, I have posted some of the winning photos from the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (links to prior years at bottom of post).  The contest is open through June 20th, and winners are announced in September, but this year I have some preview entries that have already been received, and I thought they might make a good way to start the weekend with a smile!

“Quarantine Life” By Kevin Biskaborn

“Isolated inside with your family eager to get out and explore the world? These eastern raccoon kits are too. Just when you think there’s no more room in the tree hollow, mother raccoon appears and displays just how compact the space is. The babies clambered all over their mom and each another, struggling to take a look at the exact same time. This photo was taken in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. After exploring a particular area with numerous tree hallows, I identified it as a hot spot for raccoon families. Since raccoons will move from den to den, often not spending more than one night at a time in a particular den, locating an area with numerous options is key to locating the animals. I stumbled across this family and immediately worked on leveling the camera with the hole to prevent an upward angle. When the camera and tripod were ready, the baby raccoons were extremely curious (and cooperative), sticking their heads out for a closer look!”

“Monday Morning Mood” By Andrew Mayes

“I took this shot while photographing a group of Pied starlings perched in a tree at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. It perfectly sums up my mood on most Monday mornings :)”

“Bald Eagle Gets A Surprise” By Arthur Trevino

“When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!”

“ROFL” By Giovanni Querzani

“A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills.”

“Yay – It’s Friday!” By Lucy Beveridge

“A young springbok, all ears and spindly legs, caught in midair while pronking as the sun started to rise over the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. There’s not much information on why the Springbok pronk but some theories suggest it is a way of showing fitness and strength to ward off predators and attract mates. It has also been said that this small, dainty and largely unappreciated antelope also pronks out of excitement, jumping for joy!”

“Yoga Bittern” By KT Wong

“A Yellow Bittern was trying very hard to get into a comfortable hunting position. I got this shot when it was between 2 stalks of lotus flower.”

“Happy” By Tom Svensson

“These penguins was surfing on the waves on to land and looked so happy each time”

“Sweet-Lips Are For Kissing” By Philipp Stahr

“This picture was taken at Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. Usually box fishes are difficult to take pictures of, since they do not have a problem of a diver coming close, but if you show interest, they always turn the back and not the face to you. That’s why I tried to swim 0.5m above the fish and showing no interest at all to him. The same time I had my camera not in front of me, but below at my chest pointing to the bottom. When the right moment had come, I turned the camera 90 degrees to the front and just point and shoot, hoping to have the fish in focus. Never expected to have its beautiful lips that close!”

“Houston We’ve Had A Problem” By Txema Garcia Laseca

“This fish is astonished when has been trapped for a fisher bird.”

“Missed” By Lea Scaddan

“Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.” (I really thought it looked like they were dancing!)

“Cranky Hippo” By Rohin Bakshi

“The baby hippo wanted his mother’s attention, but it seems he wasn’t getting any…”

I’ll be back in September with more, once the final tally is in!  Meanwhile, if you’re interested in entering the contest yourself, it is open to both amateur and professional photographers, so visit their website to find out more!

Prior years’ posts Comedy Wildlife posts:

2018

2019

2020

Have a happy weekend, my friends!

Saturday Surprise — Funny Critters

I haven’t done a Saturday Surprise post for a couple of weeks, but since most of my posts have been pretty dark this past week, I thought I owed you guys a break from the darkness.

For the past two years in September (2018, 2019) I have posted pictures from the Comedy Wildlife Photography finalists … so let’s make it an annual tradition, shall we?  These critter photos are so fun they are bound to bring at least a bit of a smile to even the most curmudgeonly face!

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a global photography competition founded in 2015 by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam. It was established with the goal of promoting the conservation of wildlife and their environs through the use of positive and upbeat imagery. Through the use of humorous images, the competition has gained a global following, and offers a new approach to building conservation awareness. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have had 3 bestselling books published, working with Natalie Galustian, Joel Simons and Blink Publishing. In 2019 Michelle Wood was brought in as the third director. In 2019 the 40 finalists were showcased at the annual Wildlife & Safari Travel Show. The competition has annual exhibitions around the world and recently launched another competition: The Comedy Pet Photography Awards in association with Mars Petcare.

I hope you enjoy this year’s finalist selections …

mongoose

Surprise smiles, Lake Bogoria, Kenya.  While walking on trail at the southern side of Lake Bogoria, the photographer spotted a group of dwarf mongooses Photograph: Asaf Sereth/CWPAs 2020

langurs

The race, India ‘My friends and I walked in the centre of the small town of Hampi in India. There was bicycle parking nearby. Suddenly a flock of langurs jumped on these bicycles and began to frolic. We were afraid to frighten them away, I started taking pictures from afar, but then we came very close to them and the langurs continued to play with bicycles’ Photograph: Yevhen Samuchenko/CWPAs 2020


monkey

So hot, Japan A monkey soaks in natural hot springs Photograph: Wei Ping Peng/CWPAs 2020


elephant

I had to stay late at work, Chubut, Argentina ‘South sea elephant in Patagonia (Isla Escondida) They adopt very curious gestures!’ Photograph: Luis Burgue/CWPAs 2020


polar-bear

Lamentation! Spitzbergen, Norway Photograph: Jacques Poulard/CWPAs 2020


seal

Having a laugh, Caithness, Scotland ‘A young common seal chills out on a rock in Sinclair Bay, its thick layer of blubber moulding into the contours of the rock. Looking as if it is enjoying a really good joke, the seal is, in fact, yawning’ Photograph: Ken Crossan/CWPAs 2020


damselfly

Hide and seek, Devon, England ’As this azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets’ Photograph: Tim Hearn/CWPAs 2020


smiley

Smiley, El Hierro, Canary Islands Photograph: Arthur Telle Thiemann/CWPAs 2020


puffins

Seriously, would you share some? Scotland ‘Atlantic puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are, well, as you see, some do better than others! I just love the second puffin’s look: can I just have one please? Photograph: Krisztina Scheeff/CWPAs 2020


kingfisher

It’s a mocking bird! Near Kirkcudbright, Scotland ‘I was hoping a kingfisher would land on the “No fishing” sign but I was over the moon when it landed for several seconds with a fish. It then flew off with its catch. It appeared to be mocking the person who erected the sign!’ Photograph: Sally Lloyd-Jones/CWPAs 2020


parakeets

Social distance, please! Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka ‘This is the beginning of a scene which lasted approximately one minute and in which each of the rose-ringed parakeets used a foot to clean the partner’s beak. While the whole scene was very informative, this first photo with the male already holding his foot high in the air was just asking to be taken out of context’ Photograph: Petr Sochman/CWPAs 2020


elephants

Wait up Mommy, look what I got for you! Kaziranga, India ‘At the Kaziranga national park, this elephant mother and calf seemed completely oblivious to our jeep and went about their stroll through the pond. The mom seemed to be giving her calf lessons on eating the hyacinth: select a lush green bunch, rip them out from the root, pound the stems against the trunk to remove the mud and then swallow whole. The calf looked like she was thoroughly enjoying the lesson and duly followed her mother’s every move’ Photograph: Kunal Gupta/CWPAs 2020


fox

Tough negotiations, Israel Photograph: Ayala Fishaimer/CWPAs 2020

 

penguins

I could puke, Falkland Islands ‘This picture was taken at sunrise. A group of gentoo penguins went to the shore to go fishing when one stopped and vomited’ Photograph: Christina Holfelder/CWPAs 2020


hippos

Laughing hippo, Masai Mara national reserve, Kenya ‘The baby hippo whispered to the mother’s ear: “I had a wonderful dream. Alex invited me for tea so I went to his tent. He pointed to the empty chair and invited me to sit on it. I did so and suddenly the chair broke. I was on the floor. Alex started laughing and went to the adjoining chair to sit down. As soon as he sat down, I heard a loud crack. His chair also broke and he was thrown on to the floor. We both started laughing with tears coming from our eyes.” Then I woke up and started smiling’ Photograph: Manoj Shah/CWPAs 2020


mouse

O sole mio, Hungary ‘It’s like he was just “singing” to me! She had a very nice voice’ Photograph: Roland Kranitz/CWPAs 2020


elephants-2

Faceplant, Namibia ‘This elephant calf in Namibia was slow to notice when his mother started to move away. When he tried to hurry and catch up, he tripped over his front feet and faceplanted. His mother heard the commotion and immediately came back to help him up, and the calf continued on his way with no damage except to his dignity’ Photograph: Tim Hearn/CWPAs 2020

Saturday Surprise — Environmentally Fun!

Welcome and Happy Saturday, my friends!  Big plans for the weekend?  Not me.  Chris is drumming this morning at the Walk for Prostate Cancer, and the rest of the weekend will likely be spent just trying not to roast, as our air-conditioning is still, after a new heat pump, new thermostat, and new condensing unit, not working!  And, of course Mother Nature picked this time to send temps to record highs in the 90s for a ten-day streak.

Today’s two stories are both eco-friendly … they pertain in one way or another to conservation … but they’re fun, too!


I am not a fan of McDonald’s … at least not the food.  Many years ago, when Miss Goose was little, we made it a once-a-week destination, but fortunately her palate matured, and she has moved on to other favourite restaurants.  But, today I must give two thumbs up to McDonalds for their environmental conscience!

Most of us are aware of the bee crisis.  It is estimated that in the U.S., 44% of the bee colonies died out in 2016 alone, and since bees pollinate some 80% of the food we eat, this has serious implications for life on this planet.  McDonald’s in Sweden has begun trying to save the bees in the most charming ways!

It started out with planting bee-friendly flowers around the restaurants, and hosting beehives on their roofs.  But then, a few months ago, McDonald’s commissioned a professional carpenter to make the ‘smallest ever McDonald’s,” which is, in fact, a fully functioning beehive featuring a McDonald’s sign, drive-through, an outside seating area and even little advertisements on the windows!McDonalds-1

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McDonalds-5Take a look …

But it doesn’t end there!  Now, they are at it again by creating small ‘bee hotels’ on the back of their billboards.  30% of wild bees in Sweden are threatened, mainly because they do not have enough resting areas, so the company teamed up with outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux to turn the backs of its billboards into tiny “hotels.”McDonalds-3Granted, these are all small things, likely only to save a few thousand bees, but hey!  It’s a start, right?


This week celebrated the 5th year of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and as you might guess from the name, some of these animal pictures are quite funny!  If you’re looking for your daily dose of cuteness, you’ve come to the right place!

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Family Disagreement

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Holly Jolly Snowy

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Oh My!

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Laid Back

5

Deer?  What Deer?

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Excuse me

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Squirrel Wishes

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Hi

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Warning:  Territory Marking.  Follow At Your Own Risk

13

Monday Morning Blues

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Hello

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Laughing Zebra

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Spaceman

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Dancing … Yeah

21

Who Would Like A Peanut?

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Indecent Proposal

26

To Be Or Not To Be?

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Sea Otter Tickle Fight

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Snarling Snappin In The Slow Lane

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Hip Hop

Tom Sullum and Paul Joynson-Hicks are the founders of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and in addition to having fun with it all, they have a serious purpose as well …

“Remember, we are all about conservation. We want you to take up our banner of wildlife conservation, bang the drum, beat the cymbal and make some noise, we need to spread the word – wildlife, as we know it,  is in danger, all over the world and we need to do something to help save it. You can start by going and having a look at what the Born Free Foundation are doing at www.bornfree.org.uk


And finally, it wouldn’t be Saturday Surprise without a funny animal video, now would it?


Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Saturday Surprise — Jolly Takes Over

Hey Y’all!  It’s me, Jolly!

jollyGwammie got stuck in a wabbit hole dis week, and she tol’ me since I keep disappearin’, it’s my turn to write Saturday Surprise ‘cause she ain’t here to write it.  I tol’ her not to eat so much an’ she wouldn’t get stuck … but does she listen?

So anyways … I found dese funny aminals tonite an’ I bet you’ll laugh!  I even maked up some o’ da captions!  Captions is words at da bottom o’ da picture, in case ye dinna know.

Owl

Whooooo … Me???

lions

Not tonight dear, I’ve got a headache

mooses

So there!  pbthhhhh

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“Shall we dance”, said one komodo dragon to the other

bear

I know it’s in here somewhere …

lemur

You DON’T SAY!!!

squirrel

Step away from the nuts and nobody gets hurt … Step BACK!!!

deer.jpg

I’m WAAAAAY taller den you!

owls

Stop me if I’m boring you …

deer-2.jpg

WHOA Dude!

bird

I’m so ashamed …

elephant

Ha ha ha ha ha … they’ll never find it here!

jollyDat’s all I got today.  I hope you liked it, but if you dinna, will you tell Gwammie that you did so I don’ get in twouble?

** Note to readers:  All photos are finalists in the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, a wildlife conservation organization.