My Favorite 2013 Wildlife Photos on Wikimedia Commons

As some of you might already know, I’m into wildlife photography. For me, spending some time outdoors and taking photos of animals is the best way of recovering from the stress of my job. Now, one thing I’ve learned about wildlife photography is that this specific type of photography is extremely challenging. In order to create a stunning image of a wild animal, you not only need to be a seasoned photographer, you also need to know some facts about that specific animal’s behavior. And finally, the weather and lighting conditions have to be favorable. In the end, it’s a certain amount of luck that separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to getting the perfect shot.

Over the course of 2013, people around the world have been uploading wildlife photos to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s image repository. Their volunteer efforts help Wikipedia’s many authors in the field of biology to illustrate their articles. Here’s a selection of my favorite wildlife photos that have been promoted to “featured picture” status on Wikimedia Commons this past year:


A Namaqua chameleon in threat display, Namib desert, Namibia, by Yathin S Krishnappa, CC BY-SA 3.0


Puffin (Fratercula arctica) near Látrabjarg, Iceland, by Richard Bartz, CC BY-SA 3.0


Caracal in Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, by Rute Martins, CC BY-SA 3.0


Koi at Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz/Tenerife, by Eistreter, CC BY-SA 3.0


A Filbert weevil (Curculio occidentis). Collected from a Live Oak tree (acorn pictured) in Knowland Park, Oakland, California, by Kaldari, CC0 1.0 Universal


Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), birds mating, by Pierre Dalous, CC BY-SA 3.0


Ein Malachitfalter Siproeta stelenes. Gesehen im Schmetterlingshaus auf der Insel Mainau, by Friedrich Böhringer, CC BY-SA 3.0 Austria


Newborn bat of Lesser short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus brachyotis). Captured within 12 hours from the birth, by Anton Croos, CC BY-SA 3.0

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