Wild Portraits

Writer:   |  Editor: Liu Minxia  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  | 

A King's Prize 凯旋的王者

Having pierced straight through the fish with its bill, this common kingfisher flew to a nearby branch and held up his prize. To my fortune, the kingfisher landed right in front of me which resulted in this unique moment before it hit the fish against the branch and swallowed it down whole. Shot on Oct. 4, 2021 in Honghu Park, Luohu District.


Breeding Colours 红妆

As the weather continues to get warmer during April and May, more and more reptiles emerge from their hiding. This male oriental garden lizard was sunbathing on the side of a tree early in the morning. During the breading 

season, their heads and upper body become a reddish colour to discourage intruders and attract females. Shot on May 8 in Donghu Park, Luohu District.


From the Darkness 从夜晚来

White-lipped pit vipers are a common sight around the city at night, but most will simply go unnoticed as citizens pass by the statue-like ambush predator. These vipers will hold themselves in the same position for hours, making them a fantastic subject for portraits. Shot on July 25, 2022 in Bijia Hill Park, Futian District.


Mirage 顾影自怜

Despite their endangered status, it is not uncommon to see black-faced spoonbills during the winter in Shenzhen. However, they are often far away due to hunting for food on the edge of the tide. This young spoonbill, however, came further into the Futian Mangrove Ecological Park and took a rest in one of the smaller ponds. Shot on Feb. 2, 2022 in Futian Mangrove Ecological Park.


The Godfather 猴子称大王

This Rhesus Macaque was one of the more confident young adults. He would climb through the trees and often come down to the hiking path to observe passersby. On this occasion, he sat staring back at the strangers that wandered along the path. Shot on Feb. 12, 2022 in Tanglang Mountain, Futian District.


Photographer: Ashley Main from the United Kingdom