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Can you spot the hunter or the hunted?

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December 27, 2012 in Outdoors

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These animals are trying their utmost to 

fool predators by blending into landscapes all over the

world

Whether they are hunters or the  hunted, these cunning animals are all  masters of  disguise who can fool even the most beady-eyed passer by into  believing they are not there.

Some hide under lily pads, some dissolve into the bark of a tree while others slip  seamlessly into the snow, either to hide from a hungry predator or silently  stalk an unwitting prey.

 

the  deserts of Africa, the rainforests of South America, the mountains of the United States and snow plains of Canada wildlife at its most  invisible.

It's white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that's not enough to deceive international photographer Art Wolfe
It’s white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter  plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

The animals  are trying their utmost to fool predators .

Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe's 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environment
Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa.

 

Can't see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest
Can’t see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out  from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest

 

Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe worked to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject
Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela.
A Great Horned Owl uses colour and disruptive patterns in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Oregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Cunning tricks: A Great Horned Owl uses colour in its  plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge  in Oregon
An American Pika performing a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington

An American Pika performs a vanishing act in the Cascade  Range of Washington

 

Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, Belize
Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears  like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich,  Belize

 

Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface
Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the  sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming  motion to disappear beneath the hot surface

 

Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa
Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in  vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South  Africa

 

Gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff
Rock and hole: A gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff
A California Ground Squirrel blending in with its rocky environment

A California Ground Squirrel blends in with its rocky  environment

 

 

Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United States
Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in  front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United  States
Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among  sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India

 

Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan
Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques  disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan

 

White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
I’m white over here! White-tailed Ptarmigan in  Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

 

The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana's Chobe National Park, Africa
The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in  Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Africa

 

A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South Africa
A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against  the Kalahari Desert, South Africa

 

Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream
Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in  the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream

 

A Wandering Tattler chick Wrangell-St, Ellias National Park

wandering tattler chick in Wrangell-Saint  Ellias National Park, above.

 

Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington
Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it  blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington

 

Snow way I'll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USA
Snow way I’ll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in  the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State,  USA

 

Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana
Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against  a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana

 

Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in Panama
Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest  in foliage in Panama

 

 

photos by art wolfe http://www.artwolfe.com/


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2 responses to Can you spot the hunter or the hunted?

  1. Some pretty breathtaking shots here. God’s creation is just awesome!

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