At the #dbf22, we really enjoy the presentations by wildlife photographers who bring us closer to distant habitats that are very different from those around us. This year we will enjoy twice, and we could almost say that at opposite poles since from the mountains and deserts of Iran to the tropical forests of Panama there is anything but coincidences!
Ali Alieslam is an Iranian professional guide specialized in ornithology and fauna as well as mountain and trekking who also combines this work with photography. The fact that he spends most of the year visiting the most pristine natural areas of his country gives him many opportunities to get extraordinary images of its landscapes and fauna. And Iran remains a great unknown for many of us who know little about its great diversity of habitats and fauna!
And Panama has become in recent years a new mecca for birders avid for tropical birds. It is a much smaller country, but it includes a notable biogeographic barrier that means that its biodiversity is extraordinarily rich considering how small it is. The western half of the country houses most of the avifauna typical of Central America, but as we approach Colombia, beyond the famous canal, the avifauna is increasingly the typical of the South American continent. Ignacio Yúfera has been living there for years and dedicates himself to taking photographs of the most emblematic species of this country. And as the title of his presentation says, he will show us from the tiny hummingbirds of the mountainous areas to the imposing harpy eagle, the largest in the continent and one of the most powerful on earth.
It will be necessary to keep our eyes wide open in both conferences because from them we will get the 20 images of the Lynx ID Challenge, consisting of correctly identifying as many species as possible.