Top Shot: Between Two Worlds | Photograph by Jordan Robins (@jordan_robins)
“While out snorkeling late one afternoon on Jervis Bay, I stumbled across this Common Stingray gracefully gliding over the shallow sand flats,” writes Your Shot photographer Jordan Robins. “As the sun was setting, I managed to captured this over under image where you can see above and below the water captured in a single exposure.
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Here we are some summer vibes from a couple years ago with @misslexy76 and @ig_escaype .
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Next up, the Blue-throated Sapphire, a beautiful hummingbird species that is one of our most encountered species. This hummingbird is found on the northern pacific side of Costa Rica, thriving on the dry rainforest habitat. As you can see they have a beautiful blue forget, well the males do, they also lek in groups, producing a unique chirp call. Will encounter this species often over the next two months. In the second photo you can see a marked individual, this individual was actually spotted one year later, proving interesting site fidelity in this species. @audubonsociety
Good morning all! I’m starting the day with a peaceful sunrise shot from Kaikoura, quite unlike the adventures on my story. I’m also so, so happy that heaps of people loved my post yesterday. It was one of those ones I loved but didn’t know if anyone else would. Lol. Kaikoura yay! @KaikouraNZ#KaikouraNZ
An amazing photo by @adityavikram305
Thank you Vikram for sharing your work with us. Be sure to give his gallery a visit!
Dragonfly eyes see the world in ultra-multicolour
Their massive globular eyes should have been a clue. It turns out dragonflies have souped-up colour vision that’s better than anything ever seen in the animal world.
We humans have what’s known as tri-chromatic vision, which means we see colours as a combination of red, blue and green. This is thanks to three different types of light-sensitive proteins in our eyes, called opsins. We are not alone: di-, tri- and tetra-chromatic vision is de rigueur in the animal world, from mammals to birds and insects.
Enter the dragonfly. A study of 12 dragonfly species has found that each one has no fewer than 11, and some a whopping 30, different visual opsins. Ryo Futahashi of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, also found dragonflies use different opsins at different ages. For instance, the larvae of some species that hatch in sand tend to lack blue opsins. “This is probably because blue light does not reach them easily,” he says.
Do all those extra opsins mean dragonflies see the rainbow differently to us? Probably. Other studies have found that dragonflies can see ultraviolet on top of blue, green and red. And it is thought that they can recognise polarised light coming off reflective surfaces like water. “It’s likely that they have better colour discrimination than humans,” says Futahashi.