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Photo Essay

Through a chronicler's lens

Interview with Percy Fernandez, wildlife photographer who is Professor and Chairperson for the School of Media and Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai, UAE.

 

Tim at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. He was 50 when he died in 2020. He was considered to be Africa’s largest elephant with arguably the longest tusks.
Tim at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. He was 50 when he died in 2020. He was considered to be Africa’s largest elephant with arguably the longest tusks.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A cheetha named Imani and her cubs in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
A cheetha named Imani and her cubs in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A herd of impalas in Masai Mara.
A herd of impalas in Masai Mara.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Two male lions in Masai Mara. Percy Fernandez: “You have to have ... infinite patience to get a photograph capturing the moods of wild animals.”
Two male lions in Masai Mara. Percy Fernandez: “You have to have ... infinite patience to get a photograph capturing the moods of wild animals.”Photo: Percy Fernandez
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In Masai Mara, zebras drinking water.
In Masai Mara, zebras drinking water.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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In Masai Mara, grey crowned cranes. Fernandez: “By shooting over a period of time, serious photographers can chronicle natural history and the relationship between man, nature and the wilderness.”
In Masai Mara, grey crowned cranes. Fernandez: “By shooting over a period of time, serious photographers can chronicle natural history and the relationship between man, nature and the wilderness.”Photo: Percy Fernandez
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The leopard Luluka and her cub in Masai Mara.
The leopard Luluka and her cub in Masai Mara.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Giraffes against the morning light in Masai Mara.
Giraffes against the morning light in Masai Mara.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A black rhino flanked by a topi and a gazelle.
A black rhino flanked by a topi and a gazelle.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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The famous cheetahs of Masai Mara. Fernandez: “This group was the largest coalition ever to be observed in the wild hunting together. In 2017, they were five of them, called Tano Bora [which] in Masai means the Fast Five.”
The famous cheetahs of Masai Mara. Fernandez: “This group was the largest coalition ever to be observed in the wild hunting together. In 2017, they were five of them, called Tano Bora [which] in Masai means the Fast Five.”Photo: PERCY FERNANDEZ
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Kurile Lake with the Ilyinsky volcano in the background in Kamchatka, which is in Russia’s Far East.
Kurile Lake with the Ilyinsky volcano in the background in Kamchatka, which is in Russia’s Far East.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Mutnovsky is an active volcano in Kamchatka.
Mutnovsky is an active volcano in Kamchatka.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A bear with her cubs in Kamchatka.
A bear with her cubs in Kamchatka.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Fernandez: “... overfishing for salmon, a human-induced disturbance of the food chain and the ecosystem, has had a telling effect on the bear population.” 
Fernandez: “... overfishing for salmon, a human-induced disturbance of the food chain and the ecosystem, has had a telling effect on the bear population.” Photo: Percy Fernandez
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The Vilyuchinsky volcano in Kamchatka.
The Vilyuchinsky volcano in Kamchatka.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Siesta time for a mother and her cubs. Fernandez: “... photographers should take care not to disturb animals during shoots.”
Siesta time for a mother and her cubs. Fernandez: “... photographers should take care not to disturb animals during shoots.”Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A jaguars walking along the side of a river looking for caimans, in Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland ecosystem, in the Brazilian Amazon.
A jaguars walking along the side of a river looking for caimans, in Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland ecosystem, in the Brazilian Amazon.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A giant otter with a fish in Pantanal.
A giant otter with a fish in Pantanal.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A hyacinth macaw in Pantanal. The region suffered massive wildfires in 2020.
A hyacinth macaw in Pantanal. The region suffered massive wildfires in 2020.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A view of the Pumori peak, from Gorakshep, en route to Everest Base Camp, Nepal.
A view of the Pumori peak, from Gorakshep, en route to Everest Base Camp, Nepal.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Wild dogs at the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka. Fernandez: “It is an indescribable feeling when I am in the mountains or in the forests [or in some other landscape], whether it is the forests of Nagarhole in Karnataka or the desert in the UAE or, for that matter, the grasslands of the Mara.”
Wild dogs at the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka. Fernandez: “It is an indescribable feeling when I am in the mountains or in the forests [or in some other landscape], whether it is the forests of Nagarhole in Karnataka or the desert in the UAE or, for that matter, the grasslands of the Mara.”Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A gaur at the Nagarhole National Park.
A gaur at the Nagarhole National Park.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A Malabar giant squirrel at Nagarhole.
A Malabar giant squirrel at Nagarhole.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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A langur at the Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
A langur at the Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.Photo: Percy Fernandez
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Percy Fernandez.
Percy Fernandez.Photo: Sivaprasad Nandakumar
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