Wild hamsters are in fact a thing. Wildlife professional photographer Julian Rad has actually invested years recording pictures of the furry little animals in their natural outside environment, and the outcomes are lovable.
The acclaimed professional photographer is based in Central Europe, where you can discover the European hamster ( Cricetus cricetus), which is likewise referred to as the typical hamster or black-bellied hamster.
As its name recommends, the hamster is understood for its brown coat, white spots, and black chest and stomach.
Photographing the Wild Hamster
Rad frequently gets exceptionally low and up near record his wild hamster pictures. To coax the hamsters out of their burrows, he gets on the ground beside it with his video camera prepared and extends a peace offering in the kind of a delicious flower, fruit, or nut.
Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes video demonstrating how Rad works:
… and here is the type of photography that results:
Rad normally shoots with a big aperture to record a shallow depth of field, concentrating on the eyes and face of the hamster while permitting the foreground and background to be out of focus.
A Seriously Endangered Hamster
The European hamster has actually been categorized as seriously threatened by the International Union for Preservation of Nature (IUCN) on its Red List of Threatened Types because 2020 after its population plunged all throughout its natural variety.
While the specific factor for the unexpected decrease in black-bellied hamsters is not well comprehended yet by researchers, triggers might consist of trapping (for its fur), extermination (it has actually long been thought about a bug by farmers), air contamination, light contamination, environment loss, and environment modification.
European nations have actually released preservation efforts recently to avoid the typical hamster from going extinct, and in the meantime, the rodents can still be discovered in grassy locations such as farms, gardens, and meadows throughout Europe.
Among Rad’s pictures of a hamster won the Funny Wildlife Photography Awards back in 2015.
You can discover more of Rad’s deal with his site, Facebook, and Instagram. His pictures are likewise offered as prints and postcards.