Black and white photo of two zebras
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Gallery: seeing animals in black and white

I asked the Zebra, are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? Are you happy with some sad days? Or are you sad with some happy days? Are you neat with some sloppy ways? Or are you sloppy with some neat ways? And on and on and on and on and on and on he went. I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.

Shel Silverstein

You can’t get much more black and white than a zebra! But actually many animals look good in monochrome. I’ve had a go at editing some of my favourite wildlife shots – mammals, reptiles and birds – with my favourite Silver Efex Pro software. Let me know which versions you prefer, colour or black and white?

Posted for Cee’s Black & White challenge this week.

The mammals

Elephant in water, eating rushesBlack and white photo of an elephant in water, eating rushes

Elephant in the Okavango Delta, Botswana


A lion staring at the cameraBlack and white photo of a lion staring at the camera

Lion in Chobe NP, Botswana


Meerkat crouchingBlack and white photo of a meerkat crouching

Meerkat at a UK wildlife sanctuary


Close-up shot of a herd of camelsBlack and white close-up shot of a herd of camels

Camels in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan


Langur monkey sitting on a stone wall, in profileBlack and white photo of a langur monkey sitting on a stone wall, in profile

Langur on a wall of our hotel in Narlai, Rajasthan


Two seals on rocks with seaweedBlack and white photo of two seals on rocks with seaweed

Seals in the Farne Islands, off England’s north east coast


The reptiles

Lizard with head upBlack and white photo of a lizard with head up

Lizard on the lawn of the same hotel in Narlai


Large yellow reptile looking at cameraBlack and white photo of large yellow reptile looking at camera

Land Iguana on North Seymour, Galápagos Islands


A spiny iguana looking out to seaBlack and white photo of a spiny iguana looking out to sea

Iguana on a jetty in Bonaire


The birds

A large fluffy bird in a nestBlack and white photo of a large fluffy bird in a nest

Magnificent Frigate chick on Genovesa, one of the Galápagos Islands


Two brown birds in a treeBlack and white photo of two birds in a tree

Bulbuls at Souimanga Lodge, our hotel in Senegal


Fierce-looking brown bird staring at the cameraBlack and white photo of a fierce-looking bird staring at the camera

Black Kite in the grounds of our hotel in Kovalam, Kerala


Five egrets by the water's edgeBlack and white photo of five egrets by the water's edge

Egrets on the beach at Kovalam in Kerala, India

As this will be my last post before the holiday weekend I want to wish all my blogging friends a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Christmas tree ornament and merry Christmas message

And in case you haven’t already seen this on Sandy’s blog, here’s a short Christmas message from your three Friendly Friday Challenge hosts:

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