Following our big passion – birds – we have tried to show our point of view of nature and its creatures. We dedicate our web-site to the protection and conservation of birds and nature as a whole. We hope you enjoy our photos & video!

 

IVA P. HRISTOVA-NIKOLOVA – M.Sc. in “Ecology and Environmental Conservation” (2002, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University ). In January 2007 shte took a certificate for "cameraman mastership" from the Bulgarian Guild of TV Cameramen. Video Projects - see below. Manager of "Biota Films" Ltd. production company specialized in creation of wildlife documentaries. Author of screenplays for wildlife documentaries for the Bulgarian National Television, articles etc. Deep interest and knowledge in ornithology and wildlife photography, as well as participation in a number of scientific research and environmentally-oriented projects. 

 

 

 

BORIS P. NIKOLOV (PhD, Sen. Res. Assoc.) – Senior Research Associate (2010) and Ph.D. in zoology /ornithology/ (2006) [Bulgarian Academy of Sciences], M.Sc. in “Zoology of vertebrates and anthropology” [1998, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University]. Head of the Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, currently at the IBER - BAS. Author of tens of scientific publications (articles, books). Scientific interests in the field of breeding biology, behaviour and migration of birds. Member of the Afro-European section of the International Shrike Working Group. Consultancy work for the National Geographic Channel in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian National Television, author of screenplays for wildlife documentaries. Leader and participant in a number of projects dealing with research and nature conservation.

 

 

 

Short contents
Published photos of ours (in Bulgaria and abroad):

  

  

1/ BOOKS

                                                       

     Handbook of the Birds of the World                                

 

                              

 

     WWF Album Lower Danube                               

                                                             

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2/ INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNALS, NEWSLETTERS ETC. - "Ornis Svecica" (Sweden), "Alula" (Finland), "Ardea" & "Dutch Birding" (The Netherlands), "The Rolex Awards for Enterprise Journal" (Switzerland), "Solutions" (USA)

 

          

 

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3/ BULGARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY & TRAVEL MAGAZINES ETC. - "GEO-Bulgaria", "PhotoHunt", "Odysseus", "Voyager"

 

      

 

  

 

     

 

                                                                   

 

                                                                   

 

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PHOTO & VIDEO MATERIAL

Most photos displayed on www.fotobiota.com have been taken in Bulgaria, but also in other countries in Europe (Greece, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Austria), Asia (Israel) and Central America (Costa Rica). Only wild animals in their natural environment have been photographed, keeping their disturbance to a minimum.

 

  • All photos have been taken with high-resolution digital cameras (6MP, 8MP, 10MP) and then - for reasons of storage efficiency - uploaded in low resolution, not reflecting their true high quality. Apart from certain number of pictures in TIFF format, most images have been taken in RAW format.
  • The raw video material ensures broadcast TV quality: PAL, original resolution 720x576 pixels. The video clips have been optimized for web-viewing, which does not reflect their true high quality.

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VIDEO PROJECTS

 

Eilat Bird Sanctuary - 27-min movie about the biodiversity and the research performed at the International Birding and Research Centre in Eilat, Israel.

 

 

 

Chestnut forests (Castanea sativa) of Belasitsa Mountain

 

   "Winter"                                                                        "Spring"

 

         

 

 

    "Summer"                                                                                       "Autumn"  

         

 

Wild Costa Rica

 

"Birding. Hobby or Mission?" - Video clip taking part in an international WWF Video Competition "Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection"

 

Birding in Northern Greece

 

 Birding in India: Gujarat and South India (Western Ghats mainly)

     

 

 Birding in Panama (Canopy Tower Family experience)

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BUYING IMAGES & VIDEO MATERIAL: all photos and videos (a little part of which is shown) featured on www.fotobiota.com are available for licensed use in various publications, such as books, journals, brochures, newspapers etc., as well as video and film productions. For more information about any technical details and ways of payment please contact us!

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Our sincere thanks go to all specialists who helped with correct identification of all taxa shown in this web-site:

 

Taxonomic Group
Name
Institution, contacts
Bryophyta
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Ganeva
Institute of Botany, BAS;
Vascular Plants
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov
National Museum of Natural History, BAS;
Vascular Plants
Ass. Prof. Dr. Rossen Tzonev
Faculty of Biology, Sofia University;
Gastropoda
Res. Dr. Ivailo Dedov
Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS; E-mail: ivo_dedov@yahoo.co.uk
Insecta: Odonata
Dr. Milen Marinov
Insecta: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae
MSc. Nikolay Simov
National Museum of Natural History, BAS;
Insecta: Orthoptera
MSc. Dragan Chobanov
Institute of Zoology, BAS;
Insecta: Lepidoptera
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stanislav Abadjiev
Institute of Zoology, BAS;
Insecta: Lepidoptera
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stoyan Beshkov
National Museum of Natural History, BAS;
Insecta: Coleoptera: Buprestidae
Res. Dr. Vladimir Sakalian
Institute of Zoology, BAS;
Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Georgiev
Forest Research Institute, BAS;
Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae
Res. Dr. Vera Antonova
Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS;
Insecta (general)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdravko Hubenov
Institute of Zoology, BAS;
 

 

This web-site is being regularly updated!

 

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