Puff Perfect Wall Print
Puff Perfect Wall Print
Quick guide to selecting your wall print:
1. Choose the type - canvas, photo paper or fine art paper. Need more details? See the wall prints guide.
2. Select the size - the options in the drop-down menu refer to the print before a frame is added (including any border). All images are produced in their original uncropped format, so the actual image size may vary depending on your selection.
Canvas prints: the full image covers the entire front face. There is no border and the edges are white. The size selected from the drop-down size menu will be the actual image size.
Photo paper or fine art paper (framed or unframed) - actual image size within the border will be:
|Paper size: width x height||Actual image size: width x height|
|40cm x 30cm||28cm x 18.6cm|
|50cm x 40cm||40cm x 26.6cm|
|70cm x 50cm||54cm x 35.9cm|
|100cm x 70cm||80cm x 53.3cm|
3. Pick a frame (or choose not to). Frames are 2cm wide and stand 2.3cm from the wall.
4. Add to basket and you're done!
Description / Puff Perfect Wall Print
Puff Perfect © José Juan Hernández Martinez 2022. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum, London.
Animal Portraits, Winner
A male Canary Islands houbara poses in puffed-out pose, after a frenzied performance dashing across the plains of the island of Fuerteventura in the hope of attracting a mate. His bold appearance belies his skittish nature, and to catch the perfect pose, José arrived at the houbara’s display ground at night. By the light of the moon, he dug himself into a low hide. From this eye‑level vantage point, José caught the bird’s posed profile against a backdrop of soft colour. Then, after a brief rest, the wooer started again.
As spring approaches, the males of these medium-sized bustards return to their individual courtship sites to perform impressive displays, mostly at dawn and dusk. With a few graceful steps, a male raises the plumes on his crest, fans out his chest and neck feathers to meet them, throws his head back – and he’s off. For less than a minute – barely able to see where he is going – he races forwards and circles round, emitting a deep, booming call – his bid to get noticed by females feeding nearby.
Capable of walking all day across arid terrain in search of food – plants, insects and other invertebrates, and small vertebrates, such as lizards – houbaras get all the moisture they need from what they eat. The Canary Islands houbara is a subspecies of the African houbara, which appears to be in rapid decline across North Africa, mainly due to habitat loss and degradation but also hunting. On the Canaries, possibly fewer than 750 remain, and though hunting is prohibited, disturbance by off-road vehicles and collisions with powerlines remain problems.
About the photographer (2022)
José is a professional photographer specialising in nature photography. His knowledge of the natural environment of the Canary Islands, together with many years of experience, has helped him capture unique moments in the behaviour of many species. José's works has been published in National Geographic and Geo magazines and in books such as La Naturaleza de España and Handbook of the Birds of the World. His images have also been awarded in many national and international nature photography competitions.