Welcome to the Year of the Sheep
19th February marks the start of the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac, so we’re celebrating our coverage on sheep and goats, both wild and domesticated. Amongst the earliest of all domesticated animals, there are now 2 billion sheep and goats worldwide. View our gallery and find out more about these surprising animals…
Discover Rabbit Island!
Find out why Okunojima in Japan is known as Rabbit Island – through Yukihiro Fukuda’s cute and surprising images!
Jenny Maclean – Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to Jenny Maclean, President of the Tolga Bat Hospital, who won first place in the Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year awards.
Check out our gallery on her work in rescuing and rehabilitating Spectacled flying foxes.
Lake Baikal – Icy Wonderland
Discover the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake through Olga Kamenskaya’s amazing images. View the gallery or download a pdf to read the full story.
Comet Lovejoy in January Skies
NPL photographer Charlie Summers captured this image of Comet Lovejoy from Colorado, USA on January 10th. This spectacular comet will remain on view in the northern hemisphere, in the Triangulum constellation, until the end of January. At its closest point to Earth on January 7th, it was a mere 43 million miles away and its next visitation here is expected in 8000 years!
Three Months of Highlights
We’ve got 3 new galleries of monthly highlights to share with you. November 2014 includes primates, okapis and Chinese material, December 2014 contains Lake Baikal and new African landscapes and conservation, while January 2015 has urban wildlife and the world’s rarest dolphin.
The flight of the bar-headed goose revealed
A new tracking study has revealed the secrets of the world’s highest bird migration – the Himalayan flight of the bar-headed goose. It has been discovered that rather than reaching a high altitude and staying there they hug the mountainous terrain in order to save energy. View our lightbox of bar-headed geese images here .
Nature Picture Library Winners 2014
We’re celebrating the New Year 2015 with a round-up of NPL photographers’ awards in the major European photography competitions of last year. Check out our gallery of 2014 winning and commended images.
India – Land of Tigers and Temples
To celebrate the UK publication of Axel Gomille’s latest book, we have created a gallery of his Indian photography, which is showcased in India – Land of Tigers and Temples, just published by John Beaufoy Publishing.
Dramatic New Cloud Formation Named
Undulatus asperatus was first proposed as a new type of cloud in 2009, and if formally recognized will be the first cloud formation named in 60 years.
This image was taken at Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. To find out more, view our lightbox.