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Great images from every part of the world have been added to our site over the last month.

Anup Shah and Suzi Eszterhas have provided great African wildlife, while Nick Garbutt and Mary McDonald have been working on rainforest creatures, Hanne and Jens Eriksen have visited Oman to document Middle Eastern wildlife, and Gerrit Vyn has sent us images of the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the wildlife of the region.



We've also added great British and European winter birds by Markus Varesvuo, Paul Hobson and Ross Hoddinott, plus strong British coastal scenese and dolphins. Laurent Geslin has given us more striking urban wildlife images from Paris and London, while David Fleetham and Georgette Douwma demonstrate the startling colours of the underwater world.
Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera). Yanacocha montane forest, Ecuador. May.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera). Yanacocha montane forest, Ecuador. May.
Montezuma's Oropendola (Psarocolius oropendola)perched on a Palm frond, calling, Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica.  -  Mary McDonald
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Mary McDonald / Montezuma's Oropendola (Psarocolius oropendola)perched on a Palm frond, calling, Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica.
Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird (Campylopterus hemileucurus) male hovering at feeder, Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica, Central America.  -  Mary McDonald
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Mary McDonald / Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird (Campylopterus hemileucurus) male hovering at feeder, Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica, Central America.
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) adult bird perched on the edge of the forest. Laguana del Lagarto, Costa Rica, Central America.  -  Mary McDonald
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Mary McDonald / Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) adult bird perched on the edge of the forest. Laguana del Lagarto, Costa Rica, Central America.
Common / Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) foal walking alongside its mother, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common / Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) foal walking alongside its mother, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.
African lion (Panthera leo) adolescents play fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. April.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) adolescents play fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. April.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf aged 3-6 months wanting to suckle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf aged 3-6 months wanting to suckle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.
African lioness (Panthera leo) silhouetted climbing down a tree at dawn, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lioness (Panthera leo) silhouetted climbing down a tree at dawn, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on trowel handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on trowel handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January
Young Sami girl leading Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) at start of Spring migration. Kautokeino, Norway, 1972.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Sami girl leading Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) at start of Spring migration. Kautokeino, Norway, 1972.
European grey wolf (Canis lupus lupus) immature, socialising with handler, Human interaction socialisation project, Wolf conservation, Scandinavia, Captive  -  Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / European grey wolf (Canis lupus lupus) immature, socialising with handler, Human interaction socialisation project, Wolf conservation, Scandinavia, Captive
Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) feeding on snow covered Rowan (Sorbus) berries, whilst in flight, Kuusamo, Finland, Scandinavia, January. Magic Moments book plate.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) feeding on snow covered Rowan (Sorbus) berries, whilst in flight, Kuusamo, Finland, Scandinavia, January. Magic Moments book plate.
Common reef octopus (Octopus cyanea), Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Common reef octopus (Octopus cyanea), Hawaii.
Mouth of the worlds largest fish, the Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Donsol, Philippines.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Mouth of the worlds largest fish, the Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Donsol, Philippines.
False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) just below surface exhaling as it breaks the surface. Maui, Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) just below surface exhaling as it breaks the surface. Maui, Hawaii.
Schooling Brown striped snapper (Xenocys jessiae) and Yellowtail sawtail (Prionurus laticlavius), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Schooling Brown striped snapper (Xenocys jessiae) and Yellowtail sawtail (Prionurus laticlavius), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Schooling Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) framed in a lava formation off the island of Lanai, Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Schooling Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) framed in a lava formation off the island of Lanai, Hawaii.
Soft coral (Dendronephthya mucronata) on sandy seabed. Komodo National Park, Indonesia  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Soft coral (Dendronephthya mucronata) on sandy seabed. Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Sea pen (Virgularia gustaviana) with a small porcelain crab on sandy sea bed, purple form. Rinca, Indonesia.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Sea pen (Virgularia gustaviana) with a small porcelain crab on sandy sea bed, purple form. Rinca, Indonesia.
Spiral wire coral (Cirrhipathes sp) Indonesia  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Spiral wire coral (Cirrhipathes sp) Indonesia
Tree coral (Dendronephthya sp) on sandy sea bed. Rinca, Komodo National Park, Indonesia  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Tree coral (Dendronephthya sp) on sandy sea bed. Rinca, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Schooling Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) framed in a lava formation off the island of Lanai, Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Schooling Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) framed in a lava formation off the island of Lanai, Hawaii.
Pair of squat lobsters (Galathea sp) on Gorgonian coral, Komodo, Indonesia.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Pair of squat lobsters (Galathea sp) on Gorgonian coral, Komodo, Indonesia.
Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), Philippines.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), Philippines.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) on snow covered garden lawn. Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) on snow covered garden lawn. Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January
Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male standing on snow covered moorland, Peak district, England, UK. January.  -  Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male standing on snow covered moorland, Peak district, England, UK. January.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in snowy garden, with garden trowel in the background. Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in snowy garden, with garden trowel in the background. Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January
Blackbird (Turdus merula) male perched on branch with berries after heavy snowfall, Helsinki, Finland, Scandinavia, December.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Blackbird (Turdus merula) male perched on branch with berries after heavy snowfall, Helsinki, Finland, Scandinavia, December.
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) flying during snow fall, Norway, Scandinavia, April.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) flying during snow fall, Norway, Scandinavia, April.
Greenfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on branch, feeding on snow covered berries, Vantaa Finland, Scandinavia, December.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Greenfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on branch, feeding on snow covered berries, Vantaa Finland, Scandinavia, December.
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on snow covered tree branch, Yorkshire, England, UK. December.  -  Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on snow covered tree branch, Yorkshire, England, UK. December.
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying during snowfall, Norway, Scandinavia, April.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying during snowfall, Norway, Scandinavia, April.
Snowy owl (Bubo scandiaca) close up of female landing on snow covered ground, Canada, February. Magic Moments book plate.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Snowy owl (Bubo scandiaca) close up of female landing on snow covered ground, Canada, February. Magic Moments book plate.
Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) portrait sitting in snow, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) portrait sitting in snow, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.
Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) flying through woodlands, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) flying through woodlands, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.
Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) landing / hunting inthe snow, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey owl (Strix nebulosa) landing / hunting inthe snow, Tornio, Finland, Scandinavia, March.
Net-casting / Ogre-faced Spider (Deinopis sp.) with net. Active at night, Masoala National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Net-casting / Ogre-faced Spider (Deinopis sp.) with net. Active at night, Masoala National Park, Madagascar.
Three Mossy Leaf-tailed Geckos (Uroplatus sikorae) in differing colour morphs. From forest understorey at night. Masoala National Park, Madagascar. Photographed on white background  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Three Mossy Leaf-tailed Geckos (Uroplatus sikorae) in differing colour morphs. From forest understorey at night. Masoala National Park, Madagascar. Photographed on white background
Stump-tailed Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) on white background, from rainforest leaf-litter. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Stump-tailed Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) on white background, from rainforest leaf-litter. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.
Rainbow millipede (Aulacobolus rubropunctatus) captive  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Rainbow millipede (Aulacobolus rubropunctatus) captive
Male Giraffe-necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Montane rainforest, Vohiparara, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Male Giraffe-necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Montane rainforest, Vohiparara, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.
Male Parson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo parsonii) in rainforest understorey. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Male Parson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo parsonii) in rainforest understorey. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.
Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) camouflaged on orchid flower, captive, from SE Asia  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) camouflaged on orchid flower, captive, from SE Asia
Stump-tailed Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) in rainforest leaf-litter, eyes pointing in different directions. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Stump-tailed Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) in rainforest leaf-litter, eyes pointing in different directions. Masoala National Park, Madagascar.
Adult male Fosa (Crytoprocta ferox) on deciduous forest floor. Kirindy Forest, western Madagaascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Adult male Fosa (Crytoprocta ferox) on deciduous forest floor. Kirindy Forest, western Madagaascar.
Adult male Fosa (Crytoprocta ferox) yawning, on deciduous forest floor. Kirindy Forest, western Madagaascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Adult male Fosa (Crytoprocta ferox) yawning, on deciduous forest floor. Kirindy Forest, western Madagaascar.
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) head portrait, with head lowered and looking intently past the camera, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) head portrait, with head lowered and looking intently past the camera, captive.
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) head portrait, with mouth open, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) head portrait, with mouth open, captive.
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