Highlights of images uploaded to the NPL site in Novemer and December 2013 included rare western lowland gorillas from Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers, weird Japanese giant salamanders from Yukihiro Fukuda, more endangered Amur leopards, and a wealth of great coverage on dolphins, penguins, albatrosses, seabirds from Christmas Island and the dramatic eruption of Plosky Tobalchik volcano in Kamchatka. New contributors David Pattyn and Paul Stewart joined us in 2012 and have added a new dimension to our collection with graphic European wildlife and illustrations of many extinct species.
Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) dominant male silverback 'Makumba' aged 32 years sitting in a tree, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republic. D...
Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) dominant male silverback 'Makumba' aged 32 years feeding on rotten wood from a tree while female 'Malui' and their juvenile son 'Tembo' aged 4 years s...
Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Mopambi' sitting with her playful infant 'Sopo' aged 18 months, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republi...
Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Malui' walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Repu...
Fiona Rogers / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) dominant male silverback 'Makumba' aged 32 years head and shoulders portrait, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African R...
Sergey Gorshkov / Lava and ash erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 15 December 2012
Sergey Gorshkov / Ash and lava erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 15 December 2012
Paul D Stewart / Aerial view of Grand Prismatic thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA. The bright colours are natural, coming from thermophile bacteria in the water. People can be seen walking on the raised...
Jack Dykinga / Star trails in sky over Alabama Hills, BLM eroded granite formation know as Mobius Arch. Eastern Sierra, California. May 2012.
Andy Trowbridge / Sandfly Bay at sunrise. Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. January, 2012 taken with 'Blue-n-Gold Polariser'
Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) males in a burrow at the time of spawning, Kurokawa River, Hyougo, Japan, September
Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) eggs, Japan, September
David Pattyn / Spectacled caiman (Caiman yacare) walking on a sandy shore at the edge of a river at night, Pantanal, Brazil
Loic Poidevin / Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) salmon fishing in river rapids, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
Yuri Shibnev / Wild Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) crossing a fallen tree over a river, Kedrovaya, Pad~Reserve, Far East Russia 1987
David Pattyn / African lioness (Panthera leo) head portrait, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Ernie Janes / Fallow deer (Cervus dama) two female does bathing in lake, Norfolk, UK July
David Pattyn / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) head portrait, The Netherlands
David Pattyn / Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) group of three on water, Lake Kerkini, Greece, March
Yukihiro Fukuda / White terns (Gygis alba) pair flying, Christmas Island / Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean, July
Ole Jorgen Liodden / Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) head portrait, Macquarie Island, Sub-Antarctic Australia. November.
Ole Jorgen Liodden / Royal Penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli) fighting, Macquarie Island, Sub-Antarctic Australia. November.
Ole Jorgen Liodden / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) chick in nesting area, Macquarie Island, Australia. November.
Alex Mustard / Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) silhouette, feeding on floating fish eggs (not visible) just below the surface in calm weather. Note the bow wave ahead of the shark. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan...
Jeff Rotman / Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) silhouette of one caught in gill net, Huatabampo, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean
Mark Taylor / Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, 8 weeks, lying with head up.
Mark Taylor / Tabby kittens, Stanley and Fosset, 12 weeks, walking together in unison.
Paul D Stewart / 'Martha' the last passenger pigeon, (Ectopistes migratorius), who died Cincinnati Zoo, September 1st, 1914. This portrait of her published in March 1915 as the Frontispiece to William Hornaday's 'The...
Paul D Stewart / Restoration of the Iguanodon by Alice B. Woodward from Lydekker's The Royal Natural History' Frederick Warne and co, 1896. This is one of the first reconstructions to correctly show the Iguanodon's th...
Paul D Stewart / Lithograph with contemporary colouring, continental version of the last wallchart produced by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins for the Department of Science and Art 1862. It is entitled 'Pachydermata and C...
Paul D Stewart / Illustration of Giant Octopus (Octopus dofleini) attacking a ship, 1815 copperplate engraving from Bertuch's 'Bilderbuch fur kinder' 16 plate 5. with contemporary colour. 'Colosal Polypus' (octopus) a...
Paul D Stewart / Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) from the Rev. Francis Orpen Morris' 'A History of British Birds' by the printer Benjamin Fawcett circa 1853. Morris was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for th...
Paul D Stewart / Photomontage of living gecko feet showing a variety of forms. Gecko feet employ very small subdivided filaments to bond with their substrates at the molecular level using Van Der Waals' forces. Every...
Ole Jorgen Liodden / Southern royal albatross pair (Diomedea epomophora) Campbell Island, New Zealand. November.
Oriol Alamany / Male African lion (Panthera leo), Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa, September.
Steven Kazlowski / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) pair walking at sunset in the arctic, North Slope of Brooks range, Alaska, USA
Brandon Cole / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving at sunset showing tail fluke, Alaska, USA, Pacific Ocean.
Brandon Cole / Bottlenosed dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) two leaping above surface at sunset, Honduras, Caribbean Sea.
David Pattyn / Common cranes (Grus grus) flock flying against colourful sky at sunrise, Pruchten, Germany, October
David Pattyn / Bewick's swans (Cygnus bewickii) four in flight, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, January
Vladimir Medvedev / Footprints of an Amur / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in sand along the edge of the Sea of Japan, Lazovskiy Zapovednik Nature Reserve, Primorsky Krai, Russian Far East. February 1992.
Vladimir Medvedev / Footprints of an Amur / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in sand along the edge of the Sea of Japan, Lazovskiy Zapovednik Nature Reserve, Primorsky Krai, Russian Far East. March 1992.
Vladimir Medvedev / Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) profile view, Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorskiy krai, Far East Russia. January, Critically endangered species.
Vladimir Medvedev / Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) rear view, Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorskiy krai, Far East Russia. December, Critically endangered species.
Vladimir Medvedev / Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) on rocky slope at night, Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorskiy krai, Far East Russia, December, Critically endangered species.