We've had a big influx of more than 4800 new images on the site in the last month, including a great variety of European, African and North American wildlife bird portraits and action shots, invertebrate coverage from new contributor Lorraine Bennery and a dizzying array of graphic landscape and florals, amongst them the spectacular recent blooming of the Californian deserts.
Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) split level view of young investigating camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel, August
Christophe Courteau / Burchell's zebra (Equus burchelli) head portrait, South Africa
Danny Green / Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) close up ram's head shot, Yellowstone National Park, USA, February
Erlend Haarberg / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying portrait, Vauldalen, Norway April
Alex Mustard / RF - High magnification photo of Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria) in boulder brain coral (Colpophyllia natans). East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea. (Th...
Ingo Arndt / Land snail (Polymita picta) collection of shells showing variation in patterning, Cuba. Endemic species.
Alex Mustard / Yellow tube sponge (Aplysina fistularis) on a coral reef, with the camera rotated during the long exposure. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
Edwin Giesbers / RF - Bamboo (Phylostachys aureosulcata). Occurs in China. Utrecht University Botanic Garden s, Utrecht, the Netherlands, May (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Dong Lei / Primula flowers (Primula involucrata) Balang Mountain, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China.
Jack Dykinga / Whipple Mountain foothills, with mass bloom of Notch-leaf scorpion-weed (Phacelia crenula) and Heartleaf evening primrose (Camissonia cardiophylla) Whipple Mountain Wilderness in background, Sonoran D...
Clay Bolt / Mining bee (Andrena sp) resting within a saucer magnolia bloom, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, April.
Jack Dykinga / Flowering Sand verbena (Abronia) and Birdcage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) close up, Anza-Borrego State Park, California, USA. March 2017. These plants are flowering during on largest 'supe...
Rolf Nussbaumer / Bewick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii), adult perched on icy branch of Possum Haw Holly (Ilex decidua) with berries, Hill Country, Texas, USA. February
Lorraine Bennery / Knapweed fritillary butterflies (Melitaea phoebe) on Green winged orchid (Anacamptis morio), Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, France, May.
Ross Hoddinott / RF - Harts tongue fern (Phyllitis scolopendrium) leaf unfurling and creating the shape of a heart, Cornwall, UK, May. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Jack Dykinga / Notch-leaf scorpion-weed (Phacelia crenulata) blooming around Desert agave (Agave desertii) in Glorieta Canyon, Anza-Borrego State Park, California, USA, March 2017. These plants are flowering during...
Inaki Relanzon / Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) at sunset. Previously extinct in the wild, their conservation status is now stable thanks to conservation efforts.This male is part of a reintroduction program in Dubai, U...
Staffan Widstrand / Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) in atmospheric light, herding in the Saarivuoma Sami community, at Jarama, Ovre Soppero, Lapland, Laponia, Norrbotten county, Sweden January
Mark Hamblin / RF - Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) adult in summer coat leaping onto fallen log. Scotland, UK. September. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Erlend Haarberg / RF - Two Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) fighting / boxing. Vauldalen, Norway. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Denis-Huot / Pack of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) playing, Motswari Game Reserve, South Africa.
Erlend Haarberg / RF - Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) portrait, Vauldalen, Norway. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Andy Rouse / European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) resting in snow. Taken in controlled conditions. UK, January.
Danny Green / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) scratching up against tree in snow, Finland, April
Ann & Steve Toon / Plains zebra (Equus quagga) drinking at waterhole at night, Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, September
Ann & Steve Toon / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) at waterhole at night with plains zebra (Equus quagga), Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, September
Danny Green / RF - Black Bear (Ursus americanus) female and cub, Minnesota, USA. June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Ingo Arndt / Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in tree, captive, China
Barrie Britton / Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Fazenda Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil. Taken on location for BBC Wild Brazil series.
Christophe Courteau / Long tail / Crab eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) stealing food from tourist bungalow, Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo. Malaysia.
Christophe Courteau / Plain / Burchell's zebras in dust (Equus burchelli) Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana.
Christophe Courteau / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull crossing a river in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Christophe Courteau / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) charging, Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa.