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.
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
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.
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.