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This month's highlights starts in the north with Pal Hermansen's imaginative Scandinavian imagery and Tony Wu's appealing flying squirrels. Then we head to Antarctica for a bold set of emperor penguin images from Stefan Christmann's new book. But there is also a summery feel with Lorraine Bennery's colourful portfolio on European orchids and some unusual insect coverage, including scientists studying the catastrophic decline in insect populations. And you will also find desert landscapes and burrowing owls from Jack Dykinga and Bryan Alexander's portraits from his Changing Face of the Arctic project.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) head, close-up. Svalbard, Norway. September.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) head, close-up. Svalbard, Norway. September.
Beaver (Castor fiber) portrait. Trondelag, Norway. May.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Beaver (Castor fiber) portrait. Trondelag, Norway. May.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagpus) in winter pelage, head and eyes portrait. Svalbard, Norway. September.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Arctic fox (Alopex lagpus) in winter pelage, head and eyes portrait. Svalbard, Norway. September.
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) feeding on prey, view through legs. Trondelag, Norway. December.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) feeding on prey, view through legs. Trondelag, Norway. December.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) two adults brooding chicks, age 6-8 weeks, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) two adults brooding chicks, age 6-8 weeks, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship dance, viewed past a Mute swan (Cygnus olor). Oslo, Norway. April.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship dance, viewed past a Mute swan (Cygnus olor). Oslo, Norway. April.
Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) portrait, Lake Kerkini, Greece, February.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) portrait, Lake Kerkini, Greece, February.
Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) chick in its second week out of the burrow, testing its wings, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA . May.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) chick in its second week out of the burrow, testing its wings, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA . May.
Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) resting, portrait. Svalbard, Norway. July.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) resting, portrait. Svalbard, Norway. July.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) male sitting in tree, portrait. Hokkaido, Japan. March  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) male sitting in tree, portrait. Hokkaido, Japan. March
Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) hauled out on ice, reflected in water. Svalbard, Norway. May.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) hauled out on ice, reflected in water. Svalbard, Norway. May.
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) female and twin fawns walking one behind the other through snow, in forest. Buskerud, Viken, Norway. March.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) female and twin fawns walking one behind the other through snow, in forest. Buskerud, Viken, Norway. March.
Wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) male silhouetted at dawn. Forollhogna National Park, Innlandet, Norway.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) male silhouetted at dawn. Forollhogna National Park, Innlandet, Norway.
RF - Wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) herd on cloudy morning. Forollhogna National Park, Innlandet, Norway. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / RF - Wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) herd on cloudy morning. Forollhogna National Park, Innlandet, Norway. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) silhouetted in forest at night. Finland. August.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Brown bear (Ursus arctos) silhouetted in forest at night. Finland. August.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) sitting on branch. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) sitting on branch. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) on tree trunk beside nest hole. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) on tree trunk beside nest hole. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) pair on tree trunk, female in oestrus in nest hole, male sitting on guard above to fend off approaching males. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) pair on tree trunk, female in oestrus in nest hole, male sitting on guard above to fend off approaching males. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) grasping onto branch at dusk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) grasping onto branch at dusk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) sitting on tree trunk outside nest hole at dusk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) sitting on tree trunk outside nest hole at dusk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Moose (Alces alces) walking through snow covered forest in morning light. Osterdalen Valley, Innlandet, Norway. January 2017.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Moose (Alces alces) walking through snow covered forest in morning light. Osterdalen Valley, Innlandet, Norway. January 2017.
Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in forest, view from below, remote camera shot. Akershus, VIken, Norway. February.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in forest, view from below, remote camera shot. Akershus, VIken, Norway. February.
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) sow with piglet, silhouetted in rain at night. South Sweden. May.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wild boar (Sus scrofa) sow with piglet, silhouetted in rain at night. South Sweden. May.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.
Moths (Lepidoptera) swarming with flight trails, attracted by light during insect trapping and identification session. Long-term monitoring in De Kaaistoep Nature Reserve, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Ju...  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Moths (Lepidoptera) swarming with flight trails, attracted by light during insect trapping and identification session. Long-term monitoring in De Kaaistoep Nature Reserve, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Ju...
Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus), two resting amongst grasses, in morning. The Netherlands. July.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus), two resting amongst grasses, in morning. The Netherlands. July.
Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) feeding on sedum (Hylotelephium) in a garden. Wales, UK. Summer.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) feeding on sedum (Hylotelephium) in a garden. Wales, UK. Summer.
Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) yellow female on Honesty flower, Bristol, UK, April  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) yellow female on Honesty flower, Bristol, UK, April
Orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) two females on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis). The Netherlands. March.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) two females on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis). The Netherlands. March.
RF - White-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) peering over Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) flower. The Netherlands. August. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free...  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / RF - White-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) peering over Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) flower. The Netherlands. August. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free...
Ant-mimicking crab spider (Amyciaea lineatipes) predating a weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) . Ant-mimicking crab spiders live around ant colonies. Buxa tiger reserve, India. Winning Portfolio of th...  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Ant-mimicking crab spider (Amyciaea lineatipes) predating a weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) . Ant-mimicking crab spiders live around ant colonies. Buxa tiger reserve, India. Winning Portfolio of th...
Cockchafer beetle (Melolontha melolontha) on lichen encrusted twig. France. May.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Cockchafer beetle (Melolontha melolontha) on lichen encrusted twig. France. May.
Antolian orchid (Orchis anatolica) Kannavia, Cyprus, March.  -  Lorraine Bennery
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Lorraine Bennery / Antolian orchid (Orchis anatolica) Kannavia, Cyprus, March.
Long spurred orchid (Anacamptis longicornu) Bosco della Ficuzza, Sicily, April.  -  Lorraine Bennery
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Lorraine Bennery / Long spurred orchid (Anacamptis longicornu) Bosco della Ficuzza, Sicily, April.
Yellow bee orchid (Ophrys lutea), Licodia Eubea, Sicily, April.  -  Lorraine Bennery
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Lorraine Bennery / Yellow bee orchid (Ophrys lutea), Licodia Eubea, Sicily, April.
Crab spider (Thomisus onustus) on white flowerhead, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, May.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Crab spider (Thomisus onustus) on white flowerhead, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, May.
Orchid (Ophrys obaesa), Buccheri, Sicily, April.  -  Lorraine Bennery
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Lorraine Bennery / Orchid (Ophrys obaesa), Buccheri, Sicily, April.
Ladies slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) , Chichilianne , Verdon Regional Natural Park, France, June.  -  Lorraine Bennery
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Lorraine Bennery / Ladies slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) , Chichilianne , Verdon Regional Natural Park, France, June.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) pair silhouetted, Antarctica.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) pair silhouetted, Antarctica.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) huddling in a storm, Antarctica.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) huddling in a storm, Antarctica.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) colony at night with Aurora Australis, Antarctica.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) colony at night with Aurora Australis, Antarctica.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) standing on ice, its breath condensing in the cold air as it calls in search of its mate, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) standing on ice, its breath condensing in the cold air as it calls in search of its mate, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) colony with chicks, age 9-12 weeks, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) colony with chicks, age 9-12 weeks, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) fledglings, some moulting, aged 20-24 weeks, on the edge of an ice shelf, waiting to jump into the sea, polar summer, Atka Bay, Antarctica. January. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) fledglings, some moulting, aged 20-24 weeks, on the edge of an ice shelf, waiting to jump into the sea, polar summer, Atka Bay, Antarctica. January. Bookplate.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) parents with chick, Antarctica.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) parents with chick, Antarctica.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) adults with their chick in front of the colony, Atka Bay, Antarctica. December. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) adults with their chick in front of the colony, Atka Bay, Antarctica. December. Bookplate.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) in courtship, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) in courtship, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) chick age 18-20 weeks, Antarctica.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) chick age 18-20 weeks, Antarctica.
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