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Our photographers have provided an intriguing mix of new images this month. We have David Pattyn's intimate studies of great crested grebes, Jiri Lochman's rare images of Australia's lesser known marsupials, some great macro work from Alex Hyde and Stephen Dalton, and varied material from the Americas, spanning the plains of Canada, the coastal reserves of Mexico and the endemic species of the Galapagos. Tony Wu, Claudio Contreras, David Fleetham and Shane Gross add some fascinating new behavioural material on fish and marine life around the world. Watch out too from some fresh takes on urban foxes and badgers!
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on its back competing for the best position. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on its back competing for the best position. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young chicks in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands.  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young chicks in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on nthe back busy with jockeiing for the best position on the back Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on nthe back busy with jockeiing for the best position on the back Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chicks on its back, portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chicks on its back, portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chicks on the back while the other parent is feeding the chicks with a fish Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chicks on the back while the other parent is feeding the chicks with a fish Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parents busy feeding their young with fish, in this case a small Tench (Tinca tinca) Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. June  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parents busy feeding their young with fish, in this case a small Tench (Tinca tinca) Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. June
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with young on the back and one swimming close, portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with young on the back and one swimming close, portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chick on its back and one next to it in the water; portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlan...  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parent bird with chick on its back and one next to it in the water; portrait in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlan...
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult grebe shaking chick off its back to go fishing for itself. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult grebe shaking chick off its back to go fishing for itself. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands May
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young chick on the back preening in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May.  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young chick on the back preening in the first morning light Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. May.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult grebe shaking young off its back to go fishing for itself. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands May  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult grebe shaking young off its back to go fishing for itself. Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands May
Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.
Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.
Western Pygmy-possums (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of Large-fruited Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana), Great Victoria Desert, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Western Pygmy-possums (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of Large-fruited Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana), Great Victoria Desert, Australia.
Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on Yellow Lantern Banksia (Banksia lemanniana), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.
Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of a Grevillea (Grevillea georgeana), Helena Aurora Range proposed National Park, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of a Grevillea (Grevillea georgeana), Helena Aurora Range proposed National Park, Australia.
Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers -licking the pollent presented- of a Grevillea (Grevillea georgeana), Helena Aurora Range proposed National Park, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers -licking the pollent presented- of a Grevillea (Grevillea georgeana), Helena Aurora Range proposed National Park, Australia.
Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on the nectar of Granite Kunzea (Kunzea pulchella), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), feeding on the nectar of Granite Kunzea (Kunzea pulchella), at night, Mount Gibbs Nature Reserve, Western Australia.
Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of Large-fruited Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana), Great Victoria Desert, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Western Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus concinnus) feeding on flowers of Large-fruited Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana), Great Victoria Desert, Australia.
Mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus), Kosciuszko National Park, Australia. Critically endangered species.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus), Kosciuszko National Park, Australia. Critically endangered species.
Mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) consuming its staple food Boggong moth (Agrotis infusa) on which it fattens to survive the long alpine winter, Kosciuszko National Park, Australia. Critically e...  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) consuming its staple food Boggong moth (Agrotis infusa) on which it fattens to survive the long alpine winter, Kosciuszko National Park, Australia. Critically e...
Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata picata), Cape Tribulation National Park, the Wet Tropics of Queensland UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Queensland, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata picata), Cape Tribulation National Park, the Wet Tropics of Queensland UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Queensland, Australia.
Southern greater glider (Petauroides volans), the Gondwana Rainforest UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Southern greater glider (Petauroides volans), the Gondwana Rainforest UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Australia.
Squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis), Marraguldrie State Forest, south-eastern New South Wales, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis), Marraguldrie State Forest, south-eastern New South Wales, Australia.
Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilberti) female with joey, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Critically endangered species.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilberti) female with joey, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Critically endangered species.
Brush-tailed Bettong or Woylie (Bettongia penicillata), Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia. Critically endangered species.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Brush-tailed Bettong or Woylie (Bettongia penicillata), Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia. Critically endangered species.
Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), on the mainland, Waychinicup National Park, Western Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), on the mainland, Waychinicup National Park, Western Australia.
Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville), on Heirisson Prong, Shark Bay UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Western Australia. Endangered species.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville), on Heirisson Prong, Shark Bay UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Western Australia. Endangered species.
Greater bilby or bilby (Macrotis lagotis) Canning Stock Route, Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia. Vulnerable  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Greater bilby or bilby (Macrotis lagotis) Canning Stock Route, Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia. Vulnerable
Bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata) Idalia National Park, Queensland, Australia.  -  Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata) Idalia National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Conical brittlestem fungus (Psathyrella conopilus), Peerdsbos, Brasschaat, Belgium  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Conical brittlestem fungus (Psathyrella conopilus), Peerdsbos, Brasschaat, Belgium
Scarlet elf cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing on dead branches floating in an area of flooded woodland. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. February.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Scarlet elf cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing on dead branches floating in an area of flooded woodland. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. February.
Slime mould (Leocarpus fragilis), fully developed sporangia on grass, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. September.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Slime mould (Leocarpus fragilis), fully developed sporangia on grass, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. September.
Bonnet fungus (Mycena spp), New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Bonnet fungus (Mycena spp), New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.
Green elfcup fungus (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) fruiting bodies on decaying wood. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. November. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Green elfcup fungus (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) fruiting bodies on decaying wood. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. November. Focus stacked image.
Green elfcup fungus (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) fruiting bodies on decaying wood. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. November. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Green elfcup fungus (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) fruiting bodies on decaying wood. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. November. Focus stacked image.
Collared earthstar (Geastrum triplex) fungus growing on forest floor. Spores are ejected when the fungus is disturbed, such as by falling raindrops. Peak District National park, Derbyshire. UK. Novemb...  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Collared earthstar (Geastrum triplex) fungus growing on forest floor. Spores are ejected when the fungus is disturbed, such as by falling raindrops. Peak District National park, Derbyshire. UK. Novemb...
Common puffball fungus (Apioperdon pyriforme) emitting spores into the air. Spores are ejected when the fungus is disturbed, such as by falling raindrops. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK....  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Common puffball fungus (Apioperdon pyriforme) emitting spores into the air. Spores are ejected when the fungus is disturbed, such as by falling raindrops. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK....
Velvet Shank / Winter Fungus (Flammulina velutipes), growing on moss-covered dead tree. Park District National Park, UK. December. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Velvet Shank / Winter Fungus (Flammulina velutipes), growing on moss-covered dead tree. Park District National Park, UK. December. Focus stacked image.
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) Sussex, England, UK, October.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) Sussex, England, UK, October.
Magpie inkcap / magpie fungus (Coprinopsis picacea) with caps deliquescing, New Forest National Park, hampshire, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Magpie inkcap / magpie fungus (Coprinopsis picacea) with caps deliquescing, New Forest National Park, hampshire, England, UK. October.
Clustered bonnet (Mycena inclinata), close-up showing white gills, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Clustered bonnet (Mycena inclinata), close-up showing white gills, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.
Glistening ink caps (Coprinus micaceus), New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Glistening ink caps (Coprinus micaceus), New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK. October.
Bog cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Bog cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September.
Broad-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton natans) growing in moorland pool, with raindrops beading on the hydrophobic surface of the leaves. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. December.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Broad-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton natans) growing in moorland pool, with raindrops beading on the hydrophobic surface of the leaves. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. December.
Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) one of largest flowers in the world. Blooming in Papillote Garden, Dominica, West Indies.  -  Derek Galon
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Derek Galon / Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) one of largest flowers in the world. Blooming in Papillote Garden, Dominica, West Indies.
Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) one of largest flowers in the world. Blooming in Papillote Garden, Dominica, West Indies.  -  Derek Galon
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Derek Galon / Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) one of largest flowers in the world. Blooming in Papillote Garden, Dominica, West Indies.
Close up of snowflakes surrounded by frost on a car window early in the morning. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. Febauary.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Close up of snowflakes surrounded by frost on a car window early in the morning. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. Febauary.
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