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Eyecatchers are show-stopping and surprising standalone images from the natural world, accompanied by the photographers’ stories from behind the lens. This gallery is a great place to look for those special one-off images, suitable for double-page spreads or simply for inspiration and ideas.

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Golden Eagle adult (Aquila chrysaetos) silhouetted in tree after sunset, Kuusamo, Finland, January.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Golden Eagle adult (Aquila chrysaetos) silhouetted in tree after sunset, Kuusamo, Finland, January.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) landing on Lake Kerkini, Greece  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) landing on Lake Kerkini, Greece
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) attacking a hornet (Vespa crabro). Honeybees survive a 1 degree Celsius higher body temperature than hornets. When they attack the hornet, they cover it, heat their own bod...  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) attacking a hornet (Vespa crabro). Honeybees survive a 1 degree Celsius higher body temperature than hornets. When they attack the hornet, they cover it, heat their own bod...
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female  territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remo...  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remo...
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) feeding on icicle formed from sap of Painted maple tree (Acer pictum). Hokkaido, Japan. February.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) feeding on icicle formed from sap of Painted maple tree (Acer pictum). Hokkaido, Japan. February.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on drifting sea ice. Svalbard, Norway.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on drifting sea ice. Svalbard, Norway.
Slime mould (Physarum robustum), in mature reproductive phase. Close-up of erupted fruiting bodies (sporangia), bearing thousands of spores. UK. The much smaller fruiting bodies in the bottom of the f...  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Slime mould (Physarum robustum), in mature reproductive phase. Close-up of erupted fruiting bodies (sporangia), bearing thousands of spores. UK. The much smaller fruiting bodies in the bottom of the f...
A white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), habituated after being fed by locals and tourists, sticks its head into the photographer's car in New Brunswick, Canada.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / A white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), habituated after being fed by locals and tourists, sticks its head into the photographer's car in New Brunswick, Canada.
Multiple exposure of a cherry tree (Prunus sp) in blossom. Potsdam, Germany. April. Created using 10 exposures.  -  Sandra Bartocha
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Sandra Bartocha / Multiple exposure of a cherry tree (Prunus sp) in blossom. Potsdam, Germany. April. Created using 10 exposures.
Waves crashing on beach and carrying sediments back out to sea, aerial view. The Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Waves crashing on beach and carrying sediments back out to sea, aerial view. The Bahamas.
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with backlit wings, and water spray, Norway, October  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with backlit wings, and water spray, Norway, October
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) female probably heavily pregnant, resting/bottling at the surface in shallow water, head above water, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) female probably heavily pregnant, resting/bottling at the surface in shallow water, head above water, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK
Schneider's leaf-nosed bats (Hipposideros sperosis) in half submerged old temple ruins. Hampi World UNESCO Heritage Site, Karnataka, India  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Schneider's leaf-nosed bats (Hipposideros sperosis) in half submerged old temple ruins. Hampi World UNESCO Heritage Site, Karnataka, India
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) shaking its wings with slow shutter speed to reveal movement, Martin Mere WWT Reserve, Lancashire, UK.  -  Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) shaking its wings with slow shutter speed to reveal movement, Martin Mere WWT Reserve, Lancashire, UK.
Lilliehook glacier, calving sequence 1/2. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. 25th July 2020.  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Lilliehook glacier, calving sequence 1/2. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. 25th July 2020.
Waves crashing against sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse during Storm Ciara, people storm watching surrounded by waves. Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK. February 2020.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Waves crashing against sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse during Storm Ciara, people storm watching surrounded by waves. Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK. February 2020.
Lightning caused fire on Mount Lemmon, Forest Service Fire suppression Wildland Firefighters use helicopters to 'bomb' the hot spots to control the spread. Mount Lemmon's north palisades,...  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Lightning caused fire on Mount Lemmon, Forest Service Fire suppression Wildland Firefighters use helicopters to 'bomb' the hot spots to control the spread. Mount Lemmon's north palisades,...
Artichoke coral (Scolymia cubensis), close-up of mouth. Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Artichoke coral (Scolymia cubensis), close-up of mouth. Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) playing with pufferfish, Mosquera Islet, Galapagos.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) playing with pufferfish, Mosquera Islet, Galapagos.
Saturniid moth (Aurivillius triramis), Laraganga Mole National Park, Ghana, Africa  -  Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Saturniid moth (Aurivillius triramis), Laraganga Mole National Park, Ghana, Africa
Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. Magnus  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. Magnus
Lemon shark juvenile (Negaprion brevirostris) swimming in mangrove habitat near blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), a prey species for the shark. Eleuthera, Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Lemon shark juvenile (Negaprion brevirostris) swimming in mangrove habitat near blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), a prey species for the shark. Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) na...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) na...
Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx virgo), male flying, Wales, UK.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx virgo), male flying, Wales, UK.
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
American Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) on tree trunk drinking in a beaver pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / American Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) on tree trunk drinking in a beaver pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise over Colmer's Hill , Bridport, Dorset, UK. July 2020  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise over Colmer's Hill , Bridport, Dorset, UK. July 2020
Beech (Fagus sylvatica) 'tortuosa' or twisted variety. Ruegen, Germany, March.  -  Sandra Bartocha
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Sandra Bartocha / Beech (Fagus sylvatica) 'tortuosa' or twisted variety. Ruegen, Germany, March.
Four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) dragonflies resting on backlit reeds close to the water's edge, Broxwater, Cornwall, UK. May.  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) dragonflies resting on backlit reeds close to the water's edge, Broxwater, Cornwall, UK. May.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, three sleeping near den. Yonne, France. May.  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, three sleeping near den. Yonne, France. May.
Longhorn beetle (Leiopus nebulosus) showing the long antennae, Hertfordshire, England, UK, June - Captive - Focus Stacked  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Longhorn beetle (Leiopus nebulosus) showing the long antennae, Hertfordshire, England, UK, June - Captive - Focus Stacked
A lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) flying over grassland habitat at night. Devon, UK.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) flying over grassland habitat at night. Devon, UK.
Spectacled caiman (Caiman yacare), split level view in the Pantanal wetlands region, Brazil, South America.  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Spectacled caiman (Caiman yacare), split level view in the Pantanal wetlands region, Brazil, South America.
Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Nazca booby (Sula granti) biting at Vampire ground finch (Geospiza septentrionalis) which was feeding on its blood, Wolf Island, Galapagos.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Nazca booby (Sula granti) biting at Vampire ground finch (Geospiza septentrionalis) which was feeding on its blood, Wolf Island, Galapagos.
Gerra beach, Oyambre Natural Park, San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabrian Sea, Cantabria, Spain.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Gerra beach, Oyambre Natural Park, San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabrian Sea, Cantabria, Spain.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) landing at its nest in a Bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) draped with epiphytic Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides). Blue Cypress Lake, Florida, USA. April.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) landing at its nest in a Bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) draped with epiphytic Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides). Blue Cypress Lake, Florida, USA. April.
Young Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) at breathing hole Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia. April.  -  Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Young Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) at breathing hole Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia. April.
Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) pup on ice, endemic species. Lake Baikal, Russia, April.  -  Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) pup on ice, endemic species. Lake Baikal, Russia, April.
White-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), female excavating nest in birch tree, expelling  wood chips from hole,   Finland, April.  -  Jussi Murtosaari
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Jussi Murtosaari / White-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), female excavating nest in birch tree, expelling wood chips from hole, Finland, April.
Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cacti silhouetted against morning sun. Optical phenomenon known as glory in sky caused by sun burning off ground fog. Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA....  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cacti silhouetted against morning sun. Optical phenomenon known as glory in sky caused by sun burning off ground fog. Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA....
Young Eagle hunter (Berkutchi) with his Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) portrait, Altai, Mongolia. Model released.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Young Eagle hunter (Berkutchi) with his Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) portrait, Altai, Mongolia. Model released.
Amphipod (Acanthogammarus victorii), Lake Baikal, Russia. June. Endemic to Lake Baikal.  -  Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Amphipod (Acanthogammarus victorii), Lake Baikal, Russia. June. Endemic to Lake Baikal.
Striped Slender Robberflies (Leptogaster cylindrica) Ledston, Yorkshire, June. Focus stacked image.  -  Oliver Wright
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Oliver Wright / Striped Slender Robberflies (Leptogaster cylindrica) Ledston, Yorkshire, June. Focus stacked image.
Pine marten (Martes martes) running over moss in coniferous forest. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland, UK. September. Camera trap image.  -  Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Pine marten (Martes martes) running over moss in coniferous forest. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland, UK. September. Camera trap image.
Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in upland hay meadow, Northumberland National Park, UK, June.  -  Ann & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in upland hay meadow, Northumberland National Park, UK, June.
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