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Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) sliding down slope on back after losing footing. Panda Breeding Centre, Wolong, Sichuan, China. January 1987.  -  Heather Angel
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Heather Angel / Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) sliding down slope on back after losing footing. Panda Breeding Centre, Wolong, Sichuan, China. January 1987.
Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Winner of Nature category in World Press Photo awar...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Winner of Nature category in World Press Photo awar...
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia, formerly Dendroica petechia), male in breeding plumage, Ithaca, New York, USA. May 2020.  -  Marie Read
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Marie Read / Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia, formerly Dendroica petechia), male in breeding plumage, Ithaca, New York, USA. May 2020.
Wood duck (Aix sponsa) male in breeding plumage. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. April.  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / Wood duck (Aix sponsa) male in breeding plumage. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. April.
Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) courtship dance in snow, Hokkaido, Japan  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) courtship dance in snow, Hokkaido, Japan
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, chick climbing back into nest, with the midnight sun, Norway, July  -  Ismaele Tortella
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Ismaele Tortella / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, chick climbing back into nest, with the midnight sun, Norway, July
Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) colony in mist, many birds in flight and nesting on cliffs. Svalbard, Norway, July 2018.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) colony in mist, many birds in flight and nesting on cliffs. Svalbard, Norway, July 2018.
Tracking shot of a Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, nesting on cliff ledges, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway.  -  Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Tracking shot of a Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, nesting on cliff ledges, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway.
Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) nesting on cliff ledges, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway.  -  Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) nesting on cliff ledges, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway.
Alkefjellet cliffs at dusk, with Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, 2016.  -  Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Alkefjellet cliffs at dusk, with Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, 2016.
Tracking shot of a Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, 2016.  -  Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Tracking shot of a Brunnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) breeding colony, Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, 2016.
Termite (Macrotermes mossambicus) winged individual on pile of wings shed by other termites, with winged male Carpenter ants (Camponotus). Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Highly commended in the...  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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Piotr Naskrecki / Termite (Macrotermes mossambicus) winged individual on pile of wings shed by other termites, with winged male Carpenter ants (Camponotus). Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Highly commended in the...
Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photojournalism Ca...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photojournalism Ca...
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) portrait, in falling snow. Captive bred, in enclosure, Panda Breeding Centre, Wolong, Sichuan Province, China. February 2008.  -  Heather Angel
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Heather Angel / Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) portrait, in falling snow. Captive bred, in enclosure, Panda Breeding Centre, Wolong, Sichuan Province, China. February 2008.
Captive reared juvenile White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in flight over the Knepp Estate soon after release, Sussex, UK, August 2019.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Captive reared juvenile White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in flight over the Knepp Estate soon after release, Sussex, UK, August 2019.
Captive reared juvenile White stork (Ciconia ciconia) with a GPS tracker on its back in flight over the Knepp Estate soon after release, Sussex, UK, August 2019.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Captive reared juvenile White stork (Ciconia ciconia) with a GPS tracker on its back in flight over the Knepp Estate soon after release, Sussex, UK, August 2019.
Wild cat (Felis sylvestris) portrait, part of captive breeding project at Alladale Estate, Scotland, UK, October.  -  David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Wild cat (Felis sylvestris) portrait, part of captive breeding project at Alladale Estate, Scotland, UK, October.
European beaver (Castor fiber) rear view in wetlands, in captive breeding programme .Bevis Trust, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, May.  -  David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / European beaver (Castor fiber) rear view in wetlands, in captive breeding programme .Bevis Trust, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, May.
European Beaver (Castor fiber) amongst Pondweed (Potomogeton natans) in freshwater lake Bevis Trust, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, June.  -  David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / European Beaver (Castor fiber) amongst Pondweed (Potomogeton natans) in freshwater lake Bevis Trust, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, June.
Snowy egret (Egretta thula) shows its breeding plumage. St. Johns Management Area, Florida, USA, March.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Snowy egret (Egretta thula) shows its breeding plumage. St. Johns Management Area, Florida, USA, March.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup on a breeding beach, Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup on a breeding beach, Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) using freshwater pools along the shore line and in the adjacent fields as place to learn to swim, Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) using freshwater pools along the shore line and in the adjacent fields as place to learn to swim, Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.
Young grey seal pup (Halichoerus grypus) recently born on a beach in Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Young grey seal pup (Halichoerus grypus) recently born on a beach in Orkney, Scotland, UK, April.
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched in pear (Pyrus sp.) blossom, eastern redbud in background, New York, USA. May.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched in pear (Pyrus sp.) blossom, eastern redbud in background, New York, USA. May.
American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) adult feeding chick, Long Island, New York, USA. June.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) adult feeding chick, Long Island, New York, USA. June.
American avocet (Recurvirostra americana), adult in breeding plumage foraging by sweeping its bill from side to side through shallow water, Orange County, California, USA, April.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / American avocet (Recurvirostra americana), adult in breeding plumage foraging by sweeping its bill from side to side through shallow water, Orange County, California, USA, April.
Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) pair performing post-copulatory display (as copulation ends, the male slides off the female leaving his wings draped over her and crossing his bill with hers...  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) pair performing post-copulatory display (as copulation ends, the male slides off the female leaving his wings draped over her and crossing his bill with hers...
Black skimmers (Rynchops niger), three in non-breeding plumage on beach, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. January. Digitally altered to remove distractions.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Black skimmers (Rynchops niger), three in non-breeding plumage on beach, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. January. Digitally altered to remove distractions.
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in breeding plumage, head and shoulders showing plumes on crown and neck, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, New York, USA, May.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in breeding plumage, head and shoulders showing plumes on crown and neck, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, New York, USA, May.
Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) flying over a pattern of kelp and sea foam, photographed from above, St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA. July.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) flying over a pattern of kelp and sea foam, photographed from above, St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA. July.
Roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) adult in breeding plumage preening tail feathers, Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA, January.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) adult in breeding plumage preening tail feathers, Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA, January.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilocus colubris), male flying in to feed from cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) New York, USA. August.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilocus colubris), male flying in to feed from cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) New York, USA. August.
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent standing beside its three developing chicks. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cotswold...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent standing beside its three developing chicks. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cotswold...
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) nest at captive breeding colony raising chicks for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire, UK, May 2019.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) nest at captive breeding colony raising chicks for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire, UK, May 2019.
Richard Wardle feeding fish to recently hatched White stork (Ciconia ciconia) chicks in nest. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Esta...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Richard Wardle feeding fish to recently hatched White stork (Ciconia ciconia) chicks in nest. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Esta...
Recently hatched White stork (Ciconia ciconia) chicks begging for food in their nest. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cots...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Recently hatched White stork (Ciconia ciconia) chicks begging for food in their nest. In captive breeding colony raising young birds for UK White Stork reintroduction project at the Knepp Estate. Cots...
Juvenile California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) begging for food from a decoy, used to attract breeding pairs to deserted nest sites, Huntington Beach, California, USA, June.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Juvenile California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) begging for food from a decoy, used to attract breeding pairs to deserted nest sites, Huntington Beach, California, USA, June.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony, males huddling on sea ice during polar night, incubating eggs, ice shelf in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony, males huddling on sea ice during polar night, incubating eggs, ice shelf in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddling, males incubating eggs, on sea ice under full moon in polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddling, males incubating eggs, on sea ice under full moon in polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony on sea ice, ice shelf in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony on sea ice, ice shelf in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony incubating eggs, huddling during winter storm. Penguins on outside repositioning themselves to gain protection from weather. Atka Bay, A...  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony incubating eggs, huddling during winter storm. Penguins on outside repositioning themselves to gain protection from weather. Atka Bay, A...
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony huddling during winter storm. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony huddling during winter storm. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony, mainly males brooding eggs, huddled together on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding colony, mainly males brooding eggs, huddled together on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group sliding over ice, returning to form breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group sliding over ice, returning to form breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group sliding over sea ice, returning to form breeding colony. Iceberg in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group sliding over sea ice, returning to form breeding colony. Iceberg in background. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April 2017.
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