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Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling, noxious chemical spray, Nagasaki, Japan.  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling, noxious chemical spray, Nagasaki, Japan.
Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) attacking an Arctic Fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) protecting its nest site, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended, MAMMALS,  GDT 2011 competition  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) attacking an Arctic Fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) protecting its nest site, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended, MAMMALS, GDT 2011 competition
Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} uncurling from defensive ball  -  Mark Payne-Gill
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Mark Payne-Gill / Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} uncurling from defensive ball
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill (a large dead Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)) from another cub, North London, UK. August.  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill (a large dead Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)) from another cub, North London, UK. August.
Large rose sawfly (Arge pagana) larvae feeding on ornamental rose leaves in summer, Berkshire, September  -  Nigel Cattlin
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Nigel Cattlin / Large rose sawfly (Arge pagana) larvae feeding on ornamental rose leaves in summer, Berkshire, September
Common eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female defending her nest from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. June.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Common eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female defending her nest from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. June.
Larvae of Birch sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) in alarm position, Upper Bavaria, Germany. October.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Larvae of Birch sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) in alarm position, Upper Bavaria, Germany. October.
Sardines (Clupeidae) fleeing from predators in the early morning. They were being herded and chased by Trevallies and Blacktip reef sharks in the water, and picked off by brown boobies and terns from...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sardines (Clupeidae) fleeing from predators in the early morning. They were being herded and chased by Trevallies and Blacktip reef sharks in the water, and picked off by brown boobies and terns from...
Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) young orphan, curled in a ball in grass. France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) young orphan, curled in a ball in grass. France.
Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglet aged five days, eyes not yet open  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglet aged five days, eyes not yet open
Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglet age one week, curled into a ball, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglet age one week, curled into a ball, France.
Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) female sleeping with her hoglets, age 6 days, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) female sleeping with her hoglets, age 6 days, France.
Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) carrying hoglet, age 10 days to new nest. France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) carrying hoglet, age 10 days to new nest. France.
Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) three hoglets, age three wee weeks, following adult female. France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) three hoglets, age three wee weeks, following adult female. France.
Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglets age six days, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglets age six days, France.
Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglets uncurling from ball, age 10 days, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) hoglets uncurling from ball, age 10 days, France.
Boxer Crab (Lybia tessellata) with sea anemones in its claws for defense. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Boxer Crab (Lybia tessellata) with sea anemones in its claws for defense. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) spitting venom. Kruger, South Africa. Controlled conditions.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) spitting venom. Kruger, South Africa. Controlled conditions.
Eastern tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) female, Yarra River corridor in suburban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in mid-summer. She is in a defensive pre-strike position with hood expanded, accompanie...  -  Robert Valentic
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Robert Valentic / Eastern tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) female, Yarra River corridor in suburban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in mid-summer. She is in a defensive pre-strike position with hood expanded, accompanie...
Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis) in defensive position, on flower, Chinambi, Carchi, Ecuador.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis) in defensive position, on flower, Chinambi, Carchi, Ecuador.
Sawfly larvae (Nematus pavidus) defensive posture, Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. September.  -  Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Sawfly larvae (Nematus pavidus) defensive posture, Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. September.
European barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) and Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) circling baitball of Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) Formigas Islets, Azores. Finalist in the Underwater Categ...  -  Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / European barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) and Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) circling baitball of Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) Formigas Islets, Azores. Finalist in the Underwater Categ...
Silk moth (Automeris zugana) sequence 2 of 2, with wings open to reveal eyespots, a means of deterring predators, photographed on a white background in mobile field studio, Cordillera de Talamanca mou...  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Silk moth (Automeris zugana) sequence 2 of 2, with wings open to reveal eyespots, a means of deterring predators, photographed on a white background in mobile field studio, Cordillera de Talamanca mou...
Prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis), threat display, South Dakota, USA September. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis), threat display, South Dakota, USA September. Sequence 1 of 3
Black-and-white kitten, Loona, age 11 weeks, arching back.  -  Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Black-and-white kitten, Loona, age 11 weeks, arching back.
Herring gull (Larus argentatus) mobbing White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with fish prey, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary. March.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Herring gull (Larus argentatus) mobbing White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with fish prey, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary. March.
Gull mobbing White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with fish prey, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary. March.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Gull mobbing White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with fish prey, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary. March.
Juvenile White tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)in flight, with Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) mobbing it, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. January.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Juvenile White tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)in flight, with Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) mobbing it, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. January.
Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) mobbing Buzzard (Buteo buteo) Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. January.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) mobbing Buzzard (Buteo buteo) Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. January.
Grass snake (Natrix natrix) juvenile playing dead, Alvao, Portugal, April.  -  Luis  Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Grass snake (Natrix natrix) juvenile playing dead, Alvao, Portugal, April.
Pacific golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva) male performing distraction display pretending to have broken wing, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA. June.  -  Gerrit  Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Pacific golden-plover (Pluvialis fulva) male performing distraction display pretending to have broken wing, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA. June.
Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) baring teeth as a sign of submission, Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Gibraltar,  -  Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) baring teeth as a sign of submission, Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Gibraltar,
Backlit detail of branching fire coral (Millepora alcicornis) showing the hair like polyps, filled with stinging nematocysts. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Caribbean Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Backlit detail of branching fire coral (Millepora alcicornis) showing the hair like polyps, filled with stinging nematocysts. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Caribbean Sea.
Raven (Corvus corax) mobbing Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), Hornoya Island, Varanger Peninsula, Norway, March.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Raven (Corvus corax) mobbing Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), Hornoya Island, Varanger Peninsula, Norway, March.
Cheetah  (Acinonyx jubatus) male juvenile aged about 18 months approaching a kill, wide angle view. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) male juvenile aged about 18 months approaching a kill, wide angle view. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Arctic tern (Sterna paridisea) mobbing, Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic tern (Sterna paridisea) mobbing, Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Tabby and white semi-longhaired kitten in defensive posture,  arching back and fluffing up tail as two Border collie puppies  approach, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Tabby and white semi-longhaired kitten in defensive posture, arching back and fluffing up tail as two Border collie puppies approach, France.
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) attacking Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) pup, Sperrgebiet National Park, Namibia, December. Sequence 3/6  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) attacking Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) pup, Sperrgebiet National Park, Namibia, December. Sequence 3/6
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) mobbing Euasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) Pusztaszer, Hungary, June.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) mobbing Euasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) Pusztaszer, Hungary, June.
Carrion crows (Corvus corone) harassing Buzzard (Buteo buteo) trying to steal its prey, Warwickshire, England, UK, March  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Carrion crows (Corvus corone) harassing Buzzard (Buteo buteo) trying to steal its prey, Warwickshire, England, UK, March
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, close up of scales, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, close up of scales, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling and defending their eggs from Southern Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) hunting for unattended eggs or chicks, Sea Lion island, The Falklands, South Atlantic.  -  Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling and defending their eggs from Southern Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) hunting for unattended eggs or chicks, Sea Lion island, The Falklands, South Atlantic.
Female goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) hiding Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) prey from passing crows. Southern Norway, February.  -  Andy  Trowbridge
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Andy Trowbridge / Female goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) hiding Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) prey from passing crows. Southern Norway, February.
Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) with wings spread in defensive display to protect nest, captive, Parc zoologique et forestier / Zoological and Forest Park, Noumea, South Province, New Caledonia. Endangered...  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) with wings spread in defensive display to protect nest, captive, Parc zoologique et forestier / Zoological and Forest Park, Noumea, South Province, New Caledonia. Endangered...
White-backed Vulture (Gyps Africanus) feeding, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya  -  Denis-Huot,Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot,Denis-Huot / White-backed Vulture (Gyps Africanus) feeding, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
African Lioness (Panthera leo) portrait, with aggressive expression because of cubs nearby Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African Lioness (Panthera leo) portrait, with aggressive expression because of cubs nearby Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) three coiled, Dorset, UK, September.  -  Colin Varndell,Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell,Colin Varndell / White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) three coiled, Dorset, UK, September.
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