Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) female on nest after snowfall. Tartumaa, Southern Estonia. March.
Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) female on nest in tree stump. Tartumaa, Southern Estonia. April.
Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) female in flight having taken off from nest, in evening light. Tartumaa, Southern Estonia. May.
Tui De Roy / Flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), two on rock. Bird drying wings in foreground with other sitting on nest in background. Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos.
Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) landing. Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, Galapagos.
Bence Mate / European roller (Coracias garrulus) peering out of nest with feather, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary, February.
Nick Garbutt / Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru.
Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) male jumping, Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China
Guy Edwardes / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), Savuti, Botswana.
Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June.Finalist in the Portfolio Category...
Paul D Stewart / Photographic reconstruction of Archaeopteryx by Paul D. Stewart. The fossils of this species was from 150 million years ago, and is thought of as a stage between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.
Alex Hyde / RF - Scarlet macaw (Ara macao) pair preening, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Alex Hyde / RF - Close up of feathers of a Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Alex Mustard / Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids. Seraya Bay, north coast of Bali, Indonesia. Java Sea.
Fred Olivier / Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) moving a feather in its nest, Aitcho Island, South Shetland Islands.
Danny Green / Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) preening in late evening light, Heimaey, Westman Isles, Iceland, June
Lou Coetzer / Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura) male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Michel Poinsignon / Great white egret (Egretta alba) preening feathers, Pusztaszer, Hungary, April
Michel Poinsignon / Great white egret (Egretta alba) detail of plumage and legs from the front, Pusztaszer, Hungary, April
Bence Mate / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) close up of feathers, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary, February.
Bence Mate / Group of Little egrets (Egretta garzetta) displaying its ornamental feathers, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary. February.
Bence Mate / Spoonbilll (Platalea leucorodia) portrait, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. February.
Bence Mate / Close up of Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) preening, Danube Delta, Romania
Markus Varesvuo / Female Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) with newly hatched chick on nest, Kuhmo, Finland, June.
Markus Varesvuo / Female Black grouse (Tetrao / Lyrurus tetrix) perched in tree covered in snow, Inari Kiilopaa, Finland, January.
Markus Varesvuo / Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) plucking Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Kuusamo, Finland, April.
Markus Varesvuo / Two male Black grouse (Tetrao / Lyrurus tetrix) fighting, Kuusamo, Finland, April.
Markus Varesvuo / Male Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) displaying, Jalasjarvi, Finland, April.