Wildlife

Birds fly as the sun sets through haze in Beijing

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Birds fly as the sun sets through a haze in Beijing

Starlings in the Scottish Borders...Tens of thousands of starlings start their murmuration, with Criffel mountain in the background, as dusk falls near Gretna Green on the England and Scotland border. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 5, 2014. The reason for the beautiful spectacle is not definitively known, with theories ranging from a defence mechanism against predators to attracting more birds to join their roost. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Starlings. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Tens of thousands of starlings start their murmuration, with Criffel mountain in the background, as dusk falls near Gretna Green on the England and Scotland border. The reason for the beautiful spectacle is not definitively known, with theories ranging from a defense mechanism against predators to attracting more birds to join their roost. 

Pink footed geese take off to feed from Montrose Basin on November 5, 2014 in Montrose, Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust have recorded more than 78,000 geese arriving to spend the winter in the reserve, eclipsing a previous record, set in 2010, which saw 65,060 geese arrive at the nature reserve.

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Pink-footed geese take off to feed from Montrose Basin on Wednesday in Montrose, Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust have recorded more than 78,000 geese arriving to spend the winter in the reserve, eclipsing a previous record set in 2010

Butterflies Are Released Into The Natural History Museum's Exhibtion...LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Natural History Museum's 'Sensational Butterflies' outdoor butterfly house on March 31, 2014 in London, England. The temporary attraction on the East Lawn of the Natural History Museum houses hundreds of free-flying, rare butterflies and runs from April 3, 2014 until September 14, 2014.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Natural History Museum’s “Sensational Butterflies” outdoor butterfly house in London. The temporary attraction on the museum’s East Lawn houses hundreds of free-flying, rare butterflies and runs from April 3 until September 14. 

Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom

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Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom 

Spring weather Mar 7th...A Red Squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth, jumps across a wall in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 7, 2014. Kielder Forest is England's largest forest at 250 square miles and is home to the largest remaining Red Squirrel population in England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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A red squirrel, with a nut in its mouth, jumps across a wall in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. Kielder Forest is England’s largest forest at 250 square miles and is home to the largest remaining red squirrel population in England 

Japanese Macaques groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town

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Japanese Macaques groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, on Monday.

A family of Asiatic wild elephants search for food in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India.

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A family of Asiatic wild elephants search for food in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India.

White Stork on stop sign...epa03910744 A stork perches on a stop sign near Immerath, Germany, 15 October 2013, before continuing his journey to search for his favourite food targets - mice, frogs and other small animals.  EPA/FEDERICO GAMBARINI

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A stork perches on a stop sign near Immerath, Germany, before continuing its journey to search for its favourite food – mice, frogs and other small animals. 

An Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) arrives to spawn at the start of the nesting season at Ixtapilla beach, on the Pacific coast of Michoacan State, Mexico. According to local residents, more than 1000 turtles are expected to arrive each day during the nesting season.

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An olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) arrives to spawn at the start of the nesting season at Ixtapilla beach, on the Pacific coast of Michoacán state, Mexico. According to local residents, more than 1,000 turtles are expected to arrive each day during the nesting season.

An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya. The Kenyan and Tanzanian government have started a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in the shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Natron-Magadi landscape. The seven day survey will cost $104,000.

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An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya. The Kenyan and Tanzanian government have started a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in the shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Natron-Magadi landscape. The seven day survey will cost $104,000.

A stork sits in a nest in the morning sun near Lebus, eastern Germany on August 23, 2013. Many of the species are already on their way south for the winter.

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A stork sits in a nest in the morning sun near Lebus, eastern Germany on Friday. Many species are already on their way south for the winter.

Crows stop at an urn filled with water in a Tokyo park.

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Crows stop at an urn filled with water in a park in Tokyo, Japan.

Activists with faces painted to resemble tigers, take part in a protest against the trade in Sumatran tigers on Global Tiger Day, in Jakarta.

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Activists, with faces painted to resemble tigers, take part in a protest against the trade in Sumatran tigers on Global Tiger Day, in Jakarta

Professor Xie Yong works on an art installation of a beaver, which is made from plastic and around 300,000 needles, in Shenyang, China. The needles, according to Xie, represent the pain felt by animals when their fur is taken to produce clothing.

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Professor Xie Yong works on an art installation of a beaver, which is made from plastic and about 300,000 needles, in Shenyang, China. The needles, according to Prof Xie, represent the pain felt by animals when their fur is taken to produce clothing.

A peacock spreads its colorful feathers at the zoo of Duisburg, Germany, Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Federico Gambarini)

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A peacock spreads its colourful feathers at Duisburg zoo, Germany on Friday.