Snapper party is the winner of the underwater category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. For several days each month, thousands of two spot red snappers gather to spawn around Palau in the western Pacific Ocean. The action is intense as the fish fill the water with sperm and eggs, and predators arrive to take advantage of the bounty.
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A Red-eyed green frog (Agalychnis callidryases) at the Montibelli private wildlife reserve, Ticuantepe, Nicaragua
A grey egret preens itself near Pusztaszer, southeast of Budapest, Hungary
A fan-throated lizard, which features in the final of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award at The Natural History Museum in London
Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand
The one month old elephant Anjuli plays with her sister Shila on World Elephant Day at the Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, Germany.
A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel
Birds fly as the sun sets through a haze in Beijing
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.
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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
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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
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, 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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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.
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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 Friday. Many species are already on their way south for the winter.