Birds fly as the sun sets through a haze in Beijing
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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 colourful feathers at Duisburg zoo, Germany on Friday.