Wildlife

epa05593700 A handout picture provided by Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Snapper party, Tony Wu, US  Winner, underwater category 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. Noticing that the spawning ran ‘like a chain reaction up and down the mass of fish’, Wu positioned himself so that the action came to him. On this occasion, with perfect anticipation, he managed to capture a dynamic arc of spawning fish amid clouds of eggs in the oblique morning light.  EPA/TONY WU / WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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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. 

A Red-eyed green frog (Agalychnis callidryases) photographed at the Montibelli private wildlife reserve, in the municipality of Ticuantepe, 15km south of Managua, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCONINTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images

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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

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A grey egret preens itself near Pusztaszer, southeast of Budapest, Hungary

Y JANUARY 11.  Undated handout photo issued by the Natural History Museum of  "Warrior of the grassland", by Anup Deodhar from India, showing a fan-throated lizard, which featured in the final the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Photographer. Photo credit should read: Anup Deodhar/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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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

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Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

A spider is silhouetted against a string of lights in Overland Park, Kansas.

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The one month old elephant Anjuli plays with her sister Shila on World Elephant Day at the Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, Germnay.

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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.

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A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel

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.