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Snorkeling elephants, ballooning Porcupine Fish and diving Kingfishers are included in this selection of images we like to call 'Natural Moments' - images that reflect the complexity and curiosities of animal behavior and survival.
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) male weaving nest, Singapore  -  Graeme Guy/ BIA
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00544777 Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) male weaving nest, Singapore© Graeme Guy/ BIA
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) hunting vole in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Sequence 4 of 6  -  Donald M. Jones
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00546001 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) hunting vole in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Sequence 4 of 6© Donald M. Jones
Red Stink Bug (Pycanum rubeus) hatchlings cluster to amplify the effect of their aposematic warning coloration, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551691 Red Stink Bug (Pycanum rubeus) hatchlings cluster to amplify the effect of their aposematic warning coloration, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) group migrating upstream, Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
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00559030 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) group migrating upstream, Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) attacking bird in flight, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547813 Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) attacking bird in flight, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) pair searching for parasites on Impala, Mpumalanga, South Africa  -  Heini Wehrle/ BIA
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00547939 Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) pair searching for parasites on Impala, Mpumalanga, South Africa© Heini Wehrle/ BIA
Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) hopping across open ground, vulnerable, Berenty Reserve, southern Madagascar  -  Pete Oxford
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00210134 Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) hopping across open ground, vulnerable, Berenty Reserve, southern Madagascar© Pete Oxford
Anthony's Poison Arrow Frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) male carrying tadpoles, native to South America
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00556035 Anthony's Poison Arrow Frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) male carrying tadpoles, native to South America© Pete Oxford
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) pair fighting over fish prey, Stepnica, Poland
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00557502 White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) pair fighting over fish prey, Stepnica, Poland© Gert-Jan IJzerman/ NIS
Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis) using stick tool to reach food, native to Hawaii
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00564020 Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis) using stick tool to reach food, native to Hawaii© ZSSD
Two Black Kites (Milvus migrans) fighting in the air, Hokkaido, Japan, February  -  David Tipling/ npl
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90095285 Two Black Kites (Milvus migrans) fighting in the air, Hokkaido, Japan, February© DAVID TIPLING / NPL
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female mimicking wilting leaf, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00565935 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female mimicking wilting leaf, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp) being attacked by ants, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00571918 Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp) being attacked by ants, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Paul Bertner
Giant Crab Spider (Sparassidae) mother with spiderlings, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania
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00572097 Giant Crab Spider (Sparassidae) mother with spiderlings, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania© Paul Bertner
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) with a Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) on its head removing parasites, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
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00250226 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) with a Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) on its head removing parasites, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127830 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) group using trunks as snorkels while swimming across the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana  -  Richard Du Toit
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00429014 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) group using trunks as snorkels while swimming across the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana© Richard Du Toit
Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151495 Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male pursuing and blowing bubbles to attract female, in team-based mating behav ior, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS...  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00445247 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male pursuing and blowing bubbles to attract female, in team-based mating behav ior, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS...© Flip Nicklin
Reticulated Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) pair guarding two clutches of eggs, each at different stages of development, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511672 Reticulated Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) pair guarding two clutches of eggs, each at different stages of development, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) group grooming a dog, Rajasthan, India  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620110 Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) group grooming a dog, Rajasthan, India© Cyril Ruoso
Seven-spotted Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) drinking from raindrop, Europe  -  Jef Meul/ NIS
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00279768 Seven-spotted Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) drinking from raindrop, Europe© Jef Meul/ NIS
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) pair exchanging nest material mid-flight, Helgoland, Germany  -  Heike Odermatt
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00424536 Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) pair exchanging nest material mid-flight, Helgoland, Germany© Heike Odermatt
Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) watching butterfly, Northern Territories, Australia  -  Andy Rouse/ npl
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90094594 Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) watching butterfly, Northern Territories, Australia© Andy Rouse / NPL
Domestic Cat (Felis catus) scaring away a red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Kronotsky Nature Reserve,m Kamchatka, Russia  -  Igor Shpilenok/ npl
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90085878 Domestic Cat (Felis catus) scaring away a red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Kronotsky Nature Reserve,m Kamchatka, Russia© Igor Shpilenok/ npl
Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica OVERALL WINNER: Wildlife Photoghrapher of the Year 2010 from Eric Hosking Award portfolio image 2, 6  -  Bence Mate/ npl
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90114413 Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica OVERALL WINNER: Wildlife Photoghrapher of the Year 2010 from Eric Hosking Award portfolio image 2, 6© Bence Mate / NPL
Two bull Southern, Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) play fighting Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya February  -  Anup Shah/ npl
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90109798 Two bull Southern, Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) play fighting Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya February© Anup Shah / NPL
Thick-tailed Scorpion (Buthidae) mother carrying her young, Europe  -  Ingo Arndt
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00438152 Thick-tailed Scorpion (Buthidae) mother carrying her young, Europe© Ingo Arndt
Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) pair cleaning a Moray Eel (Gymnothorax ocellatus) 80 feet deep, Solomon Islands  -  Chris Newbert
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00971919 Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) pair cleaning a Moray Eel (Gymnothorax ocellatus) 80 feet deep, Solomon Islands© Chris Newbert
Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaf along branch, Amazonian Rainforest, Yavari Valley, Loreto, Peru  -  Mark Bowler/ npl
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90092220 Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) carrying leaf along branch, Amazonian Rainforest, Yavari Valley, Loreto, Peru© Mark Bowler / NPL
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) pair fighting over a fish, Usedom, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00198300 Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) pair fighting over a fish, Usedom, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) bachelor male chasing mother with three to six month old pup, Monterey Bay, California  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00438484 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) bachelor male chasing mother with three to six month old pup, Monterey Bay, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with scorpion prey, Arizona  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547443 Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with scorpion prey, Arizona© Alan Murphy/ BIA
African Lion (Panthera leo) fending off Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Africa  -  Pete Oxford
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00217942 African Lion (Panthera leo) fending off Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Africa© Pete Oxford
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar  -  Thomas Marent
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00426670 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar© Thomas Marent
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of the water with decoy, Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa  -  Stephen Belcher
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00433296 Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of the water with decoy, Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa© Stephen Belcher
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) attempting to catch leaping Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437111 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) attempting to catch leaping Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flock flying in formation to confuse hunting Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Europe  -  Ingo Arndt
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00438172 Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flock flying in formation to confuse hunting Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Europe© Ingo Arndt
Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) female, spawning, standing on her tiptoes while releasing a thin stream of eggs into the ocean, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151816 Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) female, spawning, standing on her tiptoes while releasing a thin stream of eggs into the ocean, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) with trapped Horse Fly (Tabanus bovinus), native to Cape Province, South Africa  -  Michael Durham
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00640124 Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) with trapped Horse Fly (Tabanus bovinus), native to Cape Province, South Africa© Michael Durham
Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) eggs at ten weeks after spawning, Washington  -  Michael Durham
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00640381 Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) eggs at ten weeks after spawning, Washington© Michael Durham
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751094 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), male at granary tree showing many acorns stored for winter survival, Orange County, California, USA  -  Marie Read/ npl
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90101968 Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), male at granary tree showing many acorns stored for winter survival, Orange County, California, USA© Marie Read / NPL
Pair of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) with courtship offering of insect prey, Pusztaszer, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary  -  Bence Mate/ npl
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90110105 Pair of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) with courtship offering of insect prey, Pusztaszer, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary© Bence Mate / NPL
Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) alevin hatching from egg with full yolk sac, Europe  -  Ingo Arndt
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00438332 Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) alevin hatching from egg with full yolk sac, Europe© Ingo Arndt
Volcan Alcedo Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) riding on back, Alcedo Volcano, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141014 Volcan Alcedo Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) riding on back, Alcedo Volcano, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale blowing toroidal bubble ring, Shimane Aquarium, Japan  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00270171 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale blowing toroidal bubble ring, Shimane Aquarium, Japan© Hiroya Minakuchi
Banded Archerfish (Toxotes jaculator) spraying water at a prey on a leaf, Nagasaki, Japan  -  Satoshi Kuribayashi/ Nature Prod
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00405787 Banded Archerfish (Toxotes jaculator) spraying water at a prey on a leaf, Nagasaki, Japan© Satoshi Kuribayashi/ Nature Production
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) courtship dance, Lobos De Tierra Island, Peru  -  Tui De Roy
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00140218 Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) courtship dance, Lobos De Tierra Island, Peru© Tui De Roy
Goldspecs Jawfish (Opistognathus randalli) male protectively incubating clutch of eggs in its mouth, Manado, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437720 Goldspecs Jawfish (Opistognathus randalli) male protectively incubating clutch of eggs in its mouth, Manado, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
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