Ground Hornbill, Bocorvus leadbeateri, large black bird of Africa, found on savannah, pale blue eye, pupil, bare skin, pink, long black eyelashes, eyelids, feathers, acts as sunshade, sunglasses, captive bird
A close up of the eye of a Ground Hornbill with long gorgeous black eyelashes and bright pink bare skin, no need for mascara.
Coypu or Nutria, Myocastor coypus, in French ragondin, introduced into France in 19th century for its fur, escaped lives in fresh water, abundant in the Camargue National Park, a pest, large burrows in mud banks, eats roots, stabilizing banks, causes floods, now exterminated from England, was a pest in The Norfolk Broads, long whiskers, orange teeth enamel, webbed feet, long strong claws
Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatorola, medium large wader, large black eye, short stout bill, winter plumage, long legs, breeds n low tundra, winters around coasts, on muddy estuaries such as the Dee, the Ribble and The Wash
Purple Sandpiper, Calidris maritima, medium-sized stocky wader, slightly decurved bill streaks on head and neck, scaly back with white and rusty marks, breed in high Arctic, most winter on rocky coasts, but some found on piers, breakwaters, on traditional wintering spots
Close up of this tame wader that overwinters in the UK.
Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, large Garfish, caught, holding in beak, hooked bill, brilliant blue eye, marbled pattern on fish, swimming, clear blue water, ripples, reflections, body submerged, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
A Double-crested Cormorant holding a very large Garfish in its beak.
European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, Adult, red face, gold wing bar, sharp pointed pink beak, black and white head, seed feeder, thistles, comes to bird feeders, garden, niger seed, flocks in winter, on snow laden branch, Fairburn Ings RSPB Reserve, Yorkshire
A close up of this attractive species on a snow covered Hawthorn branch, a typical winter scene.
Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, large, white, yellow and black beak, weed, water, feather, evening light, setting sun, reflections, wintering grounds, breed in Northern Europe and Iceland, migrate, traditional wintering sites, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust, near Ormskirk
A single Whooper Swan feeding on weed in late evening golden light with reflections on dark water.
Cook's tree Boa, Corallus cookii, coiled, asleep, on branches of mangrove, constrictor, lives on small mammals, amphibians and birds, common inhabitant of mangrove swamps, seen from one of the tourist boats, Caroni Swamp, Trinidad
Whooper Swans, Cygnus cygnus, preening, late afternoon, setting sun, red reflections on water, long elegant necks, sinuous, sweeping shapes, winter, migration, movements, traditional grounds, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust, Ormskirk
A pair of Whooper Swans preening in late afternnon on water coloured red by the setting sun, elegant sweeping shapes.
Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius, pod, Zambezi River, sunset, heads, shadows, ears, profile, wide river, hills in background in Zambia, colours reflected in water, taken from Zimbabwe side. Africa.
A group of Hippos in the Zambezi River at sunset, Zimbabwe.
Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, pair, large swans, white, black and yellow beak, long elegant necks, late afternoon, setting sun, red reflections on ripples, two Common coot, winter in UK, migrate, movements, Iceland, traditional sites, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust, Lancashire
Two swans on water coloured red by refelactions of setting sun, Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Common Teal, Anas crecca, male, swimming, water, reflections, white stripe on side, chestnut head, purple sheen on stripe around eye, common in winter, numbers increase with birds from the continent, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust
A well plumaged male swimming with good reflections, photographed on wintering grounds in Lancashire.
Radio transmitter, monitoring movements, migration, research, antenna, small white box, winter in the UK, breed on pools in tundra of northern Europe and Iceland, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust
Small transmitter attached to the back of a wintering Whooper Swan in Lancashire.
Northern Pintail, Anas acuta, drake, male, elongated tail feathers, winter visitor to UK, migratory, elegant, head chocolate brown, beak shiny grey, mud on beak, long pointed feathers, webbed feet, ring on right leg, migration studies, Martin Mere, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust
A study of an elegant male Pintail on wintering grounds in Lancashire.
Bison bison, American buffalo, grazing, herd, large males, flat sage plains, peaks, small glaciers, blue sky, white cumulus clouds, endangered species, recovered from small numbers after mass killing, dramatic backdrop, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Herd of Bison grazing on sage flats with superb backdrop of the dramatic peaks of the Grand Teton mountains.
West Indian Manatee, Trichechus manatus, nostrils above water, small eyes, ripples, largest member of order Sirenia, inhabitant of tropical waters, winters in Florida often in water warmed by power stations, found in Nariva swamp, Trinidad
Elk, Cervus canadensis, Wapiti, herd, grass, sage plains, harem, fall, mating, rutting, large dominant male, small glaciers, mountain peaks, blue sky, spectacular peaks, southern end, Rocky Mountains, Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA
Distant herd of elk on plains beneath the dramatic peaks of the Grand Tetons mountain range.
Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans, common, adult, crimson with blue cheeks, shoulders and tail, inhabits rain forests, eucalypt forests, feed on seeds in trees and on ground, O'Reilly's rain forest lodge, Lamington National Park, Queensland Australia
A brightly coloured Crimson Rosella feeding on the ground in Queensland Australia.
Australian Brush-Turkey, Alectura lathami, large black fowl, tail flattened sideways, bare red head and neck, large yellow wattle, pronounced in breeding male, lives in undergrowth of rain forests, strong feet and claws, roosts during heat of day, builds huge nest of dead leaves and vegetation, up to 4 metres wide and up to 2 metres high, often shy and secretive, restricted to forests of eastern Australia, Lamington National Park Queensland
A photograph of a large black turkey like bird that inhabits the tropical rainforests of Queensland and easten states of Australia.
Australian King Parrot, Alisterus scapularis, male, brilliant scarlet head and body, dark green wings, dark blue tail, bill red above, black below, yellow eye, , feeds on fruit blossom, can become tame, inhabits rain forests, restricted to eastern coastal mountains of Australia, Lamington National Park, Queensland. Australia.
A colourful male King Parrot perched on thin branch.
Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus, very colourful large lorikeet, scarlet bill, blue head, orange breast, green wings, yellow-green nape, adult, on twig with orange-yellow blossom, Common, in extreme west and north of Australia, inhabits rain forests, woodlands, nectar feeder, fruit raider, loquats, pears etc. Lamington National Park, Queensland.
A very colourful lorikeet living up to its name of rainbow perched on a branch with orange-yellow blossom.
Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao, large conspicuous parrot, huge beak, bare skin around a small eye, mostly scarlet, lower back blue, wings dark blue with bright yellow coverts, popular pet, found in Central America to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, some recent sightings in Trinidad where it used to occur, re-introduction programme in parts of Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao, large spectacular parrot, popular as a pet, preening, large powerful beak, found in Central and Southern America, very rare in Trinidad, some attempts to re-introduce the species, Costa Rica
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeanglae, tail flukes, black and white patches on underside, pattern used as a way to identify individuals, barnacles on outside edge, about to dive last between 3 to 9 minutes, Iceland
Australian King-Parrot, Alisterus scapularis, male red head , breast and belly, dark green wings, dark tail, yellow eye, red upper manible, black lower mandible, feeding from hand, seed, inhabits rain forests, tame, colourful, visitor attraction, O'Reilly's Rainforest Lodge, Queensland, Australia
A fine male King-Parrot taking fod from a hand whilst perched on the wrist.
Gentoo penguins, Pygoscelis papua, nests, pebbles, incubating eggs, edge of sea, small patch of snow, mud, puddles, large vertebra of a baleen whale spattered with pink droppings, coloured by food items, strange nesting site, Aitcho Island, Antarctica
Gentoo penguins nesting alongside a huge whale vertebra.
West Indian Manatee, Trichechus manutus, largest member of Order Sirenia, found throughout the Caribbean in quiet waters and swamps, some overwinter in Florida in rivers with hot springs or warm water from power stations, endangered, frequently injured by the propellers of boats
Gentoo Penguins, Pygoscelis papua, nests, mounds of small pebbles, four birds, incubating, shelter of two very large whale vertebrae, bones, baleen whale, black and white birds, red beaks, edge of sea, patch of snow, unusual nest site, pink droppings coloured by krill, shrimps and other crustaceans, Aitcho Island, Antarctica
Gentoo Penguin nests in the shelter of very large whale bones.
Common, Gray or Lesser Potoo, Nyctibius griseus, hunts insects at night, roosts in daytime, looks like dead stump, Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, a good place to see it, here roosts in mangrove trees, exceptional camouflage makes it difficult to see, haunting mournful call of five descending notes, gives it Trinidadian name of "Poor-me-one"
Common, Gray or Lesser Potoo, Nyctibius griseus, wonderful camouflage, like a dead tree stump, nocturnal, hunts insects at night, lowland forests, cocoa estates, savannahs and mangrove swamps, seen at daytime roosts in Caroni Swamp, Trinidad