Some Of the Best Photos Of This Years NatGeo Nature

 

 

Pied Falconet is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae. They’re very small

Pied Falconet Family, Kant Liang

 

Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.

Honorable Mention, Landscapes: Cold And Misty, Gheorghe Popa

 

Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.

Second Place Winner, Landscapes: Dushanzi Grand Canyon, Yuhan Liao

 

An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.

Second Place Winner, Wildlife: Mother's Love, Alejandro Prieto

 

 

Plunder, Wanling Tang

 

A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. Rampant palm oil cultivation threatens this critically endangered ape, forcing the normally arboreal species to resort to unusual behavior—such as wading through crocodile-infested rivers—in order to survive.
Grand Prize Winner: Face To Face In A River In Borneo, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

 

I have shot Great Cormorants flying off for hundreds of times. However, this was the only moment when I caught the perfect lights and background, when the bird flew in the right direction, close enough to me, making this exciting sight possible.

People's Choice: Showtime, Bence Mate

 

Wintertime in Transylvania! Yes, you’re right: it’s THAT Transylvania and this is the road that leads you to Sighisoara, the birthplace of Count Dracula!

Winter In Transylvania #1, Calin Stan

 

The three Chinstrap penguins

Chin Up, Paul Goldstein

 

Went to the very north of Denmark, skagen, at sunrise and found this willing model.

One Happy Seal Model, Lars Lykke

 

On the morning drive in the forests of pench tiger reserve, i found this little one practising his skills. These skills would help him in growing into adulthood successfully. the backlight made this fraqme more interesting. Play Time, Chandrashekar Kalyanasundaram

 

A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs.

Honorable Mention, Wildlife: Macaque Maintenance, Lance Mcmillan

 

I spotted a moray eel while free-diving off the coast of Maui. I followed the eel from a distance, watching it slither through the reef peering into each dark hole it came across. Finally, the eel found what it was looking for and darted its head into a dark hole and started aggressively attacking. Dark ink shot out and octopus legs begin reaching out of the hole.

Curves, Ian Nelson

 

Galapagos Marine Iguanas sneeze to expel excess salt water after they feed in the ocean.

Sneeeze!, M. Engelmann

The calm before the storm

Étirement, Joël Fischer

 

Free diver swimming over a pod of sleeping sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, Vulnerable (IUCN). The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales. Sperm whales are known to dive as deep as 1,000 meters in search of squid to eat. Image has been shot in Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean.

Swimming Over The Sleepers, Franco Banfi

 

Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.

People's Choice, Landscapes: Kalsoy, Wojciech Kruczyński

 

The Mountain goats of Colorado USA 

There Is Always Room For One More, Eivor Kuchta

 

That’s a mouthful!

People's Choice: Game Of Stars, Pedro Carrillo

 

Wild wild nature 

Monster From The Deep, Paul Kingston

 

Early in the morning, the young male lion came to the dense flower sea, and he felt very satisfied. Swinging his head in the breeze, I took the picture.

The Lion In The Sea Of Flowers, Ge Xiao

 

Shortly before twilight in Kalapana, Hawai’i, a fragment of the cooled lava tube broke away, leaving the molten rock to fan in a fiery spray for less than half an hour before returning to a steady flow.

First Place Winner, Landscapes: Firefall, Karim Iliya

 

When all other bears are asleep for the winter, in a remote part of the yukon, one mother has learned that the river in her territory does not freeze and the fish keep coming into late november. covered in ice as her wet coat freezes in the -25C air temperatures, she raises her family in the most extreme of conditions.

No Ordinary Bear, Andy S.

 

A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summer morning; thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australia’s eastern coast every year.

People's Choice, Underwater: Drift, Matthew Smith

 

The perfect camouflage 

Mother Natures Camo, Cole Frechou

 

Bear from the water Kamchatka, Russia

Liquid Bear, Mike Korostelev

Symmetry in nature is amazing

Lavender Waves, Ernie Black

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