BuzzFeed has compiled some lovely snaps: “The 35 most spectacular wildlife photos from the National Geographic Traveler photo contest.” You can see more entries over at National Geographic and vote for your favorite. In the meantime, here’s a handful of my favorites from the BuzzFeed compilation.
(Click photos to enlarge: photo credits are in lower right corner.)
I suspect this first one is staged: how often do chameleons come down from the trees?
This photo of a desert fox takes the prize for Cutest Entry, even though it’s a d-g. Look at those ears! (Desert mammals like the jackrabbit often have large ears, which act as radiators for excess body heat.)
Gator in the rain:
I don’t know how the photographer got this one unless he was buried in the ground and covered by glass!
No comment necessary:
Lovebirds (well, I don’t know if they’re technically lovebirds, but they’re clearly affectionate):
Barn owl on the wing:
More parrots; perhaps some reader can identify the species:
Second prize for cuteness: baby penguins.
This reptilian chapeau may be a Drosophila:
Again, I don’t know the species, but I’m sure a reader will oblige. An amazing photo taken at the moment of a fish strike:
h/t: Ed Yong via Matthew Cobb