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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of an emerald hummingbird in flight, Costa Rican highlands

In for a Treat

Photo of the Day, September 30, 2014

“This beautiful, coppery-headed emerald hummingbird had been dancing with this amazing flower in the Costa Rican highlands,” writes Your Shot ...

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Picture of a flock of geese congregating on Faith Ranch near Modesto, California

On Faith

Photo of the Day, September 27, 2014

In California’s Central Valley, water in wildlife refuges is down by around 30 percent. Here, migratory geese on their ...

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Picture of a roaring lion in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Call of the Wild

Photo of the Day, September 26, 2014

A lioness roars a warning to her cubs in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. “She was perched on a ...

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Picture of an owl peering out from a tree in Northumberland, United Kingdom

Hollow Greeting

Photo of the Day, September 24, 2014

An owl peers from a tree hollow in Northumberland, United Kingdom. After unlucky weather derailed a trip to see puffins ...

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Picture of a pet chameleon

Green Day

Photo of the Day, September 21, 2014

Famous for changing the color of their skin, chameleons are more like mood rings, with their color changes reflecting mood ...

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Picture of a school of fish underwater near Cocos Island

Red Fish, Blue Fish

Photo of the Day, September 14, 2014

While traveling in Central America, Your Shot member Tracey Jennings dove in the waters off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island ...

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Picture of a mother bear and cub swimming in Kurile Lake at the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Big and Little Dipper

Photo of the Day, September 9, 2014

Fortunately for Your Shot member Marco Mattiussi, the bears on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula were busy eating salmon during the ...

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Picture of thousands of sandpipers on the shore during migration, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Stopover Flight

Photo of the Day, September 5, 2014

Thousands of semipalmated sandpipers come in for a landing to feed on the shores of the Bay of Fundy before ...

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Picture of blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers underwater in the southern Line Islands

Pooled Together

Photo of the Day, September 3, 2014

Blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers (foreground)—ever watchful for a potential meal—throng a shallow passage into the ...

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Picture of a deer on a frost-covered path

Cold Encounter

Photo of the Day, September 1, 2014

Hoarfrost settles on a moor along the border of Espace Rambouillet, a wildlife reserve near Paris, France, that’s home ...

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Picture of a green iguana swimming in a cave

Tip of the Iguana

Photo of the Day, August 30, 2014

Not quite as threatening as some sea monsters, a spiny-backed iguana floats by photographer Lorenzo Mittiga in the Bonaire Caves ...

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Picture of a spider on a web covered in dew, Dallas Arboretum

Spider Hole

Photo of the Day, August 23, 2014

"The Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, Texas, is my 'happy place' to spend time photographing the flowers and garden critters," writes ...

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Picture of Achilles tang fish swimming in the waters of the southern Line Islands

Achilles Tang

Photo of the Day, August 20, 2014

In other places around the world, coral has been decimated by bleaching and disease, but the southern Line Islands’ reefs ...

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Picture of a lion cub, South Africa

Those Lion Eyes

Photo of the Day, August 18, 2014

When photographer Hannes Lochner set up his camera at a water hole in South Africa's Kalahari, he tried hiding ...

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Picture of a blue heron at Great Falls, Maryland

Sun Salutation

Photo of the Day, August 17, 2014

A blue heron catches the last rays of a setting sun at Great Falls National Park in Maryland.

"I go ...

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Picture of a crocodile underwater near Banco Chinchorro, Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea

Croc Tail

Photo of the Day, August 13, 2014

"I met this crocodile face-to-face underwater," writes Your Shot member Mike Korostelev. "There was only my underwater camera between it ...

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Picture of a lizard up close

It's Tokay

Photo of the Day, August 10, 2014

A tokay gecko shows its true colors in the woods around Tangerang, Indonesia. Tokays are among the largest geckos and ...

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Picture of sea lions underwater in the Galapagos Islands

Close Encounter

Photo of the Day, August 7, 2014

While diving in the Galápagos Islands, Sandro Lonardi took a break between dives to snorkel with sea lions. "At first ...

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Picture of a polar bear standing along the coast of Rudolf Island in Russia’s Franz Josef Land

North Star

Photo of the Day, August 3, 2014

A polar bear stands sentinel on Rudolf Island in Russia’s Franz Josef Land archipelago, destination of the multidisciplinary Pristine ...

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Picture of a leopard walking across a tree branch in Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted

Photo of the Day, July 29, 2014

A leopard gingerly crosses the branch of an acacia tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. “We were almost back to ...

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Picture of a chimpanzee family in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Family Time at Gombe

Photo of the Day, July 24, 2014

The oldest chimp in Gombe and undisputed matriarch of the S family, Sparrow, a 56-year-old female (second from the right ...

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Picture of penguins in Antarctica

Freeze Frame

Photo of the Day, July 19, 2014

"On my last day in Antarctica photographing emperor penguins at their nesting grounds, I came across this little hole (a ...

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Picture of zebra by the Boteti riverbed in Botswana

Black and White

Photo of the Day, July 16, 2014

Zebras gather by the dusty Boteti riverbed in central Botswana. After driving off the main game route, photographer Jaco Marx ...

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Picture of a foal with its mother at a zoo in Mexico

A Mother’s Love

Photo of the Day, July 12, 2014

A foal snuggles up to its mother at a private zoo in Querétaro, Mexico. “I was attracted by the newest ...

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Picture of red-crowned cranes in Tsurui, Hokkaido, Japan

Crane Games

Photo of the Day, July 11, 2014

Endangered red-crowned cranes wade through frosty waters on a cold morning in Tsurui, Hokkaido, Japan. Here, they're considered one ...

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Picture of an elephant herd in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Lucky 13

Photo of the Day, July 8, 2014

A herd of elephants roams the orange-tinged landscape of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

This photo and caption were submitted ...

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Picture of a running otter

Leaps and Bounds

Photo of the Day, July 6, 2014

A young female otter runs toward photographer Mark Bridger at a wildlife center in Lingfield, Surrey, in England. “I’ve ...

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Picture of a school of mobula rays

50 Shades of Ray

Photo of the Day, July 5, 2014

A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and ...

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Picture of a Palestine sunbird perched on a flower near the Sea of Galilee, Israel

Under the Sun

Photo of the Day, July 1, 2014

A Palestine sunbird (also known as the northern orange-tufted sunbird) seeks nectar on a sunny day near the Sea of ...

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Picture of a marmot standing near a lake in Ladakh, India

Marmot Watch

Photo of the Day, June 29, 2014

“This photo was taken during a 100-kilometer [62-mile] trekking trip in Ladakh, India, at an altitude of 4,500 meters ...

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Picture of a young goliath grouper swimming in the mangroves of the Florida Keys

Growing Grouper

Photo of the Day, June 26, 2014

This ten-inch-long juvenile goliath grouper in the Florida Keys may spend five years among mangroves, relatively safe from predators, before ...

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Picture of a young girl tending goats near Shiikh, Somaliland

A Fragile Livelihood

Photo of the Day, June 25, 2014

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near ...

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Picture of a herd of elephants at Mashatu game reserve in Botswana

Mashatu Herd

Photo of the Day, June 23, 2014

"For years I have been fascinated by elephants and elephant herds," writes Your Shot member Jaco Marx. "I've traveled ...

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Picture of two dolphins playing in the surf off Point Danger, Tweed Heads, Australia

Dolphin Games

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2014

"These two dolphins were playing out in the deeper ocean for some time," writes Brodie McCabe, who captured this picture ...

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Picture of a llama in Bolivia

Beribboned in Bolivia

Photo of the Day, June 19, 2014

"At 14,000 feet in icy winds this llama was completely at home," writes Esther Buttery, who submitted this photo ...

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Picture of a horse tied to a stall while Iranian youth watch a festival in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran

Up on the Scaffold

Photo of the Day, June 15, 2014

"A horse is tied in a makeshift stall while Iranian youth gather on the scaffolding to watch the competition during ...

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