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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of a gull flying over Mercury Island near the Diamond Coast, Namibia

Home to Roost

Photo of the Day, November 23, 2014

Gulls, gannets, and penguins are neighbors on Mercury Island, near the Diamond Coast of Namibia. The country’s first marine ...

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Picture of a brown bear in Lake Crescent, Alaska

Tasty

Photo of the Day, November 13, 2014

While visiting Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park, Your Shot member Rob Daugherty planned to photograph coastal brown bears. He ...

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Picture of a fallow deer in London’s Richmond Park

Royal Velvet

Photo of the Day, November 9, 2014

Victorious in autumn clashes with rivals, a fallow deer luxuriates in the fog of London’s Richmond Park. “This is ...

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Picture of a great gray owl in the snow in Finland

Owl in the Snow

Photo of the Day, November 5, 2014

While on assignment photographing great gray owls for a Wild Wonders of Europe project, Your Shot member Sven Zacek got ...

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Picture of a Barbary macaque swinging from a maple tree in Morocco

Tree Swing

Photo of the Day, November 3, 2014

A maple tree provides a perfect swing for a playful Barbary macaque in Morocco’s Middle Atlas mountains. Illegal logging ...

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Picture of a green turtle swimming in the Canary Islands

Turtle Power

Photo of the Day, October 31, 2014

“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles,” writes photographer ...

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Picture of a wildebeest jumping in the Mara River, Tanzania

Leap of Faith

Photo of the Day, October 29, 2014

A migrating wildebeest leaps into the low waters of the Mara River in Tanzania. Wildebeests begin their annual migration at ...

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Picture of great white sharks off Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico

Lord of the Seas

Photo of the Day, October 27, 2014

“Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions,” writes Marc Henauer of this ...

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Picture of an Atlantic puffin with a mouthful of fish in Iceland

Success

Photo of the Day, October 24, 2014

An Atlantic puffin returns from a successful fishing expedition in this picture captured in Iceland. A puffin can grip 20 ...

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Picture of a herd of elephants on the Serengeti, Tanzania

Near and Far

Photo of the Day, October 22, 2014

Elephants appear to patrol the Serengeti in this picture taken in Tanzania. A recent study found that ivory-seeking poachers have ...

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Picture of a humphead wrasse and a school of fish in the Great Barrier Reef

Napoleon Invasion

Photo of the Day, October 21, 2014

A humphead wrasse, also known as a Napoleon wrasse, builds a living frame as it swims through a school of ...

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Picture of a lone giraffe on the horizon, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Rains in Africa

Photo of the Day, October 17, 2014

“The clouds initially caught my eye,” writes Your Shot member Keith Willette. “This rumbling storm was coming in and I ...

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Picture of a flamingo, Birmingham Zoo, Alabama

Bird Break

Photo of the Day, October 13, 2014

A brilliantly colored flamingo nuzzles into its feathers during a midday break at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama. “The beauty ...

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Picture of a wild ibex leaping across Tapovan Creek in the headwaters of the Ganges

Flying Leap

Photo of the Day, October 7, 2014

A wild ibex soars across Tapovan Creek, one of the many small tributaries that form the headwaters of India’s ...

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Underwater picture of a sperm whale’s tail

Whale of a Tail

Photo of the Day, October 6, 2014

A sperm whale “waves goodbye” to Your Shot member Shane Gross, who had traveled to Sri Lanka’s east coast ...

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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 hummingbird had been dancing with this amazing flower in the Costa Rican highlands,” writes Your Shot member Florian ...

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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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