Pygmy seahorses come in
, and biologists wondered whether they seek out coral that matches perfectly, or changed color somehow to match the coral they find. Read the rest
The Audubon Society received 9,000 entires for their annual photography contest and chose nine winners, including Mary Angela Luzader's Fine Art Honorable Mention for her shot of fighting Purple Gallinules, above.
She took her shot at Venetian Gardens, a public park in Leesburg, Florida:
Venetian Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph Purple Gallinules in a natural, parklike habitat. Someone called my attention to this pair chasing and fighting each other. I have never witnessed this behavior, and I was so excited I almost forgot to snap a few shots! When the fight was over, the victor got the girl, and the loser was chased away, with a few less feathers . . . and perhaps a headache!
The Top 100 is well worth the time if you admire birds and or beautiful photography.
• Announcing the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards (audubon.org)
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Zeus is pissed. Read the rest
Captured at Katmai National Park in Alaska. Read the rest
He did not like strawberry rhubarb. No. Not one bit.
are colorful sea slugs with what appear to be a puffy tail and rabbit ears (actually rhinophores
). They have many variations in color and markings. Read the rest
parasitic corpse plants
) don't need chlorophyll for energy, so they are white or pale pink. Krik & stony of Black Owl Outdoors
found some in the wild. Read the rest
Quolls are marsupials native to Tasmania and Australia, though very few live in the wild in Australia due to decimation by foxes and feral cats. Perhaps the cutest pics are from Craig Borrow of the Herald Sun: Read the rest
spotted a struggling fellow mammal
Leia is a beautiful dog whose sharp eyes
on the beach. Leia's owner recorded his rescue of the little guy. Read the rest
found a beautiful cecropia moth being attacked by a robin, then used online instructions to repair the moth's damaged wing
before releasing it. Read the rest
Straddling the odd line between science and nature, this amazing new procedural generator pays striking tribute to the dusty, incandescent bodies of moths.
“Captured this whilst hiking the cliffs in Látrabjarg [Iceland]. This came across as an anomaly where it seems that the fog was flowing down like a waterfall.” Reginald Schmidt via r/videos.
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Beautiful video of air currents rippling through grassy knolls in Norway. Read the rest
The undisputed king of cute pollen-faced bat photography is Merlin D. Tuttle of Bat Conservation International. If you like tequila, thank a bat! Read the rest
“What would a nature documentary be like if the animals were armed with our favorite weapons?”
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Violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers employ an impressive ballistic seed dispersal mechanism. (Smithsonian)
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“There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.” Read the rest