Stunning animal photos from around the world
Around the world, animal species have been put at risk from diminishing habitat, climate change, poaching, overfishing, deforestation, and pollution. Elsewhere, certain species multiply unabated without any natural predators to keep populations in check. From air to sea, Stacker scoured thousands of images to find 50 stunning animal photos from around the world.
Some are in their natural habitats, others live in cities or on game preserves. Many are at risk of extinction, while a few have populations on the rise. From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife around the world capture the staggering grace of the animal kingdom. The forthcoming gallery runs sequentially from air to land to water, and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life, and insects as they work in pairs or groups, or sometimes all on their own.
Cranes winter at Hula Lake
Hula Valley in Northern Israel is a recently restored ecosystem drawing hundreds of millions of birds through the valley. The common cranes are one of the most notorious migratory birds arriving in the tens of thousands during the fall months on route to Africa. Feed is placed out to by the Agamon Hula Ornithology and Nature Park to deter the visitors from harming the local crops.
Seabirds in Scotland
Northern gannets (pictured here at Unst Island in Shetland, Scotland), are large, migratory seabirds known for their high-speed plunge dives. The seabirds can be found on either side of the Northern Atlantic. Scotland is home to Europe’s largest population of northern gannets, with Bass Rock serving as home base for the largest colony, with upwards of 150,000 of the 5- to 7-pound birds. In October, gannets head south to the West Coast of Africa and beyond, returning as early as February.
Flamingos flourish during coronavirus in Mumbai
As the human population of Mumbai went into lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the flamingo population flourished leading to a count of over 150,000 during the summer of 2020. That number is up 25% from the previous year, according to the Science Times. In this photo, flocks of flamingos gather in a pond in Navi Mumbai on May 14, 2020.
Migratory cormorants settle in Kathmandu
Nepal's wetlands have long served as winter homes to Siberian water fowl, although in recent years the number of birds has been in steady decline. Here, migratory neotropic cormorants enjoy a sunset at Taudaha Wetland Lake in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal.
White pelicans winter in Mexico
For the last several decades, thousands of white pelicans—known coloqquialy as pelicano borregones (flying sheep)—arrive from Canada on the shores of Lake Chapala in Mexico. The bird is one of the largest from Canada and the United States. Here, they are seen at the Chapala lagoon in Cojumatlan, Mexico.
Snow geese spectacular
More than 40,000 snow geese, 15,000 sandhill cranes and 15,000 ducks cast a spectacular image as they prepare to migrate away from the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande river in New Mexico. The snow geese, sometimes seen in Britain, migrate south from Canada, Greenland, and Alaska to escape the harsh winter and return to their northern breeding grounds in mid- to late February each year.
Hundreds of thousands of budgerigars, or budgies, gather around a remote central Australian watering hole. While Americans recognize the bird as a household parakeet, budgies are native to Australia and easily the most popular bird there. The nomadic species often dwells among small flocks but can also be seen as they are here in giant flocks.
Mesmerizing murmuration of starlings
Starlings are known for their murmurations: synchronized movements perform in groups of thousands of flying birds. In this photo, a murmuration of starlings perform their traditional dance before landing to sleep near the southern Israeli city of Rahat, in the Negev desert. The dance creates what appear to be tight, transforming shapes as birds move virtually in sync wit one another, giving the impression of one cohesive, moving body.
Exit the Borneo bat cave
Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2008 initiated a camera system at the bat observatory at Deer Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo, Malaysia. The "Bat Cam" captures imagery of the roughly 3 million bats living inside the cave. In this photo, thousands of those bats swarm out in a spiral formation from the Deer Cave to head to their feeding ground inside the park.
Africa’s largest mammal migration
An estimated 10 million straw-colored fruit bats migrate to Kansaka National Park in Northern Zambia between October and December each year, where they occupy an evergreen swamp forest. This bat species is the most widely distributed African megabat, with established territory throughout the southwestern Arabian Peninsula and sub-Saharan Africa's forests and savannas.2018 All rights reserved.