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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

1 AT THE EDGE

I had been try­ing to cap­ture this dis­tinc­tive row of houses over­look­ing Bris­tol Ma­rina in a unique way for a while. I lay flat on the ground close to the wa­ter to pho­to­graph this group of eight mute swans as they swam to­wards me. I thought that their vi­brant beaks com­ple­mented the colour­ful homes very well. Doug Jewell, Bris­tol, UK

2 WISH­FUL THINK­ING

While stand­ing on the deck of a whale-watch­ing boat near Forster, New South Wales, I hoped to see a hump­back fully breach. We didn’t have long be­fore the ves­sel had to head back to port. Thirty sec­onds later my wish was granted and I saw two cetaceans crest­ing. This photo cap­tures the mo­ment the first whale splashed down as the sec­ond leapt out of the sea. Derek Har­bot­tle, Kent, UK

3 HUN­KER DOWN

I spent time watch­ing green bee-eaters out of a win­dow in Cal­cutta, In­dia. Through­out the day they got used to me and even­tu­ally ig­nored my pres­ence, which gave me the chance to take plenty of pho­tos. In the af­ter­noon it rained heav­ily and I en­joyed tak­ing this shot of them re­sist­ing the weather. Su­tapa Kar­makar, Cal­cutta, In­dia

4 ALPINE OUT­LOOK

I vis­ited Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, Colorado, USA, for a week. One morn­ing my dad and I were driv­ing along a de­serted, windy road that was over 3,000m above sea level when I glimpsed some­thing furry. I turned to see a yel­low-bel­lied mar­mot re­lax­ing on a rock with the beau­ti­ful wilder­ness be­hind it. Sam Lisak, Illi­nois, USA

5

HOME­LESS

I have a soft spot for wildlife that is be­ing dis­placed by de­vel­op­ment. The 16ha wood be­hind my home in Tyler, Texas, is cur­rently be­ing con­verted into con­dos, so species are look­ing for new ter­ri­tory. I saw this rac­coon hang­ing out in a tree in my back yard, grabbed a cam­era and took its pic­ture.

Shirley Effin­ger, Texas, USA

6 STAND­ING PROUD

As I was trav­el­ling through trails in Na­gar­hole Na­tional Park, Kar­nataka, In­dia, on hol­i­day I saw a wild In­dian peafowl. The coun­try’s stun­ning na­tional bird was perched about 15m away from me on a tree sur­rounded by the rich flora of this for­est re­gion. Tak­ing this im­age made my trip. Sree­sha Be­lak­vaadi, Ban­ga­lore, In­dia

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