BBC Wildlife Magazine - - PHOTO STORY -

CHAR­LIE HAMIL­TON JAMES, UK Win­ner,Ur­banWildlif­e

On Pearl Street, Lower Man­hat­tan, brown rats scam­per be­tween their home un­der a tree grille and a pile of food-filled garbage bags. Their an­ces­tors hailed from the Asian steppes, trav­el­ling with traders to Europe and later cross­ing the At­lantic. The colonists have adapted well to city life and num­bers are ris­ing fast, with at­tempts to con­trol them largely in­ef­fec­tive. Light­ing his shot to blend with the glow of the street­lights, and op­er­at­ing his kit re­motely, Char­lie cap­tured this in­ti­mate street-level view.

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