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the blue sky, their shad­ows danc­ing at my feet.

Some will re­turn home, oth­ers will stay, spi­ralling to the ground now their time is up. And so the cy­cle of life con­tin­ues, an epic mi­gra­tion and a jour­ney with no be­gin­ning or end.


Fa­mous for their high-al­ti­tude flight pat­terns, these en­dan­gered birds spend sum­mers breed­ing on the Ti­betan Plateau. Be­tween Oc­to­ber and mid-Fe­bru­ary, they flock to Bhutan’s Phob­jikha Valley, where lo­cal peo­ple cel­e­brate a fes­ti­val in their hon­our. The event co­in­cides with the king’s birth­day ev­ery year on Novem­ber 11.


The sky turns black at the height of Zam­bia’s great bat mi­gra­tion, when large colonies of fruit bats ar­rive at Kasanka Na­tional Park. They come at the end of Oc­to­ber in search of seed-rich fruits grow­ing in the swamp­lands, with up to eight mil­lion oc­cu­py­ing a hectare of land un­til early Jan­uary.

Main im­age: The monarch but­ter­fly mi­gra­tion in Mex­ico Left: Monarch but­ter­fly

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