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Three kingfishers on London’s Hampstead Heath, UK. Kingfishers usually nest in sandy riverbanks – an ecology which doesn’t naturally exist on Hampstead Heath. Around 20 years ago an artificial bank was created out of a sand and cement mix to encourage breeding and has proved a successful habitat for the birds in the city. (Photo by Susanna Lascelles)

Three kingfishers on London’s Hampstead Heath, UK. Kingfishers usually nest in sandy riverbanks – an ecology which doesn’t naturally exist on Hampstead Heath. Around 20 years ago an artificial bank was created out of a sand and cement mix to encourage breeding and has proved a successful habitat for the birds in the city. (Photo by Susanna Lascelles)



A tern chick races towards its mother to get the fish before its sibling, who was left with nothing on this occasion. Nickerson Beach, New York, US. (Photo by Krzysztof Rabiej/Solent News)

A tern chick races towards its mother to get the fish before its sibling, who was left with nothing on this occasion. Nickerson Beach, New York, US. (Photo by Krzysztof Rabiej/Solent News)



A long-tailed tit builds materials into its newly constructed nest in Hertfordshire, UK. (Photo by Andi Edwards/Alamy Stock Photo)

A long-tailed tit builds materials into its newly constructed nest in Hertfordshire, UK. (Photo by Andi Edwards/Alamy Stock Photo)



A northern cardinal and Gila woodpecker, Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, US. (Photo by Rick & Nora Bowers/Alamy Stock Photo)

A northern cardinal and Gila woodpecker, Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, US. (Photo by Rick & Nora Bowers/Alamy Stock Photo)



An adult cormorant with beautiful green eyes in Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona, US. (Photo by Florence McGinn/Alamy Stock Photo)

An adult cormorant with beautiful green eyes in Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona, US. (Photo by Florence McGinn/Alamy Stock Photo)



A male bullfinch challenges a male chaffinch at a garden pool in mid Wales, UK. (Photo by Philip Jones/Alamy Stock Photo)

A male bullfinch challenges a male chaffinch at a garden pool in mid Wales, UK. (Photo by Philip Jones/Alamy Stock Photo)



Female snowy owl in flight in rural Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Guoqiang Xue/Alamy Stock Photo)

Female snowy owl in flight in rural Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Guoqiang Xue/Alamy Stock Photo)



A red kite swoops to the ground in Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, Wales, UK. (Photo by Ian Jones/Alamy Stock Photo)

A red kite swoops to the ground in Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, Wales, UK. (Photo by Ian Jones/Alamy Stock Photo)



A black skimmer flying with a fish it caught over the ocean in Galveston, Texas, US. (Photo by Ivan Kuzmin/Alamy Stock Photo)

A black skimmer flying with a fish it caught over the ocean in Galveston, Texas, US. (Photo by Ivan Kuzmin/Alamy Stock Photo)



Stork-billed kingfisher during rain in Bintan, Indonesia. The tree species is sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and south-east Asia, from India to Indonesia. (Photo by Sijori Images/Barcroft Images)

A stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) is seen perched on a tree during monsoon rain on July 25, 2016 in Bintan, Indonesia. The stork-billed kingfisher is a tree species which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is resident throughout its range. It is very large, measuring 35 to 38 cm (14 to 15 in) in length. The adult has a green back, blue wings and tail, and grey head. (Photo by Sijori Images/Barcroft Images)



An eastern screech owl looks out from a palm tree cavity in Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida, US. (Photo by Bill Gozansky/Alamy Stock Photo)

An eastern screech owl looks out from a palm tree cavity in Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida, US. (Photo by Bill Gozansky/Alamy Stock Photo)



A kingfisher perches upon a “No Fishing” sign on December 15, 2014 in Alicante, Spain.  A rebellious kingfisher ignores a “No Fishing” sign as she plunges into a pond in Alicante, southern Spain. On this occasion the brightly-coloured bird failed to catch any fish, emerging instead with a wriggling dragonfly larvae. The female's beautiful plumage was captured on camera by Spain-based macro photographer Nicolas Reusens. (Photo by Nicolas Reusens/Barcroft USA)

A kingfisher perches upon a “No Fishing” sign on December 15, 2014 in Alicante, Spain. A rebellious kingfisher ignores a “No Fishing” sign as she plunges into a pond in Alicante, southern Spain. On this occasion the brightly-coloured bird failed to catch any fish, emerging instead with a wriggling dragonfly larvae. The female's beautiful plumage was captured on camera by Spain-based macro photographer Nicolas Reusens. (Photo by Nicolas Reusens/Barcroft USA)



This photo taken October 8, 2004, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, shows a Hawaiian honeycreeper. A new study predicts climate change will accelerate the rate of extinctions of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Warmer temperatures due to climate change increases the spread of diseases such as avian malaria in forest habitats that were once cool enough to keep mosquito-borne diseases under control, according to the research. (Photo by Jim Denny/AP Photo)

This photo taken October 8, 2004, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, shows a Hawaiian honeycreeper. A new study predicts climate change will accelerate the rate of extinctions of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Warmer temperatures due to climate change increases the spread of diseases such as avian malaria in forest habitats that were once cool enough to keep mosquito-borne diseases under control, according to the research. (Photo by Jim Denny/AP Photo)



In this photo taken on Monday, April 3, 2017, a peacock rests in Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia. Tbilisi Zoo is trying to cope after the devastating flooding which killed almost half of its inhabitants in July of 2015. (Photo by Shakh Aivazov/AP Photo)

In this photo taken on Monday, April 3, 2017, a peacock rests in Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia. Tbilisi Zoo is trying to cope after the devastating flooding which killed almost half of its inhabitants in July of 2015. (Photo by Shakh Aivazov/AP Photo)



A fearless penguin chick plucked up the courage to bully boy sea birds who ganged up on it while its parents were away. The feathered stand-off was captured last year at Petermann Island, Antarctica by Shayne McGuire from San Dimas, California. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)

A fearless penguin chick plucked up the courage to bully boy sea birds who ganged up on it while its parents were away. The feathered stand-off was captured last year at Petermann Island, Antarctica by Shayne McGuire from San Dimas, California. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)



After the sea birds repeatedly took turns to the defenceless 12-week-old chick around, they got a shock when the tables suddenly turned. Shayne said: “The chick’s parents had both gone out to sea to feed and bring back food for the chick. This little one was coming down a hill toward the rocky shoreline when the attack happened”. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)

After the sea birds repeatedly took turns to the defenceless 12-week-old chick around, they got a shock when the tables suddenly turned. Shayne said: “The chick’s parents had both gone out to sea to feed and bring back food for the chick. This little one was coming down a hill toward the rocky shoreline when the attack happened”. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)



Go away! The penguin chick recovered and stood his ground. The penguin delivers a few choice words to the attacker. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)

Go away! The penguin chick recovered and stood his ground. The penguin delivers a few choice words to the attacker. (Photo by Shayne McGuire/Caters News)
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