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Nature's Best Photography 2013

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Learn more about the species in the exhibition of winners from the 2013 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Visit the online gallery at Nature's Best Photography.

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    Sialia sialis

    Eastern Bluebird

    In many areas during the breeding season, this species is most easily located by looking for pole-mounted nest boxes in open areas: wherever these nest boxes are found, there are likely Eastern Bluebirds around. This species is primarily active during the day.

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    Paradisaea minor

    Lesser Bird of Paradise

    Bird-of-paradise males perform courtship displays in groups and will mate with many females. The females usually lay two pinkish eggs with dark markings in nests in trees. They mainly eat fruits and insects.

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    Python sebae

    African Rock Python

    African rock pythons are non-venomous and kill their prey by constriction. After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it, tightening its coils every time the prey moves. African rock pythons feed on a variety of large rodents, monkeys, antelopes, fruit bats, monitor lizards and even crocodiles.

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    Ocreatus underwoodii

    Booted Racket-tail

    The Booted Racket-tail is a hummingbird found in the Andes from Colombia to Bolivia. Males of the species sport a long tail tipped with iridescent, blunt "rackets." Females lack the elaborate tail, but have a white chest.

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    Pyxicephalus adspersus

    African Bullfrog

    During the mating season, male African bullfrogs gather in large groups. There they will fight push and bite their way toward the center. The largest males make it to the center and begin calling. The females answer the call by swimming underwater to avoid the smaller males and surface in the center area of a larger male.

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    Clione limacina

    Sea Butterfly

    Sea Angels belong to a group of marine pteropods that lack shells. They live in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Pacific, and North Atlantic and are found from the ocean’s surface to 1642 feet (500 m) deep. They are about 3 inches (75-80 mm) long.

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    Manis crassicaudata

    Indian Pangolin

    The Indian pangolin adapts well to habitats that have been altered by human activities, provided the pangolins are not hunted and the termites and ants that are their primary food source remain abundant. Pangolins are generally solitary and nocturnal. They live in burrows often under large rocks, with the entrance to the burrow frequently hidden with dirt.

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    Macaca nigra

    Celebes Black "Ape"

    Crested macaques are threatened by over-hunting and habitat destruction. Their meat is considered a delicacy in Sulawesi. Human expansion for settlement and agriculture has diminished their habitat. Sulawesi is particularly sensitive to these worldwide problems. As an island, space is severely limited for the needs of wildlife and an expanding human population.

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    Hammerhead Shark

    The hammerhead sharks are named for the unusual shape of their heads. They are found worldwide in warmer waters along coastlines and continental shelves. Unlike most sharks, hammerheads usually swim in schools.

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    Nudibranchs are quite diverse in their bright colorful markings and intricate forms. They are most diverse in tropical waters, but can be found almost anywhere from tidal pools to coral reefs. They are carnivores and use aband of curved teeth to scrape or tear food particles from other species, such as sea anemones, corals, sponges, and fish eggs.

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