35 Beautiful Examples Of Animals Photography

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Animal photography is probably one of the most dangerous types of photography. The outcome totally depends on the skills of photographer and the time when the shot is taken. A photographer who uses good exposure, color and blur settings along with appropriate shutter speed and focusing techniques can produce stunning photographs.

Animal photographers have to be prepared and be ready for the unknown. They need to study action and language of animals to know every move. Many animal photographers use camouflage to hide themselves and to give photographs a natural and “natural” look. When shooting in wildness, photographers usually shoot with long telephoto lenses from a distance.

Below we feature 35 beautiful examples of animal photography, photos of wild, tamed and other animals. All photographs are linked and lead to the source – the respective photographers. Do not forget to explore further works of these talented photographers. Please notice that the collection presented below is supposed to only give you some inspiration, it can and should be extended; please feel free to suggest links to further resources in the comments to this posts.

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Beauty Of Animal Photography

Cyrus Khamak6

bat7

Thijs Giesbers8

flamingo9

Douglas Roesch10

bat11

Sushyue Liao4012

bat13

Francesca Birini14

bat15

In Cherl Kim4716

bat17

Hernan Vargas18

bat19

Leon Baas20

21

E Dorj22

bat23

w e n d y24

bat25

AnyMotion26

bat27

Pepa Martín28

bat29

Khumakhod30

31

Terrie K32

bat33

Unknown34

monkey35

Land Nick36

bat37

Gordon Glen38

eagle39

Sushyue Liao4012

bat41

Andreas Saladin42

43

Nat Ge44

45

46

In Cherl Kim4716

owl48

BBMaui49

ape50

*christopher*51

eagle52

Marieke IJsendoorn-Kuijpers53

bat54

Maurizio Peddis55

bat56

Ken Bondy57

bat58

Nathan & Jenn Clark59

bat60

jaeWALK61

bat62

Robert Taylor63

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Mariam Almazroui65

66

Hans Viveen67

68

Unknown69

bat70

Tim Flach71

72

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Guiri R. Reyes74

croc75

Last Click

Kjunstorm76

bat77

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/19/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/21/25-beautiful-macro-photography-shots-photos/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/cyrus_khamak/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyrus_khamak/1658828009/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/people/sonor/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/65555869@N00/496367635/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/deroesch/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/deroesch/15085782/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/people/25308100@N04/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25308100@N04/3272112620/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/firenzesca/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenzesca/1798288253/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/floridapfe/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/floridapfe/2779885640/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/people/hvargas/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hvargas/2833983938/
  20. 20 http://1x.com/member/9711/leon-baas/
  21. 21 http://1x.com/photos/screeners-choice/18321/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/mongol/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mongol/449866352/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/people/wenflickr/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wenflickr/289726174/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/people/anymotion/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/anymotion/1805120107/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/people/10649730@N05/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/10649730@N05/2681610177/
  30. 30 http://chumahod.photosight.ru/
  31. 31 http://www.photosight.ru/photos/2627861/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/people/terriek/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/terriek/2143023332/
  34. 34 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=50478
  35. 35 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=50478
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/people/nick_land/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nick_land/2633209293/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/people/gordyglen/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/15826886@N08/2770531617/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/people/25308100@N04/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25308100@N04/3242680925/
  42. 42 http://1x.com/member/6343/andreas-saladin/
  43. 43 http://1x.com/photos/nature/14287/
  44. 44 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/life-color-blue/blue-peacock-keiser.html
  45. 45 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/life-color-blue/blue-peacock-keiser.html
  46. 46 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/life-color-yellow/yellow-caterpillars-grall.html
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/people/floridapfe/
  48. 48 http://vi.sualize.us/view/soulflow/c3c639b1544a5fdc74bdd17f1e13b1c0/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/bbmaui/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/51107197@N00/2378628526/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmichel67/84146617/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmichel67/84146617/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/people/mape_s/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mape_s/382057785/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/people/peopea/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/peopea/1435951491/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/people/kenbondy/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenbondy/2149526252/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/people/wondermade/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wondermade/2484175613/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/people/jaewalk/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaewalk/450830124/
  63. 63 http://1x.com/member/3004/robert-taylor/
  64. 64 http://1x.com/photos/nature/7143/
  65. 65 http://vi-ol-et.deviantart.com/
  66. 66 http://vi-ol-et.deviantart.com/art/who-is-hiding-87229347
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/havik/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/havik/335562451/
  69. 69 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=42558
  70. 70 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=42558
  71. 71 http://www.timflach.com/
  72. 72 http://www.timflach.com/
  73. 73 http://www.timflach.com/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/people/grrphoto/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/grrphoto/259816210/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/people/kjunstorm/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjunstorm/2222367956/
  78. 78 http://my.mmoabc.com/article/Michael/2891/Animals-in-Love.html
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/groups/_wildlife__photography_/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/groups/_n_w_outdoors/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/groups/worldwildlife/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/groups/iwc/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/groups/cawildlife/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wildlife/
  85. 85 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photogalleries/animals
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/groups/photographersgonewild/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/groups/naturesfinest/pool/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/groups/naturephotographs/pool/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/groups/spectacular_animals/pool/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/groups/animal_kingdom/pool/

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Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.

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  1. 1

    Very nice and inspiring images. I was recently at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in London and I was able to see some absolutely stunning examples of wildlife photography. The only problem I often have with these kind of selections is that people usually go for the cute and cuddly side of things. My favourite wildlife images are the raw, wild ones that show an animal in it’s often unforgiving and brutal environment.

    My dad is a photographer and over the last couple of years has been getting heavily into the wildlife side of things. You can see some of his work (which includes landscape and portraits too) over at his website

    Overall though a very inspiring gallery. I particularly like the Eagle and the Bat.

    2
  2. 2

    I could NEVER take photos like this even with the right gear, so people who can, I admire you, but the picture of the dog as an example of ‘Beautiful’ photography. Not so sure on that one.

    Gotta love Reyes pic of the monkey. Great moment captured in b&w. No colour needed there to convey the beauty in that shot.

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  3. 3

    Mark Aaron Murnahan

    February 15, 2009 9:01 pm

    This is amazing. Some of them are so perfect that they do not even look real. Truly stunning photography!

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  4. 4

    Beautiful, I recently bought a DSLR camera, and these have given me some great ideas.

    1
  5. 5

    Amazing. Would be great if the type of camera etc. could be displayed.
    Great collection again.

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  6. 6

    Great pics! Shooting animals never easy. And only photography! Never hunting…

    2
  7. 7

    Beautiful

    1
  8. 8

    WAAAAT! No guinea pigs? :o

    Those cute little buggers are so terribly underrepresented. ;_;

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  9. 9

    WHERE ARE THE SQUIRELLS??

    1
  10. 10

    Full of life.

    1
  11. 11

    Beautiful…

    1
  12. 12

    awesome collection…..

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  13. 13

    Yes more squirrels!

    1
  14. 14

    I especially liked the picture of the crane with sunset background. Beautiful!

    2
  15. 15

    Wawoo really great collection :)

    1
  16. 16

    breathtaking work. each and every one.

    1
  17. 17

    Great collection! Awesome captures.
    Nature has sooooooo many beautiful colors!!

    1
  18. 18

    i love animals – long live animals. nature truly is the base inspiration for the greatest in design. every image in this set is a GEM! Thank you.

    1
  19. 19

    Amazing!

    My favorit german photographer:
    http://www.april-design.de/
    I love her shots.

    3
  20. 20

    Truly Awesome captures/pics

    2
  21. 21

    The one marked as “unknown” is part of Tim Flach’s portfolio the photos below link to his website which include the picture,

    Great collection all round

    1
  22. 22

    This site is absolutely amazing.
    You are the best!!! I have been visiting this site regularly for about a year almost every day and I just can’t thank you enough for your help.

    Thank you very much!!!

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  23. 23

    Some really great photos there, especially of the lion, just love lions – I have always liked this one Link as well.

    My only query would be how much after processing was done for each photo. Having seen so many photos RAW to used it is quite amazing to see the difference from original to end product, seems there is no truth to any photos these days – but I guess that is why they call photography art :)

    1
  24. 24

    Wooo! Amazing.

    I can’t believe how beautiful the Owls are!

    2
  25. 25

    Wordpress designer

    February 16, 2009 2:55 am

    Great Collection, I really liked the Toucans eye photo.

    1
  26. 26

    Amazing!

    1
  27. 27

    Animal photography is probably one of the most dangerous types of photography

    Really? Don’t you mean can be one of the most dangerous types of photography?

    Sorry for being a pedant – nice photos :)

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  28. 28

    wow.. thatz amazing… i love the lions pic
    good stuff, four thumbs for ya

    1
  29. 29

    This is a spectacular collection. I especially liked the bat and the eyes of an aligator. I admire people who not only venture into wild but also take wonderful pictures there. thanks :)

    1
  30. 30

    hmmm… I don’t think wildlife photography is dangerous ;-)

    I practise aerian photography with ultra light plane and this one is really dangerous ! Not photographying bears or roe deers…

    1
  31. 31

    These are very nice photos, but I would like to know which of them, if not all of them, are HDR. High Dynamic Range photos to a true nature photographer is cheating. A picture should tell a story, not lie. What the photographer saw is not what is represented.

    There is a difference between cleaning up a shot and using HDR to completely change the shot.
    All my photographs are true shots. Exposure, and noise reduction may be used, but no extreme photoshop tricks.

    1
  32. 32

    very nice, love the ladybird!

    2
  33. 33

    Are they real? no photoshop?

    1
  34. 34

    the racooon seems to simple – but i really like the elephants, you can tell they are using a lighting system.. my favorite has to be the crane in the sun- Camera settings have to be perfect and timing aswell- great shot!

    1
  35. 35

    Very good, I love the greyscale monkey on the black background…very creative.

    1
  36. 36

    #30 Dan said it right. None of those pictures are natural. They’ve all had Photoshop trickery done to them because the colors are not natural. I myself work in photography and photoshop, and can pick it out no matter how well it is hidden. A kid with a camera in his phone can take a picture like this, and use photoshop to add the colors and lighting in for the effect these have. Please stop encouraging these people for not really having any skill. It takes away from the people who do.

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  37. 37

    OMG. PON1ES !!

    1
  38. 38

    Thanks for including my photo in this list!

    To answer a few of the comments, I corrected the exposure and nothing more. I used a 50mm/1.8, was sitting about 2 feet from the bird and spent 20 minutes baiting him closer and closer.

    1
  39. 39

    beautiful photos. amazing.

    1
  40. 40

    I like especially the birds pictures. Very colorful.

    1
  41. 41

    thanks for great compilation

    1
  42. 42

    Went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natual History Museum in London last week, below is one picture that i thought absolutely stunning.

    See Image

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  43. 43

    aaww. the pictures are so beautiful. thanks for sharing. :)

    1
  44. 44

    nice post

    1
  45. 45

    Thanks for Putting my Eagle shot in,Only photoshop used was to crop and slightly darken the bushes behind the bird,#36 Meilican i would love to see these shots your talking about kids/mobile phones i really dont think so!!!

    1
  46. 46

    Thank you for including my Merlin the Lion King picture. This was taken using available natural light in the afternoon behind a glass window at the Philadelphia zoo. It was cropped and sharpened; it’s not an HDR and no Photoshop ‘tricks’ were used. This lion truly is as proud as he looks here.

    1
  47. 48

    Awesome photographs.

    1
  48. 49

    super picture

    1
  49. 50

    I love animals. And I really like the pictures shown here. I spent a lot of my time taking pictures of my pug.

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  50. 51

    Amazing photographs. I want to know if they are edited after shot or not.

    1
  51. 52

    Great collection! The pictures are so amazing!

    1
  52. 53

    A lot of these pictures are very nice.
    They do have sharp contrast and vivid colors.
    These days contrast is king.
    I prefer black and white and less contrast but this is only a matter of taste.

    Most photographers are showing great skills notwithtanding my personal taste.

    1
  53. 54

    oh shit wonderful photos

    1
  54. 55

    In my blog recently today i publish a post with wild animals photos in black and white from the portafolio of nick brandt.

    is a amazing gallery i hope you like so than this amazing collection of SM is great.
    animales salvajes

    best regards…

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  55. 56

    Gordy, Terrie, and Nathan… no doubt you three didn’t cheat on photoshop. Not sure about the chameleon, the first pink pelican, the orangutan, the ladybug, and the sunset bird though. To me, those backgrounds are just too good to be true.
    PS. I’m in love with all of the eye close-ups. Especially the crocodile.

    1
  56. 57

    If you think that this is beautiful, wait to see it useing God’ Eyes.

    1
  57. 58

    Beautiful x2

    1
  58. 59

    Anyone that says that Animal Photography is dangerous probably hasn’t spent much time shooting punk gigs.

    The main things that could add to the danger are the type of the animal, and the political situation in the country where those animal photos need to be taken.

    Maybe you guys should do a feature on live music photography, would be happy to chat to you about experiences/technicalities of doing the job.

    http://www.okletsgo.com.au

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  59. 60

    Thank you Alice,Any one else can see my other Eagle shots just by clicking on my name above the shot,My photostream has the shot before and after the Scream!!! LOL Thanks to all that have viewed my shot’s

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  60. 61

    “High Dynamic Range photos to a true nature photographer is cheating.”
    *****************
    All you folks who claim using HDR techniques is “cheating”…it’s painfully obvious you have never worked in a real darkroom. Never pushed your film, never dodged and burned, strictly “straight” photography, eh? Took your film to the drugstore or sent it off to York, eh? Never, EVER did ANY manipulation to ANY of your images, eh? Not even a ND filter, eh? I won’t even bring up the stupid “camera phone” crack. That was just plain ignorant.

    1
  61. 62

    Awww, so cute! Beautiful…

    1
  62. 63

    Some superb images here thats for sure..
    My image of the “Toucans Eye” was almost as shot…..just a levels tweak thats all.
    I’m pleased its on display but would have liked to have been asked for permission first.
    Other images of mine can be seen at http://roberttaylor.smugmug.com/

    1
  63. 64

    I would add this photo taken by Åsmund Seeberg as well:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vasano/3066573844/

    Amazing Lizard photo!

    1
  64. 65

    oh my.. beautiful photos, more cats please the bigger the better :D

    1
  65. 66

    what a beautiful !

    1
  66. 67

    great pics…

    1
  67. 68

    Great pictures,
    Thanks

    1
  68. 69

    damn the croc photo was intensely good.

    1
  69. 70

    Wow!! so amazing n stunning photographs..! you guys always smash.!

    thanks for this post ! :)

    1
  70. 71

    What the fuck is “Animals Photography?”

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  71. 72

    Willy Yanto Wijaya

    February 24, 2009 9:24 pm

    Amazing!! Just wondering whether the photos had been digitally re-processed…

    Willy Yanto Wijaya

    1
  72. 73

    Please have a look at the stunning photos from Nick Brandt at his web page (http://www.nickbrandt.com/). You will be impressed!

    1
  73. 75

    Makes me want to go out and take some pictures.

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  74. 76

    Digital photography

    February 26, 2009 5:53 am

    A great collection of images. Thank you for the show case.

    -1
  75. 77

    These are great shots, and I am really impressed that you took the time to flag the name (or flickr name) of the photographer, with links. Most bloggers don’t take that small courtesy. So, I’ll be back to view more later!

    1
  76. 78

    wonderful …

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  77. 79

    charlotte poblador

    March 4, 2009 5:40 pm

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1
  78. 80

    I love it. Now that I have grandkids, I find that taking time with them to pour over the amazing pictures of God’s creation online… is time well spent! (I hadn’t taken time for that for awhile, so this is good).
    I’m amazed at what a big impression it makes on my 4-year-old grandson, too. He says, “Grandma, let’s find more cool pictures of animals online!”

    1
  79. 81

    shushank.goyal@gmail.com

    March 6, 2009 8:39 pm

    its very beautiful images of the net

    1
  80. 82

    It would be so nice if man could be as peaceful as these animals . To them color does not matter. We would all live such better lives.
    Great Photos. No matter fixed or not still nice to look at. Thanks

    1
  81. 83

    Photographs look good. But lots of photoshop in place – which makes them more works of digital art rather than photographs.

    1
  82. 84

    Thanks for posting my picture of a Douc Langur, however it says I am unknown and their is someone else stamp on the bottom of it..when you click on it it does say, “god Bless” by Cheri…..I am not on that website and a little confused as why it has that stamp on it…

    1
  83. 85

    I adore the ladybug pictre. It’s so cute.

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  84. 86

    hamid.gh from iran

    May 17, 2009 1:19 am

    its really very beautiful images. Thanks
    Good luck

    1
  85. 87

    wonderful!
    I was really surprise!

    1
  86. 88

    its so beautiful and i am happy to see those pictures.
    thanks

    1
  87. 89

    it is amazing , i am spellbound.

    1
  88. 90

    i am a true animal lover,it’s amazing so i am spellbound.

    1
  89. 91

    What the heck!!!!!NO KOALAS!!! how dare you!!! Im done with you people. have a horrible day!`

    1
  90. 92

    wow great pictures, its so beautiful and i am happy to see those pictures.
    thanks for ur best animal pics

    subbu

    1
  91. 93

    realy this is amezing

    1
  92. 94

    They are really awesome , i like

    1
  93. 95

    realy this is amezing

    1
  94. 96

    Absolutely breathtaking! All of these photos are amazing! Bravo

    1
  95. 97

    these are so beautiful wow this is so impressive

    1
  96. 98

    great collection

    1
  97. 99

    the photographer is awesome mean he click such a wonderful pcs i just love him man :) :)

    1
  98. 100

    I Love animals & tank you. Photos are very nice.

    1
  99. 101

    Awesome. I dont have words to explain the beauties of the gallery

    1
  100. 102

    these pictures are highly interesting

    1
  101. 103

    i also like to be a photographer

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  102. 104

    these pictures are awesome and i also like to be a photographer

    3
  103. 106

    we love thise images they are so beautiful that they are out of world
    but i love it because they are created by ALLAH

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  104. 107

    I love this THINGS

    2
  105. 108

    These photographs are amazing.

    2
  106. 110

    Absolutely Amazing, Stunning photos, real works of art,
    and unbelievably beautiful!!!!

    3
  107. 111

    Chocolate Thunder

    January 12, 2011 6:33 pm

    flaming cool photos, they blew my mind!!

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  108. 112

    Flaming cool photos, they blew my mind!~

    3
  109. 113

    its a lovly collection

    1
  110. 114

    I loved these pictures. The colors are amazing!

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  111. 115

    except those caterpillars.

    0
  112. 116

    Awesome! Never saw something like that!

    2
  113. 117

    The photo of the bat is that the author is unknown TIM FLACH! Has on his site!

    2
  114. 118

    sead for my id

    1
  115. 119

    seand for my id

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  116. 120

    most of them are cute but a few is not u guys should put me in there u know what i am saying

    OMG ILIKE

    1
  117. 121

    This pictures are so thrilling that i ever saw……….

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  118. 122

    Sabbir(Bangladesh)

    September 18, 2011 1:07 am

    Very nice. I have thought about creation of creator after observing your gallery beautiful animals eyes because in the common structure they are different .

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  119. 123

    Absolutely amazing photography! Every single photo is beyond beautiful.

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  120. 124

    relay nice animal

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  121. 125

    Beauty of the nature is much more than our imagination.

    1
  122. 126

    Really amazing photos. Thanks for the share.

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  123. 127

    WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS ….

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  124. 128

    These are amazing! Where do you find them? They are so colorful!!!Those are my pros but my one and only con for these pictures is that I think that you guys should include the names of these animals!

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