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Majestic kingfisher enjoys taking a dip

Kingfisher swiftly & stealthfully swoops in on prey ~ master fisher!!! !!!absolutely superior photography!!!

Pictures of the day: 22 February 2011

Two goldfinches have a mid-air fight after struggling to get enough space on a bird feeder in a British back garden. Photographer Laurie Campbell snapped away from a hide in his garden for 30 hours to get a picture he was happy with. Laurie, from Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, said: "It can take weeks for the goldfinches to find this bait but once they do, they are hooked."

From fluffy chicks to birds of prey: The pictures which capture the transformation of growing barn owls

These 3 barn owl chicks are only days from fledging and have appeared at the entrance to their nest one evening patiently awaiting the return of a parent with a rodent dinner.

Brown long-eared bat. Equipped with ears almost the same length as its body, this widely distributed tree dweller, found in woodlands such as Northamptonshire’s Fineshade Woods, doesn’t have to pursue prey in flight; it picks off invertebrates from leaves and bark. Credit: Getty.#bat #long-earedbat #edgechronicles

Weather pictures of the year 2011: lightning, auroras, snow and ice

Best weather pictures of the year: lightning, auroras, snow and ice. Volcanic lightning bolts form in the ash plume during the eruption of the volcano in southern Chile