December highlights from Nature Picture Library

RF - Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) foraging in snow covered valley. Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park, USA. February 2019. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Nature Picture Library have added a bumper crop of new images to their site over the last month, with more than 3500 fresh pictures.

From these, they have selected some of the more unusual images and personal favourites for the December 2019 highlights gallery.

You’ll find amusing burrowing owls, courting brown bears, a great range of big cats and of course dramatic landscapes, marine life and animals in action from around the world.

Picture credit ©Nick Garbutt /