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Ecologists Capture The Startling And Secret Lives Of Wildlife On Camera

<p>Sayantan Das BMC Ecology Image Competition</p>

Scientists who study animals frequently have unique opportunities to view animals in the wild. And, as part of a photo competition hosted by scientific publisher BioMed, ecological experts from undergrads to renowned professors are sharing these moments on film - "sometimes startling, sometimes beautiful and sometimes both," as one of the judges put it.

Young king penguins, numbering thousands of chicks, cluster together in a colony. (Photo: Laetitia Kernaleguen)

An infant slender loris, having been "parked" on this branch by mom as she hunts for bugs, is all eyes for the camera. (Photo: Sayantan Das)

Eastern swallowtail butterflies snack on mineral deposits on a riverbank. (Photo: J. P. Lawrence)

A nocturnal Namaqua rock mouse gets a dusting of Pagoda Lily pollen while licking up nectar - the first time this pollination behavior has been observed. (Photo: Petra Wester)

As night begins to fall, geladas acrobatically descend toward their sleeping roosts. (Photo: Ryan J. Burke)

A parasitic fly zooms toward a Camponotus morosus ant. (Photo: Bernardo Segura)

A black-browed albatross and fledgling on one of the Falkland Islands. (Photo: Letizia Campioni)

Photographer Souvik Mandal waited about an hour to snap a photo of these shy spotted owlets. (Photo: Souvik Mandal)

A male wasp mates with a female wasp - for just a few seconds - while she hunts a cricket. (Photo: Bernardo Segura)

A soldier crab army is on the march through mangrove roots. (Photo: Matthew Nitschke)

A herd of wildebeest graze on savannah grass in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. (Photo: Graeme Shannon)

As a moth searches for nectar, a euglossine bee falls prey to a crab spider. (Photo: Andrew J. Crawford)

A mother chimpanzee and her infant feed on figs, 80 feet above the ground. (Photo: Alain Houle)