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September 25, 2014

The Natural World: September

The Natural World is a monthly post that showcases photography depicting animals (sometimes in man-made habitats) and environments across the planet. --Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

A Bryde's whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, Sept 9. An estimated population of 30 to 35 Bryde's whales are commonly seen along the upper Gulf of Thailand coastlines, between March and October. The Bryde's whale is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which prohibits international trade of any parts of the animal. (Rungroj Yongrit/EPA)

A crane fly sits on a window in Sehnde near Hanover, Germany, Sept. 11. (Julian Stratenschulte/EPA) #

A one month old Turquoise colored Green Veiled Chameleon perches on a finger in the Cardin's Chameleons booth at Repticon 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via Associated Press) #

A seven-day old dolphin (L) swims with his mother Mancha (R) at the Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid on September 5. The dolphin cub was born at the zoo on August 29. (Dani Pozodani/AFP/Getty Images) #

Four-year-old African lion mother Tajiri plays with one of her cubs during their debut at the Philadelphia Zoo Sept. 5. The four cubs were born to in late June at the zoo. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) #

A praying mantis stands on a fence at Scranton Memorial Stadium in Scranton, Pa. on Aug. 29. (Michael J. Mullen/Scranton Times-Tribune via Associated Press) #

Two ruddy shelducks and a moorhen are reflected in a pond in the Killesberg park in Stuttgart, southern Germany, Aug. 13. (Inga Kjer/dpa via Associated Press) #

A housefly sits on a flower bud in a garden in Lahore, Pakistan, Sept. 18. (Omer Saleem/EPA) #

A caiman crawls in its enclosure at the Planet of Crocodiles in Civaux near Poitiers, western France, on August 28. (Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images) #

A wind-gnarled tree, lit by a flashlight, is photographed along the Scenic Point Trail in Glacier National Park, Mont., Sept 20. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake via Associated Press) #

Three-week-old female White Rhinoceros runs with her mother Tanda, 21, at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv, on Sept. 3. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #

An avocet bird walks in a salt marsh in Guerande, western France. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images) #

A juvenile Sri Lankan temple monkey gestures at the Rangiri Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya Buddhist pilgrimage site in Dambulla on Aug. 29. (Ishara S.KodikaraKODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) wraps its prey in silk on Sept. 16, in Lille, France. (Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images) #

Animal prints are visible in dry cracked earth on the banks of Shasta Lake on Aug. 30 in Lakehead, California. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State's lakes and reservoirs is reaching historic lows. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Aug. 23. It was her first birthday and the zoo is marking the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) #

A Grevy's zebra foal stands next to other zebras in an enclosure at Berlin Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 19. The foal was born on Sept. 11. (Maja Hitij/EPA) #

A gnat is ensnared by water droplets left by fog on a cobweb on Sept. 16, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Visitors are silhouetted as they stroll through red spider lilies in full bloom growing at the Kinchakuda park in Hidaka, Saitama prefecture, Japan, Sept. 22. Red spider lilies, or Higanbana, mark the end of summer and the entry in autumn with its cooler days. Some five million red spider lilies are covering the area. (Franck Robichon/EPA) #

A 6-year-old female White Bengal tiger climbs on a tree as it catches a pheasant hanged by a keeper, at Yunnan Wildlife Park in Kunming, China, Sept. 19. (Wong Campion/Reuters) #

A seagull files as its shadow follows on Sconset Beach, Nantucket. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) #

A female Alpine Ibex, a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps, climbs down a vertical dam (up to 80) at the lake Cingino with her young, on Sept. 22, near Antrona Piana, Italy. Alpine Ibexes come to the wall to lick the salt that seeps from the stones. (Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images) #

A polar bear takes a sun bath at Moscow's zoo on Sept. 12, in Moscow. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images) #

A bird perches on a post as a wildfire burns in the background, near the Sobradinho neighborhood in Brasilia , Brazil, Sept. 12. Drought, high temperatures and areas of low humidity have caused fires to start at several places in Brasilia, according to the fire-fighters putting out the blazes. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) #

The Mont Blanc massif mountain range is viewed from Geneva during sunrise Sept. 19. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters) #

A baby chameleon sits in its enclosure at the Planet of Crocodiles in Civaux near Poitiers, western France, on August 28. (Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images) #

A seagull sits on a bollard as sun rises at the port of Hamburg, northern Germany, on Sept. 4. (Daniel Reinhardt/AFP/Getty Images) #

A peacock butterfly sits on a flower in a garden in Sieversdorf, Germany, on Sept. 7. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fox sits among the gravesides at a cemetery in Weston, Mass. on Sept. 24. (Essdras Suarez/Globe Staff) #

A snapping turtle was one of several turtles greeting guests, at Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The live critters were the center of attention Sunday for Hartman's turtle open house. Dozens of people and families filed in throughout the afternoon for turtle-related activities, displays and snacks. (Dennis Magee/Waterloo Courier via Associated Press) #

A white-tailed eagle is photographed in its enclosure in the zoo in Stralsund, Germany, on Sept. 8. This large eagle breeds in northern Europe and northern Asia. The largest bird population in Europe is found along the coast of Norway.(Stefan Sauers/AFP/Getty Images) #

A bee covered with pollen crawls over an autumn crocus aka in Chur, canton Grison, Switzerland on Sept. 3. (Arno Balzarini/EPA) #