Lying on the snowy ground in the middle of winter, photographer Shane Kalyn discovered an intimate moment of feathered PDA – and was able to capture this truly amazing photograph.
The pair of ravens were beginning an intricate bonding ritual at the start of their mating season. Touching their beaks together, they appeared to kiss among the pine trees, before exchanging gifts like moss, twigs and small stones, and serenading each other with soft warbling sounds. How incredibly romantic.
The photograph came top in the ‘Behaviour: Birds’ category at Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2021. Many of the entries show nature at its most majestic and vulnerable, with the winners displayed at London’s Natural History Museum.
Here are some more of our favourites:
Like this bright sunflower field.
This chimpanzee rehab centre.
This icy landscape (those specks are seals).
These loved-up newts.
This seaweed jungle.
These battling reindeer.
This guilty-looking bear.
This peaceful forest scene.
And these playful polar bears.
Now check out these incredible deep-sea shots from the Ocean Photography Prize 2021.
Plus: here are the hilarious winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021.