Gentoo (foreground) - Adelie (distal) - 2 of the 3 Pygoscelis (genus) - "Brush-tailed" penguins - the other the Chinstrap.
Augrabies  Flat Lizard (Platysaurus broadleyi) - are endemic to around a 60 mi. (100 km) radius of Augrabies Falls.
Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) - taking a bath.
Maletsunyane Falls - the highest single drop waterfalls in Southern Africa - with a vertical free-fall of 630 ft. (192 m). The falls is located in the Thaba Putsoa (mountain range), and its source is the Maletsunyane River, whose source is only about 12 mi. (19 km) away in bird miles - and about 48 mi. (77 km) in geological meander miles.  The falls is administratively situated in the Mohale's Hoek District - and the Maletsunyane River above the falls is located in the Maseru District - all in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Weather and water sculpted bergy bit - across the rocky and vegetated peninsula, the transition between the Patagonia Steppe and Magellanic Subpolar Forest ecoregions - to Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine), adjacent to Hoya (blade) and Espada (sword) - with Mt. Almirante Nieto (distal, r).
Secretary Bird - is artistically included on South Africa's "Coat of Arms" - and is characterised in flight
Red-legged or Grey Cormorant - from the rock cliff ledge along the Bahia Uruguay - down to the green hue waters of Bahia Uruguay - in the Ria Deseado Provincial Reserve, which is a deep channel eroded by the Rio Deseado, and now an estuary at its confluence with the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Puffin - taking flight from the volcanic rock coastal cliff at Látrabjarg - these seabirds can fly up to about 55 mph (86 km/hr), and also use their wings for underwater propulsion to rapidly swim and catch their primary prey of fish - they are a family member of the Alcids or Auks, which are know for both flying and underwater swimming.
Southeast African Lion - positioned behind a female lion in heat - the mating begins with growling, pawing and even biting - when the female is finally in the mood, she lies down, and the male mounts her as seen here - actual copulation takes 6-10 seconds
Sunlight upon a Guanaco.
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) -- hippos have the largest mouth of any terrestrial animal and the second largest mouth of any animal on Planet Earth (after the whales). Hippos can open its mouth more than 3 ft. (1 m) wide. When a hippo open its mouth, its giant jaws can be drawn apart as far as 150 degrees.
Tugela Falls - the upper 2 of 5 constituent cascading waterfalls flowing down the basalt caprock cliff of the Amphitheater - in the Royal Natal National Park.
Late evening sunlight upon the El Monje (The Monk) - to a distal sandstone outcrop along the Sierra de Pagancillo.
Beyond the igneous rock slope, to a pair of plunge falls and a cascade/ribbon falls, descending from the blue hue terminus snout ice, of the Ventisquero Colgante.
Sunlight upon the Sheepstail Cactus (Eulychnia breviflora) - revealing its wooly flower bud, nearing its bloom during the mid-summer season, in the coastal Atacama Desert.
Flower Bloom of a Soapstone Pin-Cushion Protea
Singular globular cones at the limb's end (the female) - which measures about 7 in. (18 cm) long and 6 in. (15 cm) wide - Pehuén or Monkey Puzzle tree.
Southern Ground Hornbill  (Bucorvus leadbeateri) --   the largest of the hornbill species growing to over 4 ft. (1.2 m) long and weighing over 13 lbs. (6 kg), with the females slightly smaller than the males, and also having violet-blue skin on their throats.  The beak is black and presents a casque (helmet), more developed in males, as seen in this image.
Magellanic Woodpecker - males grow up to around 16 in. (41 cm) in length - and weigh to about 13 oz. - females are typically smaller.
Southern Elephant Seals - one recently and completely saturated with water - the other partially saturated, displaying their fur-like pelage.
Blesbok - coaxing her young to walk with a head nudge - just minutes after giving birth.
Capybara - their fur is coarse and thin, and is reddish brown over most of the body, turning yellowish brown on the belly and sometimes black on the face. The body is barrel-shaped, sturdy, and tailless. The front legs are slightly shorter than the hind legs.
Ablation of ancient glacial ice, calving along the terminus of the Moreno Glacier - Glaciares National Park.
Along the rock isthmus, out to a double outcrop peninsula of "Los Gigantes" - Ezequiel Ramos Mexia Reservoir.
Young juvenile African Plains Elephant - walking with the herd.
Brazilian Owl Butterfly - also called Almond Eye Owl
Beyond the eroded sea stack and adjacent marble outcrops and fallen boulder - to a partial view of Capilla de Marmol (Marble Chapel) - upon the glacial water of Lago Carrera - southwestward, to the distal glacial ice slopes of the Patagonia Andes.
Beyond the volcanic rock boulders and tussock grass to the turbid water of the endorheic lake, at the southeastern crater floor area of South Crater - with above Mt Ngauruhoe (volcano), and the steam rising from a fumarole (geothermal gas vent) - Taupo Volcanic Zone - Tongariro National Park.
Colca Canyon - from the southern slope along the Ampato Mountain, amongst the cacti and xeric shrub vegetation - beyond to the eroded slope and glacial upon the northern slope, along the Chila Range - Cordillera Occidental Andes  (western range) - Caylloma province - Arequipa department.
Marine aves guano cloaked upon the distal sea arch and islet, at the northeastern end of the Isla Ballesta Norte - from here amongst wave receeding from the igneous granite rock, cloaked with marine alga (seaweed), at the sea arch upon the far northeastern end of Isla Ballesta Central, amongsts the mid-morning sunlight and shadows - Paracas National Reserve - western Pisco province - Ica department - southwestern Peru.
Sunlight upon Laguna Yanacocha, surrounded by tussock grasses - with a  ridge-shadow upon Laguna Huarmicocha below - and the eastern shoreline of Laguna Caricocha distal - with theeastern slopes and crater rim of Volcan Mojanda above.
From the San Salvador Channel - northeastward beyond Cabo Trenton (l) on Isla Santiago and the shoreline of Islote Sombrero Chino (r) - then into the narrow and shallow coral sand channel - and beyond to the largest (about 2000 ft./610 m wide) of the 8, Gordon Rocks.
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