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Unusual wildlife sightings

05/12/2007 00:00:00

What is this unusual sighting in Iran?

There are many absolutely fantastic photographs of leaping dolphins, hunting lions and flocks of flamingos, but this section is dedicated to those photographs that show something just a little bit different. These photos have much less to do with the technical quality of the photo than the quirkiness of the subject. Whether it is a nocturnal animal prowling around at midday, a vegetarian eating a steak or a species not usually recorded in that country, or habitat, we want to see something different.  

If you have any unusual images you would like us to post, please send them to editor @ 

unusual wildlife sightings

leucistic and albino animals

Wildlife Extra has built up an extensive gallery of animals with unusual colourings, or lack of it. White whales and giraffes, orange badgers and dozens of birds with patchy colouring.

Click here to see our gallery of albino and leucistic animals and birds.

Pallas' cat in the Altai 

Rare photo of a Pallas' cat taken on a Biosphere Expeditions trip.

Click Rare sighting of a Pallas' cat in The Altai Republic 



all too urban fox

A fox reading a copy of BBC Wildlife, in a house in suburban Wimbledon

Fox reading BBC wildlife in front room in Wimbledon! © 2006 Wildlife Extra

daytime aardvark

It is very rare to see an aardvark in the wild in broad daylight. Trying searching Google images for an aardvark and you will see lots of drawings, models, aardvarks in captivity and shots taken with a flash, but barely anything that resembles an aardvark in the wild in daylight.

Aardvark in daylight, Masai Mara, Kenya.


9 banded armadillo


A nine banded armadillo taken on a small instamtic style camera in the jungle near Iguazu falls, Argentina.

Aardwolf on the Nairobi National game park

This Aardwolf was spotted in daylight near the new tented camp in the Nairobi National Park.


Aardwolf are normally nocturnal, is a small, insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa. Unusually in hyenas, Aardwolf diet consists of almost exclusively termites, other insect larvae and carrion. 

And finally...............

  • The RSPB Scotland has issued advice to the public to leave chicks alone if they come across them, after a series of bizarre calls this spring. The calls included:
  • A pair of Mistle thrushes who raised chicks succesfully after nesting in a traffic light in Central Glasgow.
  • A woman who found a bird’s nest in a tumble dryer. The bird had accessed the dryer from a pipe leading outside! 

Past winners.

  • A woman who found a goosander (a species of duck) in her living room. It had fallen in after apparently nesting in her chimney!
  • A man who found a young tawny owl on the pavement and took it home in a basket because it was raining
  • A woman who took a nest of birds inside because she was worried that the chicks were getting cold.
  • A one concerned individual who was worried about a young bird in a tree in the garden because ‘it looked like it was about to jump


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Posted by: Philip Louis | 17 Nov 2015 12:52:44

Beautiful pictures of wildlife, just absolutely stunning.

Posted by: Mike Johsnon | 23 Oct 2015 01:32:48


Saw one of these when serving in army, it was about 10 miles out of the town,the tentacles disappearing into the blue, unfortunately it was very early morning and was gone before I could call anyone else.
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Posted by: John Pierce | 21 Oct 2015 21:08:49

Really, The photographs of wild life are just amazing. I really like the photos of leaping dolphins, hunting lions etc. I love nature too and would like to say that this is a nice collection of pictures that you have been posted here. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us. Keep it up.
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Posted by: Eric Jhonson | 19 Sep 2015 06:29:18

I am a big fan of the nature beauty like animals, birds and plants. I have a huge collection of the pics and i will definitely share these pictures with you. Thanks for these great collections.

Posted by: John Walker | 10 Sep 2015 09:49:13

Recycling where possible may

Recycling where possible may also guide shield wild animals and its organic habitats. In accordance with Natural SOUTH CAROLINA, around one trillion ocean gulls, 100, 000 ocean mammals as well as 50, 000 hair seals die every year subsequently plastic material litter box hanging inside the water.

Posted by: bruce jones | 28 Aug 2015 07:26:53

Black Swan

10 Nov 2014 @ 14:15

GR NH907830 Black Swan in stubble field along with approx. 150 Whooper Swans

Posted by: Bella Woody | 10 Nov 2014 15:19:25

pair of black swans

pair of black swans this past couple of mornings at the mouth of the Glencloy River, Carnlough Co. Antrim

Posted by: ciaran mcauley | 19 Sep 2014 18:23:29

Black Swan

Black swan on Killyfole lake in Co. Fermanagh on Monday 17th March.

Posted by: Fiona | 20 Mar 2014 22:53:53

Black swans

2 black swans on Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent. Are they local recent escapes or perhaps now feral birds?

Posted by: John Wakefield | 13 Dec 2013 12:01:26

Black Swan

Black Swan on Leeds Liverpool Canal at Rodley Leeds .

With other swans ,we have a Nature Reserve at Rodley but not

seen a black swan in the wild before.

Posted by: keith lambert | 10 Nov 2013 11:44:58

Black Swan

Yesterday, I saw a Black Swan on Traeth Lafan in front of the car park for The Spinnies just outside Bangor. I see a previous post mentions one seen in Port Penrhyn, just around the corner, but despite visiting The Spinnies regularly, I've not seen it before.

Posted by: Chris Allen | 30 Sep 2013 07:15:33

David bristow

Black swan in penarth marina tonight 11/08/13

Posted by: Stevieg | 11 Aug 2013 19:39:00

Black Swan

There seems to be no-where official to report this - if anyone does know, please let me know.

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff - there are huge numbers of Mute Swans and amongst them a very beautiful Black Swan.

26-29th June 2013

Posted by: sally jenkins | 29 Jun 2013 17:42:43

Black swan

12th May 2013, we have just seen a black swan on the river cuckmere at the nature reserve, East Sussex.

Posted by: Chrisanne WArd | 12 May 2013 10:17:54

Great Bustard

sighted just off the road between Lavenham and Bridge Street in suffolk

Posted by: Henry Jones | 17 Apr 2013 23:44:58

Black Swan

Just seen a black Swan in Billing Aquadrome, Northampton not seen it before.

Posted by: Tracy Williams | 27 Mar 2013 16:18:12

Black Swans on River Ribble in Preston Lancs

I live in the centre of Preston facing the River Ribble, this morning I have seen for the first time, two black swans enjoying themselves on the river at low tide.

Posted by: David Roebuck | 26 Feb 2013 10:45:03

Black Swan

Black Swan seen today with 2 White Swans on Leeds/Liverpool Canal, Accrington, never seen one before, lovely bird!

Posted by: Mia Staveley | 26 Jan 2013 20:11:39

black swan

At colwick park nottingham, it was with another white swan and varios other ducks, in summer 2012

Posted by: jennie | 21 Dec 2012 21:06:20

black swan

Single black swan seen on Arnside shore last Sun (7th Oct). It stayed around all day.Not scared of people taking photos and feeding it. So beautiful! RSPCA man said it looked like it might be an escapee from a collection. Not ringed. Flew into the water when he tried to catch it.

Posted by: Joanna Greenway | 10 Oct 2012 22:42:15

tree bees

i have a tree bee nest in my birdbox which is situated on the side of my house i spoke to a local bee expert he says they are quite harmless unless they feel threatened he explained to me how to remove them if they become a nuisence but says they will die in the winter i will leave them alone and let nature take its course . i am in keighley west yorkshire

Posted by: robert sutcliffe | 26 Jun 2012 19:31:02

Black swan

Black swan was seen swimming on the River Avon, near Pershore Worcestershire, whilst walking my dog Sunday 1st April 2012, at 2:30pm.

Posted by: Jocelyn Tysall | 01 Apr 2012 15:50:22

Egyptian Geese

I don't know how unusual they are as I know there is a colony of them in Norfolk but a pair seem to have taken up residence on the River Lea. They have been at Tottheham Lock for a couple of weeks now, roosting on a neighbour's roof at night. I'm hoping they find somewhere congenial nearby to breed.

Posted by: L Daniel | 13 Mar 2012 11:44:53

Golden Eagles?

Sat 10/3/2012 about 11am
Did anybody see up to 7 golden eagles? soaring high north & west of Hearthrow airport? over Windsor, Datchet, Colnbrook?

Posted by: steve boschen | 12 Mar 2012 13:39:15

Brown Jackdaw

Photography not too clever but have some pictures. Taken Newyears day and the 4th Jan.

Posted by: David | 12 Jan 2012 01:32:49

Otter sighting

We have just see a large otter crossing our drive (7Pm) we are a mile or more from any rivers is this unusuall? Home is a small village in west devon,between the tamer and tavy. `Regards

Posted by: Nigel | 19 Nov 2011 19:55:01

Stag beetles

A few weeks ago i was lucky enough to watch a stag beetle digging in my back garden lawn, i watched it dig until it had completely disappeared!!
Today i found it dead on top of the lawn, when i looked nearby there were a further 2 dead stag beetles??
Although we have always seen them in our garden (Hillingdon, Middx) this year we have seen many more than usual and i have never found three dead ones together???

Posted by: Sue Nichols | 31 Jul 2011 12:55:56

swifts at play in Brazil

I write from Sau Paulo where I have been staying for two weeks. This morning I stopped to watch a small flock of swifts circling and darting low over a road I was about to cross. One had a white long as it's own body, in it's beak. My first thought was it was for nesting but the bird dropped it from a height of about 6 feet and it fluttered to the ground, others kept darting low over the feather, one landed, picked it up and flew to a height of about 5-6 ft then he dropped it, this time another bird caught it in mid air but he too then dropped it to the ground. This activity was continued for many minutes much to my delight and wonder. Some tried to fly low and pick the feather up while in flight, one or two managed it, flew up a few feet but they would also drop it and so it went on. The moments when one caught it in flight, dropped it and another caught it, dropped it than yet another tried to catch it before it fluttered to the ground made it look like a birds game of 'volley feather'! it was a special few minutes! Has this kind of "play" been observed before? Some initial research on line has produced nothing similar. A passer by disrupted play and I kept the feather.

Posted by: heather cotton | 03 Jun 2011 14:33:55

overun with stag beetles

Lived here in camberley,surrey, 6 years and never seen this before. Over last week have had 12 stag beetles in garden on grass. seem to be coming out of grass, very aggressive; standing with horns in air at me! 3 were got by birds(i think) and died but i have been picking up the others much to my other halfs disgust and putting them behind some trees. Did find 4 larvae at easter when we removed a stump, but we put these back. Is this normal? i don't know what else to do with them. Can anyone help?

Posted by: joanne smith | 30 May 2011 19:33:10

Giant Squid

Saw one of these when serving in merchant navy, it was about 80 miles out of Pensacola while at anchor and was massive ,the tentacles disappearing into the blue, unfortunately it was very early morning and was gone before I could call anyone else.I believe I am the only person on the planet to have sighted one of these beasts alive although the japanese have filmed them at great depth. I reported this to David Attenenbrough who is very interested in locating these creatures.

Posted by: john marsh | 29 May 2011 09:26:08

Monica Palmer

Is it at all possible that I could have seen a pine martin on
the edge of some woods in Faraway Devon

Posted by: Monica Palmer | 08 May 2011 18:32:41

unusual sighting in Iran

Thats no Raccoon Dog, I'm pretty sure its a Red Fox, despite apparently grey coloration.

Posted by: Steve McQueen | 29 Apr 2011 16:34:39

Waxwings in Northampton

Approx 20 birds feeding off tree outside offices in East Northampton. My first look at these stunning birds. Sadly 2 were found dead on the car park, i believe that they had flown into car windows.

Posted by: John Hassall | 05 Mar 2011 07:24:53


it is normal to see bats flying around in the afternoon in the middle of january in the uk?

Posted by: nev cheshire | 14 Jan 2011 11:53:05

osprey in essex

one morning on my way to work spotted huge bird on a telegraph pole on my way to work,a mile from stanstead airport.just approaching airport realised i`d forgotten my tools for work.on my way back home the bird was still there,so i pulled up opposite,crossed the road and stood directly underneath pole to see an osprey with a fish under its feet enjoying breakfast.thought this can`t be right so i hollered at the bird to make it take flight .sure enough as it flew down low level and across the could not mistake the markings and splayed fingerlike feathers of the wings.i spoke to our local wildlife officer to be told they have been spotted be fore at our local lakes passing through on migration. only 60 miles from london, amazing! so you never know what you may find around the next

Posted by: np thompson | 10 Jan 2011 19:21:46

Waxwings Spotted! Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (post code NG17)

I live in Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (post code NG17) and I was in the garden this morning refilling the bird feeders and heard a familiar beautiful "trilling" sound - I looked up and spotted 4 Waxwings in the tree! I also saw a small flock of them around the 14th December last year (2009) on my neighbour's tv aerial - I hope they come back so that I can get a photo! They're beautiful!

Posted by: Nicki Hill | 23 Dec 2010 11:54:25


Seen about 100 waxwings in the two trees at the bottom of my garden this morning. I live in Middlesbrough in the N.E

Posted by: Paul Leonard | 19 Nov 2010 09:04:21

Ocelot mix in Tucson, AZ?

Was riding my bike this morning and in the Tucson foothills stopped to see what wild cat had just turned into woods slowly. It lay10-15 ft away for two minutes, time to look at it well. Guess of 20-25 lbs, healthy looking, spotted ,etc with 4" tail, ears a bit pointy but not bobcat-ish, and colorings not at all bobcat. Looked up when home and has all the markings of ocelot- strong spots of two hues ( darker with lighter ring), with cream base to coat, lighter belly, face some stripes, back of ears strong black horizontal stripes. Seemed tired or thirsty, though, laying down, and breathing through mouth. Consider ocelot mix,?? as pet, therefore healthy looking and not so afraid? Not rangy enough looking to seem rabid.
overall, smaller than ocelot, shorter tail, pointier ears, thinner legs, but otherwise total color/pattern match. of course no collar.
any chance could be mix with a domestic cat?

Posted by: Jesse Zoernig | 13 Sep 2010 04:47:50

seal in kingston upon thames

I heard that seals are spotted regulary in the Thames, but yesterday night we saw one just in front of 'the boaters' at Canbury Gardens in Kingston upon Thames...meaning it managed to cross even the Teddington lock....was quite a surprise...

Posted by: Joern Fischer | 22 Jun 2010 09:17:43

White Raven

I spotted what I beleive was a white Raven this morning whilst inspecting the rail track near Clitheroe. At first I thought it was a large dove but as I got closer it had the distinctive sharp beak of the common black raven. I did take a photo but unfortunately it was at a distance and the twigs of the tree it had settled on obscure some of the bird. It had a twig in its beak as if it were nest building. Could it possibly be a white Raven?.

Posted by: Alan Darbyshire | 18 Mar 2010 20:36:18

snow frogs

I have two ponds in my Indianapolis back yard and about 30 resident brown frogs. A few frog eggs must have arrived 15 years ago on the feathers and legs of visiting ducks. Since then the frogs have proliferated. Every so often in the winter a frog appears in or around the pond. Snow is still on the ground and ice lingers at its edges but the frogs still turn up. I rescue them by returning then to crevices, nooks and cranies in the rocky shoreline. Recently, I have placed a few frogs in a plastic container with rocks and water in my unheated garage so they can continue to semi-hibernate without fear of freezing. Any suggesttion how else I can help my frogs survive the winter. I know "survival of the fitist" should sooth my mind but I have long violated that by providing a wildlife habitate for birds, foxes, racoons, possums, snakes, fish, etc. The frogs provide food for racoons, snakes and herrons so I'd rather have then survive the winter to provide food for my predators. So, is keeping them cold and safe in my garage a good idea? I will be grateful for advice. Thanks, C. Gosling

Posted by: c.gosling | 03 Mar 2010 02:18:15


Until a few days ago,we have had a flock of about 12 redwing feeding on various berries in ours and neibouring gardens,in Orpington Kent.My wife impaled some fruit on a bush ,as they were reluctant to come down from trees.

Posted by: edourd | 22 Jan 2010 23:01:42

A pair of Peregrine Falcons in Paddington

The back of our flat in Westbourne Terrace looks onto a tower office block, 20 Eastbourne Terrace (opposite Paddington station). There is a pair of Peregrine Falcons roosting on the very top girder of the block (approx 17-18 stories high and facing SW) who we first spotted a while before Christmas. With our binoculars we've been endlessly entertained as they come and go and swoop around, frequently bringing back parts of birds to munch on, and ruffling their feathers to resemble fur coats for their protection from this freezing weather.

Posted by: Sue Brymer | 10 Jan 2010 18:19:05

redwings in the south of England

I have at least 6 Redwings in my garden feeding on my neighbours holly tree berries, I understand that redwings are not usualy found any further south than Scotland, I live on the South coast (Newhaven in Sussex) I have never seen them before and wondered if it has something to do with the recent NE winds and the cold weather?

Posted by: LAURENCE DEAKIN | 07 Jan 2010 14:42:35

Peacock Butterfly

Is it normal for the Peacock Butterfly to be found in Sutherland

Posted by: John Murray | 13 Sep 2009 20:24:27

Strange animals

Interesting to see this. There are actually a lot of this kind of sightseeings in Manu Reserve, in Cusco Peru. If you have a chance to visit it, you will not regret. Some of them you can find information and lots of pictures in here: Have a nice time checking the diversity,

Posted by: | 27 Mar 2009 18:22:49

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