|Racket-tail in the rain by Petr Simon. Addicted to photographing hummingbirds Petr spent two weeks in Ecuador getting the shots recorded|
|The charge by Eric Pierre. A herd of Muskoxen, spooked by wolves, charge the photographer in the snow in Canada.|
|Extreme foraging by Ron McCombe. A female Red Grouse scavenges for seeds in -10 degrees on the Scottish Borders.|
|Balancing act by Joel Sartore. A mountain goat carries out a death-defying manoeuvre for a mineral lick in Glacier National Park, Montana.|
The brilliant Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2011, run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, opens on the 21st October when the winners are announced. I enjoy this annual treat of the best in wildlife pictures from environmental photographers world wide. They are always truly stunning works by dedicated cameramen and women. Here are just a few of the highly commended section.