Captivating Images From Above Offer New Perspectives on Familiar Wildlife

A sheep herd in Europe's Pyrenees Mountains clusters in a field. Artur Debat/Getty Images

Sure, when a photographer is tasked with taking pictures of some amazing, never-before-seen creature, or an up-until-now undiscovered ancient ruin, even a blah photo can be breathtaking. But what's a camera pro to do when trying to capture images of things that's been photographed thousands, if not millions, of times before? Take to the skies, of course! Photographers have always been able to use helicopters and airplanes in combination with serious zoom lenses, but drones are upping the ante on what's accessible. These intriguing, sometimes abstract wildlife images offer a glimpse of what's possible.  

An elephant herd crosses the sand in the Damaraland district in Namibia.
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A herd of horses crosses the Orkhon River in Mongolia's vrkhangai province.
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Cows cluster in a German pasture.
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A flock of pink flamingos in flies Mauritania's Banc d'Arguin National Park.
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Botswana's Okavango Delta is home to a number of elephant herds; estimates put the country's elephant population among the largest in Africa, though migration across borders makes exact population counts difficult to estimate.
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Overhead photography can provide a new perspective even a for the common housecat.
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An overhead photograph captures the migration of blue wildebeest in Kenya's Masai Marana National Reserve.
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Horses in a meadow are indistinguishable from overhead, unless the sun's just right and the shadows give them away.
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