A northern cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack.
Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
From beavers to birds and a baby rhino, the Guardian picture desk has selected its pick of the year’s animals photographs
An eagle owl fluffs out its feathers as it sits on one foot on a branch in its enclosure at the Grugapark, Germany.
Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters
A swallow feeds her babies in their nest under the ceiling of a residential house in Dongfeng township, China.