Purple gallinule, by Susan Davis
Great blue heron, by Michael Libbe
Peter Kaestner, U.S. senior civilian representative, takes a moment to admire some of the native tumbleweed in Afghanistan.
Horned larks are present year-round in the U.S., but can also be found on the opposite side of the world. Kaestner counted 19 of them during his one-day survey in northern Afghanistan.
A one-day-old wood duck chick.
To make manja, a kite maker first coats cotton thread with a mixture consisting primarily of powdered glass and glue. He then runs over the sharp string with pink or gray dye.