Stunning images show how nature’s stealthiest creatures use camouflage to disappear in plain sight

Now you see me….From invisible owls to peeping giraffes these stunning images show how nature’s stealthiest creatures use their camouflage to disappear in plain sight

Before and after photos reveal how clever creatures use their camouflage to remain hidden in plain sightPictures include an almost invisible owl inside a tree cavity defending nest from any oncoming predatorsMeanwhile, a bizarre-looking fish is snapped lurking below the sand and rearing its head above the surfaceWildlife snapper Villager Jim, who has won many photographer awards, captured the amazing images

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Stunning images have been released showing how nature’s stealthiest creatures hide in plain sight using their camouflage. 

From peeping giraffes to camouflaged lizards, the before and after pictures reveal how the animals manage to blend in with their surroundings.  

In one shot, an owl is almost invisible whilst protecting her nest in a tree.

While nestled inside a tree cavity, the female owl has camouflaged itself to defend its nest from any incoming predators.

Meanwhile, a bizarre-looking fish cuts a terrifying sight when it was snapped lurking below the sand on the ocean bed. 

A leopard uses camouflage to hide itself among the rocky surface in the stunning images that were recently released

A leopard uses camouflage to hide itself among the rocky surface in the stunning images that were recently released 

A bird blends into the shrubbery. The photographer won the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013/2014

A bird blends into the shrubbery. The photographer won the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013/2014

An owl blends into the tree branch behind as it turns its head. The photos were taken by wildlife photographer Villager Tim

 An owl blends into the tree branch behind as it turns its head. The photos were taken by wildlife photographer Villager Tim

A hen pheasant hides among the autumn grass in Whitby, Goathland North, Yorkshire

A hen pheasant hides among the autumn grass in Whitby, Goathland North, Yorkshire 

In one shot, an owl is almost invisible whilst protecting her nest in a tree, with its brown fur blending into the background

In one shot, an owl is almost invisible whilst protecting her nest in a tree, with its brown fur blending into the background

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as it defends itself from the predator leopard waiting in the grass below

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as it defends itself from the predator leopard waiting in the grass below

At first glance you may just see patterns in the sand but look a little closer and this is actually the mind-boggling image of a practically invisible fish rearing its head.

In another shot a perfectly camouflaged bird blends perfectly into a stone ridge so well that you have to squint to see it.

Wildlife snapper Villager Jim captured the difficult-to-spot Little Owl perched on a rocky crag in Tideswell, Peak District. 

The photographer won the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013/2014, alongside the Press Photo of the Year 2015 and 2016. 

Villager Tim also won the BBC Springwatch competition in 2012 and has appeared on Countryfile.

He has also been granted access by the Duke of Devonshire to private areas of his estate. 

The bird circled, revealing its hiding place. The photographer previously won the BBC Springwatch competition in 2012

The bird circled, revealing its hiding place. The photographer previously won the BBC Springwatch competition in 2012

The owl visibly seen after turning its head away from the tree and showing its green eyes, while perching on a branch

The owl visibly seen after turning its head away from the tree and showing its green eyes, while perching on a branch

The hen pheasant's hiding place is revealed as it is pictured sticking its head and beak up above the autumn grass

The hen pheasant’s hiding place is revealed as it is pictured sticking its head and beak up above the autumn grass

While nestled inside a tree cavity, the female owl has camouflaged itself to defend its nest from any incoming predators

While nestled inside a tree cavity, the female owl has camouflaged itself to defend its nest from any incoming predators

The impala's hiding place, circled, shown in a zoomed in shot as it hangs upside down high up in the tree

The impala’s hiding place, circled, shown in a zoomed in shot as it hangs upside down high up in the tree 

A bizarre-looking fish cuts a terrifying sight when it was snapped lurking below the sand on the ocean bed and rears its head

A bizarre-looking fish cuts a terrifying sight when it was snapped lurking below the sand on the ocean bed and rears its head

A crocodile camouflaged in the water in Tangerang, Indonesia pokes its head above the surface in the stunning images

A crocodile camouflaged in the water in Tangerang, Indonesia pokes its head above the surface in the stunning images

On his website, Villager Tim explains: ‘Photography is a way of life to me.

‘I’m out in all weathers…wind, rain, fog, snow from dawn to dusk, chasing that one breath-taking shot that never fails to astound, delight and mesmerise me. 

‘I’m fishing for a catch rather than going on a fixed mission.

‘My favourite place in the world is the beautiful Peak District, where I live, work and play.

‘Nowhere else captures the changing of the seasons, the gentle curtain falling between day and night, the beautiful partnership of nature and wildlife, water and woods, hill and valley, movement and stillness.

‘It’s such a joy for me to share my adventures through Facebook to reach and touch the widest possible audience. I’m sustained, rewarded and fuelled by the love and enthusiasm of my Facebook fans.’

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