Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #2

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust. Almost 14,000 photographs from 82 photographers from around the world have been emailed to us or posted on our Facebook wall so far. Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are with the world…


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Chris Martin Wildlife Photography (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Martin-Wildlife-Photography/171662759544449)
The Goliath heron is the largest heron on earth, weighing up to 9 pounds. They are prolific ambush fisherman that do well in protected wetlands. (Chris Martin Wildlife Photography)
Chris Krog
Helmeted guineafowl silhouetted at sunrise. This photograph makes me want to go to the bush. The sound of their call alone makes me excited. (Chris Krog)
Rodnick Biljon
Trumpeter hornbill through up a fruit to catch it and eat it. Stunning photograph. Like other forest specialists they are increasingly threatened by defirestation on the African continent. (Rodnick Biljon)
Joel Delgado
Golden-browed chlorophonia is found in Costa Rica and Panama, where they are restricted to subtropical or tropical montane forests. (Joel Delgado)
Focus with Trevor (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-with-Trevor/153992534618905)
Yellow-billed hornbills at nest a nest cavity with food. These are among the hardiest hornbills on earth that do very well in the dry, hot African savanna. (Focus with Trevor)
Rodnick Biljon
A very rare photograph of a Baillon's crake in its natural habitat. An amazing photograph of this uncommon resident of southern Africa. (Rodnick Biljon)
Herman van der Hart
The common goldeneye is a medium-sized sea duck found in in the lakes and rivers of boreal forests across Canada and the northern United States, Scandinavia and northern Russia. This one was photographed in Finland. (Herman van der Hart)
Hennie Cilliers
Juvenile Malachite kingfisher witha small morsel in its beak. Little beauty! (Hennie Cilliers)
Mike Rex
Close-up of African black oystercatcher - a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa (Mike Rex)
Edward Peach
Grey go-away-bird taking a moment to hide from the heat of the day under the cool canopy of a tree. (Edward Peach)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Black-browed albatross preening... (Saunder's Island, Falkland Islands) (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Michele Nel
Striking image of a Purple heron with a tilapia... The stripes and coloration is hard to appreciate when you are far away. Wow! (Michele Nel)
Przemyslaw Kunysz
Black-headed batis sitting in a delicate cup nest made of lichens and mosses. Keeping an eye on things... (Przemyslaw Kunysz)
Hendri Venter
Juvenile Verreaux's eagle strikes a pose in the wind. Majestic! (Hendri Venter)
Adam Riley (www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Fire-tufted barbet is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. They are mostly restricted to subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests... (Adam Riley) (www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Burkhard Schlosser
Yellow-billed kites are present in Southern Africa between July and March each year. They are amazing aerial acrobats. (Burkhard Schlosser)
Denis Callet
Great horned owls are the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. These birds hunt after dark by perching on a high vantage point and swooping down on prey. (Denis Callet)
Brian Cluver
Acacia pied barbet feeding on the pollen and nectar in this flower. These illusive little barbets are notoriously hard to photograph. (Brian Cluver)
Lennart Hessel
Eurasian nuthatch is found throughout temperate Europe and Asia. They are the most widespread nuthatch species. (Lennart Hessel)
Herman van der Hart
Black-tailed godwit at sunset in the Netherlands. Their breeding range stretches from Iceland across Europe and parts of central Asia. Winter is spent in Australia, western Europe, and west Africa. (Herman van der Hart)
Lennart Hessel
Mute swan drinking water from a lake in Sweden. (Lennart Hessel)
Artur Bujanowitz
Slender-billed weavers are found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. (Artur Bujanowitz)
Johan Vosloo
Spotted thick-knee are a largely nocturnal species that hunt by the moonlight. Amazing capture! (Johan Vosloo)
Anja Denker
Rosy-faced lovebirds are a wonderful sighting in Namibia. These industrious little parrots have been able to establish feral populations around the world. (Anja Denker)
©Art Wolfe (www.artwolfe.com)
Elf owlet sitting in a Saguaro Cactus (Arizona, USA). These are the world's lightest owls... (©Art Wolfe) (www.artwolfe.com)


See the last “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” blog post on National Geographic News Watch:

Link: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/19/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-1/


The Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The trust focusses on linking ordinary people with conservation action in the field through innovative marketing campaigns and brand development. Saving Africa’s birds is going to take a determined effort from all of us.


The main aims and objectives of the WBT are to:

  • To advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat.
  • Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well.
  • To work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.

In the pursuit of these aims and objectives the Wild Bird trust works closely with relevant local and international entities and persons, including: government authorities; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and avicultural organizations. The trust is funded entirely by its founder members, charitable donations and conservation grants.   The National Geographic Society Conservation Trust was the first to award a large grant to the Wild Bird Trust for our work on the Cape Parrot Project. See: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/12/16/upholi-want-a-forest-rescuing-africas-most-endangered-parrot-from-extinction/


Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.
  • Samir Desani

    What a great 25 shots Realy Awesome, Stunning, Beautiful, Hatsoff. Special Thanks to STEVE BOYES

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  • Anja Denker

    Another great collection!! Simply wonderful work by the Wild Bird Trust and Steve Boyes!!

  • gaurav finch

    realy very nise photographs& wonderfullllllllllllllll

  • Michele Nel

    This is an amazing collection of bird photographs…I am honoured to be amongst them ! Thank you.

  • Burkhard Schlosser

    Thank you for the honour bestowed on my Yellow Billed Kite image. Much appreciated !!!!!

  • George Branch

    Fabulous pictures…each of them a joy to view. If that doesn’t enthuse people to conserve, I don’t know what will. Keep it up

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  • vasudevsingh

    What a great Shots Awesome. Congratulations to Steve Boyes.
    I am Nature Photographer. (wild life & Birds)

  • Lenka Jozova

    Very beautiful pictures!

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  • nischal

    awesome photographs….beautiful and cute birds…. fascinating….and and sure i’ll help in protecting their habitat.

  • Brian Culver

    Thank you for selecting my Barbet to join some awesome images.

  • Roshan Thomas

    Great photographs…!!! Truly Inspirational for wildlife photographers.

  • Neethipathi SInha

    Crystal clear clarity.Fascinated by Photographers’ endeavors.

  • saravana

    fascinating, magnificent pictures!

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  • Chay

    I am lkoiong for info on how to attract birds native to my area Mobile,, AL .we are about to landscape our new home by a small lake and would love to include plants, trees that would attract a variety of birds. Thanks for leading me to a source that might help me .Kathy

  • Chris Martibn Wildlife Photography

    Thanks so much for the honour of including a couple of my images amongst these incredible images of Southern African bird life. I feel very honoured indeed to see my work on the pages of National Geographic.

  • Richard Millar

    Would have loved to have been asked to use my pictures before just getting them posted :/

  • Hi Richard,
    I am so sorry. Maybe I was not clear? All photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust page are eligible for inclusion in the “Top 25”. Looking back I see that this photograph was submitted in January when I was away. My apologies for this oversight. I have removed your photograph from the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of Week#2” and replaced it. Would you like the same photo promoted in the upcoming “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of Week#9”? It would be great exposure for a young photographer. Good luck with your next photo project.
    All the best,

  • Arnieea

    These are gteat pictures. Hope t see more.

    Thanks for sharing.

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