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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #10

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. Each week we select from all the photographs submitted and from our archives. Almost 18,000 photographs from over 100 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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Anja Denker
Ahhhh... the awesome and spectacular lilac-breasted roller! This ever present aerial insectivore is my nominee for Africa's most photographed bird. (Anja Denker)
Louis Groenewald
Juvenile Malachite kingfisher perched at the ready... The first year is the toughest year for any species. This little guy will have to prove him or herself many, many times this year. (Louis Groenewald)
Ragoo Rao
The spot-billed duck is also known as the "Spotbill", is a dabbling duck that breeds in tropical and eastern Asia. These were photographed in Mysore (India) (Ragoo Rao)
Trevor Hardaker / www.hardaker.co.za
The black-browed albatross is the most widespread and common albatross. A stunning action shot! (Trevor Hardaker)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Indian pittas breeds mainly in the sub-Himalayas and winter in southern India and Sri Lanka. This stunning photo was taken in Yala National Park (Sri Lanka) (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Jason GW Wharam
African fish Eagles making more African fish eagles... The males become highly territorial during the breeding season and will attack any large raptor in the vicinity. (Jason GW Wharam)
Suranjan Mukherjee
Atlantic Puffins are often referred to as as '"clowns of the ocean" and "sea parrots". Photographed on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire (Wales). (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Rodnick Biljon
Cape Parrot taking off into an uncertain future. We seem to have managed to get through the recent disease outbreak, but numbers are still dangerously low with few breeding females remaining. (Rodnick Biljon)
Jesús Matos
Colibri (Amazilia fimbriata) is a little-known hummingburd found in Colombia. (Jesús Matos)
Collared Trogon is found in the warmer parts of the Neotropics. These colorful birds nest in holes excavated in termite nests or natural cavities in trees. (Ronald Krieger)
Suranjan Mukherjee
Red kite is a rare species which is resident in the milder parts of its range in western Europe and northwest Africa. Here photographed in flight in Pembrokeshire (Wales, UK) (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Herman van der Hart
Pin-tailed whydah displaying in front of an apparently receptive female. They will mate, she will lay the eggs in the nest of another bird species, and neither will have anything to do with raising their offspring. Why did they evolve this behavior? (Herman van der Hart)
Suranjan Mukherjee
Wrens are small and rather inconspicuous, but are still favorites of local birders. Here with nest-building material... (Staffordshire, UK) (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
The Serendib Scops Owl is the most recently discovered bird of Sri Lanka. Identified for the first time in 2001 and described in 2004. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Trevor Hardaker / www.hardaker.co.za
The Cape robin-chat is a resident breeder in southern and eastern Africa from Kenya south to Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. (Trevor Hardaker / www.hardaker.co.za)
Anja Denker
My nominee for Africa's most photographed bird, the lilac-breasted roller. Breathtaking every time and worthy of two spots in this week's "Top 25" (Anja Denker)
Suranjan Mukherjee
Goldfinches breed across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. (Staffordshire, UK) (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Joel Delgado
Resplendnet Quetzl is Guatemala's national bird and plays an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies. (Joel Delgado)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Rufous piculet is a little-known bird found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. Photographed here in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve (Borneo). (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Rueppell's parrots are found in harsh, arid environments and are able to breed in winter when no other cavity-nesting bird species are able to...? Photographed in Omaruru (Namibia) (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Scaly-breasted Munia looks alert in the wilds of Sigiriya (Sri Lanka). These little birds breed well in captivity and have thus been the subject of many experiments... (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Rosy-faced lovebirds sharing a moment in the Erongo Mountains (Namibia). Allo-preening is an important social interaction for most parrots, functioning to reinforce pair bonds. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Joel Delgado
Spangle-cheeked Tanager tanager is an endemic resident breeder in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. (Joel Delgado)
Art Wolfe / Art Wolfe Stock
African shoebill's are being exterminated throughout their range by nest poaching for the wild-caught bird trade. Demand for chicks is escalating, as private collectors around the world add this oddity of our African natural heritage to their menageries. (Art Wolfe / Art Wolfe Stock)
Nick du Plessis
African stonechat photographed near St Lucia (South Africa). Always alert, always perfectly positioned above the grass. (Nick du Plessis)

 

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

Link: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/04/06/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-9/

 

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 Wild Bird Trust 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.

See: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/12/16/upholi-want-a-forest-rescuing-africas-most-endangered-parrot-from-extinction/

 

See the Africa Birds & Birding Facebook page for amazing bird photography from Africa! https://www.facebook.com/Africa.Birds.Birding

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.
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  • n.shiva kumar

    lovely photos all. what do i need to do as i want to
    get on to the list of 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the week.
    where do i need to send my photos of birds shot in the
    wild in India.cheers

  • JOHN ATKINSON

    Just wanted to thank you for all the beautiful pictures of birds. I have been a bird feeder for years and wouldn’t have it any other way as long as I can afford it.

  • Samir

    Awesome 25 photos

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  • Vivi Kanellatou

    Amazing Photos!!!

  • robert mendez

    Lovely show and I can’t wait for the next ones. thank you all for sharing, rm

  • bhavesh

    Out standing…awesome.

    You are so lucky to see all this beauty at your eyes & also captured..beautiful.

  • jesus alvarez

    SOY UN ADMIRADOR DE LA NATURALEZA ,Y UN FANATICO DE LA FOTGRAFI A .ESTOY DISFRUTANDO, DE LO QUE ESTOY BIENDO.

  • syed mahboob shah

    indeed nuture is a great artist

  • marianna_88

    Спасибо! Чудесно! Я учитель географии и Ваши фото большая помощь в работе.Но еще больше радуют эти фото меня саму и моего внука! Спасибо!

  • william iniko

    nice picture , thanks alot for the shot of the lilac breasted roller . We have a club known as Lake Naivasha Nature Club , which its aim is involves bird watching , environmentetc

  • william iniko

    nice picture , thanks alot for the shot of the lilac breasted roller . We have a club known as Lake Naivasha Nature Club , which its aim is involves bird watching , environment

  • william iniko

    how can i send more pic for the birds of kenya, pliz advice

  • A.K. Witikno

    GOD created a beautiful but we are destroying it. Why?

  • mehrdad

    all images very very nice and perfect

  • Sheyda

    lovely….the feather colors are just amazing…

  • Marjolaine Pinard

    Magnifiques oiseaux , belles photos, j’adore merci. *

  • Marjolaine Pinard

    * magnifiques oiseaux, belles photos, j’adore merci

  • Manuel Durán

    mi hobby es fotografiar pájaros y me siento identificado con esto, pero estas fotos son insuperables tanto por la belleza de las aves en sí, como por la calidad de las imágenes y los aciertos casi increíbles de algunas de ellas….

  • Sunil Ratnayake

    Superb photography,I really admire everthing

  • RITZ FRANZ

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS –

  • koua

    I like these picture and information from national geographic

  • Chenniappan Nagarajan

    I express my thanks for the beautiful pictures of birds.I am waiting for May.

  • chie trinity

    i love all the pictures of those lovely colorful Birds. Could you please send me a copy everytime..

  • lloyd Seimon

    Nice collection of birds 3 srilnkan birds as well. Visit Srilanka you can see many of them,

  • Ann Waller

    Fantastic photos. Wonderful to see such a variety of birds

  • Muhammad Javed Mahmood

    Excellent collection of photographs. Subhanallah!

  • ALI

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  • Syed Mujtaba Bukhari

    Just wanted to thank you for all the beautiful pictures of birds. I have been a bird feeder for years and wouldn’t have it any other way as long as I can afford it. Can you send me the hard copies . I am very thank full to you .

  • Ajit Kumar Patel

    Beautiful nature snaps. what do i need to do as i want to
    get on to the list of 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the week.
    where do i need to send my photos of birds shot in the
    wild in India.cheers

  • salahudin khan

    I love nature and wildelife without these creatures life is nothing but passing time without a cause.

  • chaku desai

    superb photo sp.thank to natgeo/photogrphers n nature to excellent creation

  • sarbjeet

    Beautiful photographs ! I would also like to send photographs of the birds shot in India ,California (bay area) and some in Singapore.What should I do ?

  • sarbjeet

    Beautiful photographs of the birds. I would also like to send the birds’ photographs clicked in India and California (Bay area).What should I do?

  • A Field

    Beautiful photos!!

  • Roshan Thomas

    Truly inspirational…!!!!
    Gives a fresh spirit….

  • masoud

    thank you for all beautiful pictures , please send me about mina birds .

  • k.sudhakar

    Very happy to see the bird photos. In our area the sparrows are fast disappearing due to cell towars. Technology is necessary but not with the cost of NATURE.

  • k.sudhakar

    I am a nature lover. In our area the sparrows are common and they live with us. But with the advancement of technology, improvement of communications and blast of cell phones, the cell phone towers are fast increasing, causing radiation to humans as well as birds. The first impact is on little sparrows and they almost disappear in our area.

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  • kapil

    very refreshing to see these pics

  • reva

    very beautiful photos

  • yustin kayombo

    I do like the way you posted this photos spectacular

  • Beverley Kinnear

    As usual, National Geographic has come up with the most amazing photos of wild birds. These are the most beautiful and unusual birds I have ever seen! I enjoyed every photo, every comment and had a new thrill every time I clicked on a new one.
    I am also friends of two of the Grovenors. Alex Grovenor was in my husband’s squadron many years ago. I know he has passed, but I have lost contact with his wife Marcia. Does anyone there know of her whereabouts? I would surely like to re-connect with her!

  • pragnashineangel

    your really great.
    why because you show us which or what we cannot see.how to live,to be secure,to be patient when the things goes wrong.
    i really like all of ur photos and the work u do,with a great responsibility.till the day i booked ur free service to this day i enjoyed each one of ur telecast that u send to me.
    as we learnt alot of things from the birds and nature,what am i right may be or may not be ha ha.may god bless u.my sincere prayers to you.
    thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity to share my feelings with you.
    Thank you for showing us the world.
    thank you.

  • Jonathan

    Angry birds live in jeopardy. Unpleasant rengeve, green pig away birds’ eggs. The use of unique the destructive power of the pig waste angry birds of strong castle. Angry birds function hours of play time, challenging physical and a lot of the value of the heavy. Castle demolished Every 165 level need logic, skills and violence against the enemy.To protect the wild animals and birds, anger!!!!!

  • nazih

    Adorable

  • Sandya

    Nice pics… They look so natural and amazing… good shots

  • mahender

    beautiful image

  • ahmed

    Thank you for this beautiful pictures

  • N.S.

    Its time we should save all these beautiful creatures around us..n do a bit more than what we really can.
    This is the food for the soul…ours and the planets’..
    lets join hands n do the best we can.. thank you for this blissful experience of being able to share the rich fauna..

  • abdul Rasheed

    all the pictures are very greate and nice and beautiful and nature .i like too much.

  • Elaine Granger

    I took a close look at these photos, and the birds are spectacular! We must do all that we can as a planet to conserve these wonderful creatures. They teach us so much about the beauty in this world. Thank you NG.

  • SUGHA BAPODARA

    so beutyful birds, ilove animals,

  • SUGHA BAPODARA

    so beutyful birds, ilove animals,

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