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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #15

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...

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 20,000 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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Trevor Hardaker
Red Junglefowls (here photographed in Thailand) are thought to be ancestral to domestic chickens and were first domesticated a few thousand years ago in Asia. They have become an important source of protein for growing human populations. (Trevor Hardaker)
Adam Riley /
Cuban tody photographed in Cuevas de los Portales (Cuba). They are year-round residents of Cuba and islands just off their coast. (Adam Riley /
Liz Hart
Vulturine guineafowl have no close relatives and have a prehistoric quality about their manner and behavior that is quite unique. (Liz Hart)
Trevor Hardaker
Golden-fronted leafbirds are common resident breeders in India, Sri Lanka, and parts of SE Asia. This individual photographed in Thailand. (Trevor Hardaker)
Anja Denker
Gull at sunset along the Namibian coastline. The wonderful and powerful experience that is nature... (Anja Denker)
Suranjan Mukherjee
Cordon bleus are ia common species of estrildid finch with a wide distribution across the African continent. (Suranjan Mukherjee)
John Tinkler /
Southern double-collared sunbird is endemic to south-western South Africa, remaining resident throughout the year in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. (John Tinkler /
©Art Wolfe /
Great horned owls are the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. (©Art Wolfe /
Adam Riley /
Purplish-mantled tanager photographed in Montezuma (Colombia). They are threatened by habitat loss, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest. (Adam Riley /
Liz Hart
African Openbills can aggregate into flocks of over 1,000 storks circling in the thermals above potential feeding grounds. (Liz Hart)
Toco toucan photographed in Santa Teresa, Pantanal (Brazil). They are the largest and best known species in the toucan family, preferring semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America. (Adam Riley /
Trevor Hardaker /
Flavescent bulbul photographed in Thailand. They are found in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. (Trevor Hardaker /
Jacque Stone
Pied kingfishers are prolific throughout their range and are considered one of the most successful kingfishers on earth. (Jacque Stone)
Karel Mauer
Collared pratincole chick in the sunlight... Photographed in Spain. (Karel Mauer)
Neal Cooper
Juvenile green-backed heron perched on a reed... (Neal Cooper)
Liz Hart
Heron in the bush. (Liz Hart)
Adam Riley /
Golden tanagers are widespread and common in highland forests of the Andes (from Bolivia and northwards) and Venezuelan coastal range in north-western South America. (Adam Riley /
Nobby Clarke
Brown-hooded kingfishers are energetic hunters of the forest canopy in Africa south of the Equator. (Nobby Clarke)
Mr Supat P
Chestnut-headed bee-eater photographed in Khoayai National Park (Thailand). They are resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, as well as adjoining regions all the way E to SE Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. (Mr Supat P)
Nina Stavlund
Pacific screech owls are found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. They prey mostly on large insects (e.g. moths, beetles, scorpions, etc.). (Nina Stavlund)
Andre Marais
The giant kingfisher is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeder over most of the continent south of the Sahara. (Andre Marais)
Mr Supat P
Little spider-hunter photographed in Khao Kitchakut National Park (Thailand). They are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Mr Supat P)
John Tinkler /
The bar-throated apalis is a neat little leaf gleaner that inhabits forest and scrub in S and E Africa. (John Tinkler /
Neal Cooper
Peregrine falcons can be found almost everywhere on earth. A perfectly adapted aerial predator. (Neal Cooper)
©Art Wolfe /
Snowy owl photographed in Alaska. They nest in the Arctic tundra of the northermost stretches of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. (©Art Wolfe /


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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.



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Steve Boyes
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.