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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #31

All birds great and small are a wonder of nature and an example to us all. They are the global ambassadors that ignore borders and tell us that we are one global community without borders. Go beyond borders. We need to care more about our neighbors in the hope that they will care more about...

All birds great and small are a wonder of nature and an example to us all. They are the global ambassadors that ignore borders and tell us that we are one global community without borders. Go beyond borders. We need to care more about our neighbors in the hope that they will care more about us. This collection of photographs was chosen from the largest numbers of submissions ever from the most countries around the world! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is spreading! Keep up the SHARING and CARING this festive season!

Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from the thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust for consideration every week. 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…

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Brian Culver
Martial eagle catches a meerkat unawares. A powerful moment that we were reluctant to share. The meerkat knows it is over as the talons pierce deep... (Brian Culver)
Dana Allen
Juvenile Bateleur and Tawny eagle do battle over a perch. No love lost... (Dana Allen)
Anantha Murthy
Scaly-breasted munias are estrildid finches native to tropical Asia and are distributed from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia and the Philippines. They have been introduced Puerto Rico, Australia and the USA. (Anantha Murthy)
Abdul Salam Usta
Rose-ringed parakeets are very gregarious tropical Afro-Asian parakeets that have an extremely wide range. They are considered Least Concern by IUCN and trade is regulated via CITES Appendix II. (Abdul Salam Usta)
Lee Daniels
Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds on earth with most species measuring 7.5–13 cm in length. They are all able to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second. (Lee Daniels)
The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America and appears on their Seal. (Melissa Penta)
Anthony Roberts
Crested tits are widespread and common resident breeders in coniferous forests throughout central and N Europe and in deciduous woodlands in France and the Iberian peninsula. They are restricted to the pinewoods of Inverness and Strathspey in Scotland. (Anthony Roberts)
Mark Drysdale
Bateleurs are a common resident species of the open savanna country in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Mark Drysdale)
D&H Photography
Goliath herons are found in sub-Saharan Africa, but have smaller populations in SW and S Asia. They are considered to be the world's largest heron. (D&H Photography)
Peter Pischler
Crowned pigeons are native to Papua New Guinea and the few surrounding islands, where they feed on the forest floor for fallen fruit, seeds and snails. Photographed here in Indonesia. (Peter Pischler)
Lee Daniels
Great egret and tri-colored heron do battle for a nest site that was established by the egret, but stolen by the heron... Looks like a dance off... (Lee Daniels)
Subramanniyan Mani
Indian rollers are most often seen perched on prominent bare trees or wires and descend to the ground to capture prey like insects, spiders, scorpions, small reptiles, small snakes, and frogs. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Mark Drysdale
Cape turtle doves in South Africa drinking from a water trough with one on the lookout... (Mark Drysdale)
Jineesh Mallishery
Red-Whiskered bulbuls are resident throughout tropical Asia and have been introduced in many tropical areas of the world. They perch conspicuously on trees and their calls are a loud 3 or 4 notes. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Sheathbills are the only Antarctic birds without webbed feet. They derive their English name from the horny sheath which partially covers the upper mandible of their stout bills. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Peter Pischler
Kookaburras are are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. Photographed here on Moreton Island (Australia). (Peter Pischler)
Subramanniyan Mani
Velvet-fronted nuthatches are found in S Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to S China and Indonesia, preferring to breed in open evergreen forest. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Jineesh Mallishery
Western marsh harriers are found across temperate and subtropical W Eurasia and adjacent Africa. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Chinstrap penguins are found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, Deception Island, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island and Balleny. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Pankaj Ratna
Short-toed snake-eagles enjoy aerial displays as part of their courtship routine. Photographed here in Nawabganj, Uttar Pradesh (India). (Pankaj Ratna)
Chris Kotze
Pygmy falcons occursfrom Sudan to Somalia and S to Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and N South Africa. Their flight is low and undulating with size, pattern, and habit of perching upright on an exposed branch resembling some shrikes. (Chris Kotze)
Jineesh Mallishery
Rain quails prefer the grasslands, cropped fields and scrublands in the Indus valley of central Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, also ranging across the Gangetic plains, and parts of peninsular continental India. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Vijayarajan Annamalai
Jerdon's Leafbirds are found in India and Sri Lanka. Well-known for their call, which is a rich mixture of imitations of the calls of various other bird species. (Vijayarajan Annamalai)
Rene Rossouw
Thick-billed weavers are found in found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Rene Rossouw)
Chris Martin
Swainson’s spurfowls are found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Chris Martin)
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Meet the Author

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.