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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #32

When you sit back in your chair at the computer and imagine a relaxing tranquil place you could go to get away from the stresses of modern life, you invariable hear bird song along with the running water, rustling grass, and wind in the leaves… Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing every...

When you sit back in your chair at the computer and imagine a relaxing tranquil place you could go to get away from the stresses of modern life, you invariable hear bird song along with the running water, rustling grass, and wind in the leaves… Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing every morning and evening, filling the world with music, life, color, magic, and the freedom of flight. This collection of photographs was chosen from hundreds of submissions from numerous countries around the world! The “Free Birds Revolution” is growing in momentum! Keep up the SHARING and CARING this festive season! Bringing FREE BIRDS to the world…

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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Adam Riley /
Violet-bellied hummingbirds are found in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru, preferring subtropical or tropical dry forests and moist lowland forests. They are occasionally be seen in Costa Rica. (Adam Riley /
Sherry McKelvie
Yellow-billed storks are irregularly migratory, partially migratory or simply have nomadic movements within Africa, and are protected under the "Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds". (Sherry McKelvie)
Srikanth K Iyengar
Rosy starlings are found in E Europe and across temperate S Asia, and is strongly migratory wintering in India and tropical Asia. (Srikanth K Iyengar)
Adam Riley /
King penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the N reaches of Antarctica, S Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. Their total population is estimated at over 2.2 million pairs and is increasing... Photographed here in St Andrews Bay, S Georgia. (Adam Riley /
Peter Pischler
Southern yellow-billed hornbills are characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque and feed mainly on the ground, foraging for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. (Peter Pischler)
Dhritiman Hore
Grey-headed canary-flycatchers breed in upland montane oak and other broad-leaved forests in temperate to tropical S Asia, from Pakistan, central India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and S China. (Dhritiman Hore)
Geir Jensen
Dunlins breed in N Europe and Asia are long-distance migrants, wintering S to Africa, SE Asia, and the Middle East. Birds that breed in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic migrate short distances to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America. Photographed her in Norway. (Geir Jensen)
John Murray
Sociable weavers are found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, where they build massive compound community nests - a rarity among birds. Their nests are among the largest on earth and perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird. (John Murray)
Gaurav Mittal
Sandhill cranes have one of the longest fossil histories of any bird still found today with a 10-million-year-old crane fossil from Nebraska often cited as being of this species...? Photographed here in the Bosque Del Aapache (New Mexico, USA). (Gaurav Mittal)
Lee Daniels
Fan-tailed widowbirds are found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Lee Daniels)
Melissa Penta
Red-tailed hawk and grackle have a tussle in the Sapsucker Woods (New York, USA). (Melissa Penta)
Southern cassowaries are the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. They are found in the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and NE Australia. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Shreshth Handel
Red munias breed on the Indian Subcontinent during the monsoon season. They are found in open fields and grasslands in tropical Asia and are popular cage birds due to their colourful plumage. (Shreshth Handel)
Peter Pischler
Pied kingfishers are widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Their black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish and other prey is distinctive... (Peter Pischler)
Pax Bell
Wild African penguins that breed within the borders of Boulder’s colony in Simon’s Town. (Pax Bell)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Binocular vision... Osprey tolerate a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. They are found on all continents (except Antarctica).(Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
King penguins have been recorded to repeatedly dive to over 100 metres (330 ft) on foraging forays, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300 metres (980 ft)!!! Here a muddy King penguin emerges from the water. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Anja Denker
Rosy-faced lovebirds inhabit the dry, open country of SW Africa, ranging from SW Angola across most of Namibia and on to the lower Orange River valley in NW South Africa. (Anja Denker)
Vinutha Nagavar
Indian robins are widespread in the Indian Subcontinent, distributed within parts of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Photographed here in Mysore (India). (Vinutha Nagavar)
Adam Riley /
Rüppell's vultures are named for Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer, collector, and zoologist. They are considered to be the highest-flying bird with a confirmed flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level. Photographed here in Ndutu (Tanzania). (Adam Riley /
Anantha Murthy
Grey Junglefowl are the wild relatives of domestic fowl that is endemic to India. Photographed here in Nagarhole Forest in Karnataka (India). (Anantha Murthy)
Anja Denker
Greater kestrel are fairly common and widespread in the southern part of its range but is scarce and patchily-distributed further north. They breeds in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, N Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, N Somalia, and N Kenya. Photographed here in Etosha National Park (Namibia). (Anja Denker)
Girish Ketkar
The abundance of life on a remote beach in India... Gulls are resourceful, inquisitive and intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. For example, many gull colonies display mobbing behaviour, attacking and harassing would-be predators and other intruders. (Girish Ketkar)
Jineesh Mallishery
Egyptian vultures are found from SW Europe and N Africa to India. There were isolated sightings in S Africa up until 10 years ago. (Jineesh Mallishery)
John Murray
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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.