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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #33

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here are the best wild bird photographs submitted over the festive season as part of the Wild Bird Revolution! It took us a very long time to go through the hundreds of amazing submissions…  Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing their presence every morning and evening, filling the world...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here are the best wild bird photographs submitted over the festive season as part of the Wild Bird Revolution! It took us a very long time to go through the hundreds of amazing submissions…  Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing their presence every morning and evening, filling the world with music, life, color, magic, and the freedom of flight. This collection of photographs brings the splednour of wild birds to thousands of people around the world! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is growing in momentum! Keep up the SHARING and CARING in 2013! 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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Chow Yew Wah
Indian peafowls are resident breeders across the Indian subcontinent and are also found in the drier lowland areas of Sri Lanka. Many, many feral populations have been established around the world for obvious reasons... (Chow Yew Wah)
Clive Prior
White-backed mousebirds are found in W and central southern Africa from Namibia and S Botswana E to central Gauteng and the E Cape (South Africa), preferring scrubby dry habitats like thornveld, fynbos scrub and semi-desert. (Clive Prior)
Anantha Murthy
Tawny eagles breed in most of Africa both and are found N and S of the Sahara Desert, as well as across tropical SW Asia and India, building stick nests in trees, crags or on the ground. (Anantha Murthy)
Melissa Penta
White-breasted nuthatches breed old-growth woodlands across temperate North, foraging for insects on trunks and branches and able to move head-first down the tree. Photographed here in Vestal, New York (USA). (Melissa Penta)
Dana Allen
Southern double-collared sunbirds breed in S-most parts of South Africa and are partially migratory in the NE of their range. (Dana Allen)
Jineesh Mallishery
Oriental white-eyes are resident breeders in open woodlands in tropical Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and SE Asia all the way to Indonesia and Malaysia, foraging in small groups and targeting nectar and small insects. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Jineesh Mallishery
Short-toed snake eagles are "Old World" species spread throughout the Mediterranean, Russia, Middle East and parts of Asia (mainly on Indian Subcontinent and some Indonesian islands). (Jineesh Mallishery)
Nina Stavlund
The origin of the name "Gentoo penguin" is unclear, as historically the word "gentoo" was used in the early 1600s to distinguish Hindus in India from Muslims. (Nina Stavlund)
Mark Drysdale
Malachite kingfishers are common to reeds and aquatic vegetation near slow-moving water or ponds throughout most of Africa. Their flight pattern is rapid with short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur, usually flying low over water. (Mark Drysdale)
Ann Warner
Speckled mousebirds are very common and distributed from Cameroon to Eritrea and Ethiopia, and S through E and S Africa, residing in most habitats with trees, but avoiding the rainforests and more arid areas. (Ann Warner)
Karim Kara
Bizarre sighting in Amboseli National Park (Kenya) where terrapins have taken up the behavior of sneaking up on drinking sandgrouse and doves to try and catch and eat them. Why are they doing this? (Karim Kara)
Anantha Murthy
Indian nightjars are distributed from NW India to Pakistan, preferring the arid desert regions south of the Himalayas in the low elevations all the way E to Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam. (Anantha Murthy)
Lee Daniels
Bronzed cowbirds breed from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana through to Central America to Panama. (Lee Daniels)
Lee Daniels
Broad-billed hummingbirds breed in arid scrub of SE Arizona , SW New Mexico and N Sonora in SW USA to SW Mexico. (Lee Daniels)
Mohamed Mothi
Green bee-eaters are very widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, W Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. (Mohamed Mothi)
Greater flamingos are the most widespread species of the flamingo family, and are found in parts of Africa, S Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India), and S Europe (including Spain, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and the Camargue region of France). (Mohamed Mothi)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Greater adjudants are distributed widely across S Asia (mainly in India, but extending east to Borneo). They are now restricted to a much smaller range with only two small breeding populations in India with the largest colonies in Assam and Cambodia. This beautiful stork needs our help... (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Martin Heigan
Natal spurfowls or francolin are found in S Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Martin Heigan)
Ann Warner
Brown firefinches are found in Angola, Botswana, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The status of the species is evaluated as "Least Concern" and they continue to be trapped for the captive bird trade. (Ann Warner)
Edward Peach
Southern masked weavers are resident breeders that are common throughout S Africa, preferring a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. (Edward Peach)
Jineesh Mallishery
Common kestrels occur over a very large distributional range in Europe, Asia, and Africa, occasionally reaching the E coast of North America. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Adi Sugiharto
Common Ioras are distributed from India to SW China, and SE Asia, preferring forests and well-wooded areas, scrub, cultivated land, and gardens. (Adi Sugiharto)
Nina Stavlund
Chinstrap penguins are found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, Deception Island, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island and Balleny. (Nina Stavlund)
Gururaj Moorching
Chestnut-capped laughing thrushes are found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, preferring subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montane forests. (Gururaj Moorching)
Burkhard Schlosser
Greater striped swallow breeds in South Africa, Namibia and southern Zimbabwe, wintering further N in Angola, Tanzania and southern DRC. (Burkhard Schlosser)
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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.