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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #34

Birds living successfully in the wild are a perfect representation of the freedom, balance and spontaneous creativity of our natural world. Flight is the obvious adaptation when given hundreds of millions of years to evolve and change. It seems the longer a lineage lives successfully on earth, the more likely it is to take to...

Birds living successfully in the wild are a perfect representation of the freedom, balance and spontaneous creativity of our natural world. Flight is the obvious adaptation when given hundreds of millions of years to evolve and change. It seems the longer a lineage lives successfully on earth, the more likely it is to take to the skies. Insects and birds have been around for a very long time. Given the choice, we have chosen to fly around the world in 80 days, land on the moon, and then fly the human body beyond the sound barrier.  Their innumerable colors, shapes and sizes demonstrate the innate diversity of the wilderness. Wild birds can circumnavigate the globe, dive the deep in the ocean, fly faster than 300km per hour, and see farther than any other animal. We must respect our fellow aviators and do everything we can to ensure that all bird species are accommodated during the approaching period of global development and change…

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Malachite kingfishers are one of the most widespread river kingfishers in Africa S of the Sahara, perching low to the water on most African waterways. (Robbie Aspeling)
Anja Denker
African scops owls are endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and rarely seen on the beach away from trees. Photographed here along the Namibian coastline. (Anja Denker)
Mohamed Mothi
Black-and-Orange flycatchers are endemic to the central and S Western Ghats, as well as the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in S India. (Mohamed Mothi)
Pax Bell
Black-shoulder kites are found in open habitat throughout Australia and resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America. (Pax Bell)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Orange-breasted sunbirds are endemic to the fynbos habitat of the Western Cape Province (South Africa), occurring in parks, reserves and private gardens. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Anish Biswas
Swinhoe's snipes breed mainly in central and S Siberia and Mongolia. Local populations migrate during the non-breeding season to E and S India, Sri Lanka, SE China, SE Asia and New Guinea. (Anish Biswas)
Antero Topp
Southern lapwings are widespread and abundant residents across South America, avoiding densely forested regions (e.g. Amazon Basin), higher parts of the Andes and the arid coast of a large part of W South America. Photographed here in Ushuaia (Argentina). (Antero Topp)
Forrest Rowland /
Golden-collared toucanets are arboreal fruit-eaters found in the W Amazon rainforest in South America. (Forrest Rowland /
Subramanniyan Mani
Velvet-fronted nuthatches are found in S Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east all the way to S China and Indonesia. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Dhritiman Hore
White wagtails breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of N Africa. They are resident in the mildest parts of their distributional range and migrate to parts of Africa. (Dhritiman Hore)
Anish Biswas
Blue-throated barbets are distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. They are commonly seen in urban gardens. (Anish Biswas)
Chris Krog
Blue waxbills are found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They have a range of over 3,600,000 km² with several subspecies identified. (Chris Krog)
Robbie Aspeling
Giant kingfishers are resident breeders over most of the continent S of the Sahara Desert. They have mastered the oceans, estuaries, rivers and lakes of Africa. (Robbie Aspeling)
Subramanya Madhyastha
Indian silverbills are resident breeders in the drier regions of the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. (Subramanya Madhyastha)
Anish Biswas
Greater flamebacks are dominant cavity excavators that are widely distributed in tropical Asia across the Indian subcontinent E all the way to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Anish Biswas)
Nina Stavlund
South polar skuas breed on the Antarctic coastline in November and December. Similar to their N cousins, they fly straight at the head of a human or other intruder approaching their nest. They migrate N and spend their winters at sea in the Pacific, Indian and S Atlantic Oceans. (Nina Stavlund)
Ernie Wastoo
Hummingbirds are known for the humming sound created by their beating wings. They conserve energy by stopping and sleeping. When food is scarce they are able to go into hibernation or torpor, slowing their metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate. (Ernie Wastoo)
Gururaj Moorching
Rufous-chinned laughing thrushes range across the Himalayas in the N parts of the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of SE Asia. (Gururaj Moorching)
Chris Krog
Red-crested korhaan are found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Chris Krog)
Mohamed Mothi
Greater flamingos are most widespread species of flamingo found in Africa, S Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India), and S Europe in Spain, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and France). (Mohamed Mothi)
Anantha Murthy
Purple-rumped sunbirds are common resident breeders in S India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. preferring a variety of habitats with trees, scrub and cultivated lands. (Anantha Murthy)
Anja Denker
Lilac-breasted rollers are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and S Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savannas where they can hawk for flying insects. They are often seen perched on telephone and power lines. (Anja Denker)
Gururaj Moorching
Red-billed leothrix are members of the Old World babbler family and only found the Indian Subcontinent. common cagebird known as the "Pekin Robin" or "Pekin Nightingale". (Gururaj Moorching)
Sathish Poojari
Grey-headed Canary-flycatchers breed upland to montane oak and broad-leaved forests and similar wooded habitat in temperate to tropical S Asia from Pakistan, central India, and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and S China. (Sathish Poojari)
Jineesh Mallishery
Indian robins are widespread on the Indian Subcontinent and distributed across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. (Jineesh Mallishery)
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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.