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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #35

Birds make us notice the little details and take the time to really appreciate nature. They have been doing it for millions of years and we have a lot to learn from them. There are many small treasures in the collection of wild bird photographs submitted by passionate photographers around the world. I cannot imagine...

Birds make us notice the little details and take the time to really appreciate nature. They have been doing it for millions of years and we have a lot to learn from them. There are many small treasures in the collection of wild bird photographs submitted by passionate photographers around the world. I cannot imagine a world without the color and song of birds in the wild. Yet birds and their habitat are threatened all over the world. We need to prioritize the protection of the remaining wild places that we have left on earth, as these are the sanctuaries of the beauty and freedom of the wild… 

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 /
Red-bearded bee-eaters found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of SE Asia, preferring openings in patches of dense forest. (Adam Riley /
Arnoud van Foreest
Eurasian robins are widespread and found across Europe to W Siberia and then S to N Africa. (Arnoud van Foreest)
Arnoud van Foreest
Green-crowned brilliants are large, robust hummingbirds resident in the highlands from Costa Rica all the way to W Ecuador. (Arnoud van Foreest)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Spotted eagle-owls are protected from capture for the wild-caught bird trade in most S and E African countries. They are, however, common exhibits in zoos and bird parks due to being injured by cars and human beings. Photographed here near Arusha (Tanzania). (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Martin Heigan
Thick-billed or Grosbeak weaver chicks begging for food in an Acacia tree. "They are old enough to be out of the nest, but young enough to getaway with being fed every now and then". (Martin Heigan)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Yellow-billed storks are protected as part of the "Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)" and will be vulnerable to changes occurring in the N of the their range. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Antero Topp
Gentoo penguins are easily recognized by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of their heads and their bright orange-red bills. Photographed here on South Shetland Islands (Antartic). (Antero Topp)
Anja Denker
Greater flamingos 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). Photographed here in Walvis Bay (Namibia). (Anja Denker)
Mohamed Mothi
Grey-headed canary-flycatchers are insectivores that in their acrobatic, inquisitive hunting for prey remind the onlooker of their closest relatives in the Paridae. (Mohamed Mothi)
Gururaj Moorching
Purple-rumped sunbirds are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent where they feed mainly on nectar, but sometimes take insects when given the opportunity or feeding nestlings. (Gururaj Moorching)
Sudheer Pandey
Tickell's blue flycatchers breed in tropical Asia from Indian Subcontinent to Southeast Asia, stretching across all the countries from India to Indonesia. (Sudheer Pandey)
Jayaprakash Bojan
Spotted owlets breed in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia. The species is absent from Sri Lanka, although the birds are found across the Palk Straits, just 30 kilometres away at Rameshwaram. (Jayaprakash Bojan)
Rodnick Clifton Biljon
Lilac-breasted rollers are the national bird of Botswana and are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and S Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Sathish Poojari
Plum-headed parakeet are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent and are found in flocks with males distinguished by their pinkish-purple heads (photographed) and the females, a grey head. (Sathish Poojari)
Stephen Rennie
Barn owls are one of the most widespread of all birds and go by many names, including: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl, Stone Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Hissing Owl, Hobgoblin or Hobby Owl, Dobby Owl, White-breasted Owl, Golden Owl, Scritch Owl, Screech Owl, Straw Owl, Barnyard Owl and Delicate Owl. Photographed here in France. (Stephen Rennie)
Rodnick Clifton Biljon
Carmine bee-eaters are distributed across sub-equatorial Africa from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and Namibia to Gabon, E Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya. Photographed here in Kruger National Park. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Brian Culver
Orange river white-eyes prefer densely to lightly-wooded habitats in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. (Brian Culver)
Özgökay Ibrahim
Eagles are ranked as apex predators at the top of the food chain due to their size and power. (Özgökay Ibrahim)
Rodnick Clifton Biljon
Cape Parrots are Endangered by habitat loss, disease and continued conflict with people. They are endemic to South Africa and there are less than 1,000 remaining on earth. They mate for life and show strong mutual affection throughout their lives. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)


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Sathish Poojari
Orange-headed thrushes are common in well-wooded areas throughout the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia with most populations remaining resident. (Sathish Poojari)
Mark Drysdale
Malachite kingfishers are widely-distributed in Africa S of the Sahara. They are recognizable by their flight pattern of rapid beats by short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur. (Mark Drysdale)
Markus Lilje /
Black-eared Shrike-babblers are found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. (Markus Lilje /
Burkhard Schlosser
Red-collared widowbirds are found in grasslands and forest clearings in E and S Africa. They are polygynous, where males acquisition of territory is an important determinant in their access to mates. (Burkhard Schlosser)
Santhosh Gujar /
Bonelli's eagles breed in S Europe, Africa N and S of the Sahara Desert and across the Indian Subcontinent all the way to Indonesia. The African race prefers savannah, forest edges, cultivation, and scrub. (Santhosh Gujar /
Sekar Ps
Red-naped ibises are found nesting in trees from March to October in N India. (Sekar Ps)
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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.