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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #39

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Birds swim better than fish, run faster than humans, and can see hundreds of times better than a hunting dog. Oh yes, they can also FLY! Birds have had millions of years to evolve the color and diversity we see in the thousands of species that have inhabited the farthest, most inaccessible corners of the earth. This is without a doubt, and I am not just saying this, the best selection of wild bird photographs ever submitted for the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. Our network of wild bird enthusiasts is growing everyday with almost 20,000 followers on Facebook and photographers from around the world! Birds can fly and many migrate across the planet. Seeing them, in these photographs, throughout their distributional ranges makes the world seem like a much smaller place. Birds knew that the world was round and that we only have one planet many millions of years before we discovered these truths. We need to do everything we can to protect the intact forests, wetlands and protected areas that wild birds around the world depend on…  

 

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Red-necked tanagers are found in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where they prefer subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily-degraded former forest. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Malachite kingfishers are a common sight on the waterways of Africa S of the Sahara and are often seen flying low to the water and waiting patiently for frogs, fish and other prey... (Louis Groenewald)
Malachite kingfishers are a common sight on the waterways of Africa S of the Sahara and are often seen flying low to the water and waiting patiently for frogs, fish and other prey… (Louis Groenewald)
Cape spurfowl are very hardy francolins able to endure high winds and cold, rainy weather. Their tawny color blends in well with their scrubby surroundings... (Peter Chadwick)
Cape spurfowl are very hardy francolins able to endure high winds and cold, rainy weather. Their tawny color blends in well with their scrubby surroundings… (Peter Chadwick)
The "Lammergeier" or bearded vulture breed on crags and cliffs in the high mountains in S Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Tibet. The are threatened throughout their range... (Guido Muratore)
The “Lammergeier” or bearded vulture breed on crags and cliffs in the high mountains in S Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Tibet. The are threatened throughout their range… (Guido Muratore)
Saw-billed hermits are endemic to SE Brazil and are the only member of the genus Ramphodon. These aggressive little hummingbirds defend their feeding sites aggressively from conspecifics. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Saw-billed hermits are endemic to SE Brazil and are the only member of the genus Ramphodon. These aggressive little hummingbirds defend their feeding sites aggressively from conspecifics. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Malabar trogons are found in the forests of Sri Lanka and peninsular India (mainly the W Ghats, hill forests of central India and parts of E Ghats). They are not migratory, but do make seasonal movements to hill regions (Shishir Saksena)
Malabar trogons are found in the forests of Sri Lanka and peninsular India (mainly the W Ghats, hill forests of central India and parts of E Ghats). They are not migratory, but do make seasonal movements to hill regions (Shishir Saksena)
American bitterns winter in S United States and central America, and summer throughout Canada and the United States. As a long-distance migrant, they are very rare vagrants in Great Britain and Ireland. Photographed here in Ottawa (Canada). (Nina Stavlund)
American bitterns winter in S United States and central America, and summer throughout Canada and the United States. As a long-distance migrant, they are very rare vagrants in Great Britain and Ireland. Photographed here in Ottawa (Canada). (Nina Stavlund)
Antarctic terns range throughout the S oceans and are very similar in appearance to the closely-related Arctic tern. This tern is stockier, and the wing tips are grey instead of blackish in flight. (Nina Stavlund)
Antarctic terns range throughout the S oceans and are very similar in appearance to the closely-related Arctic tern. This tern is stockier, and the wing tips are grey instead of blackish in flight. (Nina Stavlund)
Burchell's coucals are found in sub-Saharan Africa, preferring areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub in close proximity to water. (Edward Peach)
Burchell’s coucals are found in sub-Saharan Africa, preferring areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub in close proximity to water. (Edward Peach)
There has been an 84% decrease in the global population of Cape gannets over the last fifty years. Thousands can still be seen following the "sardine run". (Andre Marais)
There has been an 84% decrease in the global population of Cape gannets over the last fifty years. Thousands can still be seen following the “sardine run”. (Andre Marais)
Eared grebes migrate in winter to the Pacific Coast where they range S to El Salvador. Vagrants may occur as far S as Costa Rica. (Alberta Canada Brent Van Hooft)
Eared grebes migrate in winter to the Pacific Coast where they range S to El Salvador. Vagrants may occur as far S as Costa Rica. (Alberta Canada Brent Van Hooft)
Emerald doves are a widespread resident breeder in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and E through Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to N and E Australia. (Shishir Saksena)
Emerald doves are a widespread resident breeder in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and E through Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to N and E Australia. (Shishir Saksena)
African fish eagles are the national bird of Zimbabwe, Zambia and S Sudan, standing sentinel over the waterways of Africa. Water is life... (Jan Hattingh)
African fish eagles are the national bird of Zimbabwe, Zambia and S Sudan, standing sentinel over the waterways of Africa. Water is life… (Jan Hattingh)
Knob-billed or comb ducks are found in tropical wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and south Asia from Pakistan to Laos and extreme S China. Photographed here in South Africa. (Chris Krog)
Knob-billed or comb ducks are found in tropical wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and south Asia from Pakistan to Laos and extreme S China. Photographed here in South Africa. (Chris Krog)
Orange-headed thrushes are common residents in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. They are shy, secretive bird usually occurring alone or in pairs. (Shishir Saksena)
Orange-headed thrushes are common residents in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. They are shy, secretive bird usually occurring alone or in pairs. (Shishir Saksena)
White-throated swallows are a common sighting in southern Africa and have benefited hugely from the increased nesting opportunities presented by the construction of bridges and dams. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
White-throated swallows are a common sighting in southern Africa and have benefited hugely from the increased nesting opportunities presented by the construction of bridges and dams. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Southern ground hornbills are the largest species of hornbill on earth and are now only really found in protected areas. Photographed here in Tarangire National Park (Tanzania). (Antero Topp)
Southern ground hornbills are the largest species of hornbill on earth and are now only really found in protected areas. Photographed here in Tarangire National Park (Tanzania). (Antero Topp)
Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and W Myanmar. They are common in urban gardens and farmland in many parts of India. (Vinayak Yardi)
Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and W Myanmar. They are common in urban gardens and farmland in many parts of India. (Vinayak Yardi)
Waved albatrosses forage by following a straight path to a single site off the coast of Peru, about 1,000 km (620 mi) distant to the E. During the non-breeding season they stay near the Ecuador and Peru coasts. (Alison Buttigieg)
Waved albatrosses forage by following a straight path to a single site off the coast of Peru, about 1,000 km (620 mi) distant to the E. During the non-breeding season they stay near the Ecuador and Peru coasts. (Alison Buttigieg)
Blue-bellied rollers breed across Africa in a narrow belt from Senegal to NE Democratic Republic of the Congo, residing in mature moist savannah dominated by Isoberlinia trees. (Martin Heigan)
Blue-bellied rollers breed across Africa in a narrow belt from Senegal to NE Democratic Republic of the Congo, residing in mature moist savannah dominated by Isoberlinia trees. (Martin Heigan)
Chestnut-capped laughingthrushes are found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand and prefer subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. (Gururaj Moorching)
Chestnut-capped laughingthrushes are found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand and prefer subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. (Gururaj Moorching)
Greater double-collared sunbirds are common residents in gardens in South Africa, pollinating flowers throughout the year in ornamental gardens. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Greater double-collared sunbirds are common residents in gardens in South Africa, pollinating flowers throughout the year in ornamental gardens. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Red-billed oxpecker and Cape buffalo contemplate their partnership. Photographed in Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya). (Peter Chadwick)
Red-billed oxpecker and Cape buffalo contemplate their partnership. Photographed in Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya). (Peter Chadwick)
Little-known Silver-eared mesias are Old World babbler from SE Asia that feed on insects and their larvae. (Gururaj Moorching)
Little-known Silver-eared mesias are Old World babbler from SE Asia that feed on insects and their larvae. (Gururaj Moorching)
Great spotted woodpeckers are distributed throughout Europe and N Asia, and are usually resident year-round except in the colder parts of its range. They are not considered a threatened species by the IUCN, being widely distributed and quite common. (Lennart Hessel)
Great spotted woodpeckers are distributed throughout Europe and N Asia, and are usually resident year-round except in the colder parts of its range. They are not considered a threatened species by the IUCN, being widely distributed and quite common. (Lennart Hessel)

 

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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.
  • Yvonne Pietersen

    Outstanding selection, well done to all the winners.

  • Yvonne Pietersen

    Outstanding selection, well done to all the winners.

  • BABAK OVEISI

    THIS BIRD PHOTOS ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL SPECIALLY THE EAGLES.

  • BABAK OVEISI

    THIS BIRD PHOTOS ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL SPECIALLY THE EAGLES.

  • Raj Sarkar

    Lovely birds… wow

  • Raj Sarkar

    Lovely birds… wow

  • Samir Desani

    Really solid 25 shots.

  • Samir Desani

    Really solid 25 shots.

  • Hukam Singh Chauhan

    I like this page so much and I also want to do somthing for wild bird trust.The photographs of the birds are very fine.

  • Hukam Singh Chauhan

    I like this page so much and I also want to do somthing for wild bird trust.The photographs of the birds are very fine.

  • Hasini Gunawardana

    Its really nice. Thank u so much for updating these lovely photes,,,,

  • Hasini Gunawardana

    Its really nice. Thank u so much for updating these lovely photes,,,,

  • Aditya Shah

    Wonderful photos. How can I submit my photos, its not very clear from this page?

  • Aditya Shah

    Wonderful photos. How can I submit my photos, its not very clear from this page?

  • ponraj

    every one is nice … i love all those thinks,..

  • ponraj

    every one is nice … i love all those thinks,..

  • verna brink

    I volunteer at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – Calgary Canada.
    love it and have learned lots.

  • verna brink

    I volunteer at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – Calgary Canada.
    love it and have learned lots.

  • Yossi

    the Knob-billed or comb ducks picture was altered – enlarge and look carefully..

  • Yossi

    the Knob-billed or comb ducks picture was altered – enlarge and look carefully..

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