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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #42

Part 2… A breath-taking collection of wild bird photographs that will make you dream and fill you with wonder. How can we imagine a world without the freedom and color of birds in the wild? The most diverse, most beautiful places on earth to see wild birds are all threatened by mining, agriculture and the...

Part 2… A breath-taking collection of wild bird photographs that will make you dream and fill you with wonder. How can we imagine a world without the freedom and color of birds in the wild? The most diverse, most beautiful places on earth to see wild birds are all threatened by mining, agriculture and the gradual, unrelenting pressure of population increase and development. Birds are ancient echoes of a world that measured change in millions of years and evolution and natural selection were lived in real-time. We have accelerated change on this planet and taken control of most ecosystems, making them inhospitable to the diversity of life that can only exist in a delicate ecological balance. At the moment we are doomed to live in a world of doves, pigeons, sparrows, starlings, and crows… 

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…




(Edward Peach)
African paradise flycatchers are common resident breeder in Africa S of the Sahara Desert, preferring open forest and savanna habitat. The males grow beautiful long tales and remains close to the female, who will lay 2/3 eggs in a tiny cup nest made of cobwebs in the low branches of a tree. (Edward Peach)
(Israel Momin)
Oriental magpie-robins occur across most of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of SE Asia.They have become a common birds in urban gardens as well as forests like the Garo Hills in Meghalaya (NE India). (Israel Momin)
(Melissa Penta)
Northern cardinals are found in S Canada, through the E United States from Maine to Texas and S through Mexico. They prefer woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps. Photographed here in Vestal (New York, USA). (Melissa Penta)
(Antero Topp)
King eiders are large sea duck that breed along the N Hemisphere Arctic coasts of NE Europe, N America and Asia. They prefer coastal marine ecosystems at high latitudes, and migrate to Arctic tundra to breed in June and July. Photographed here in Båtsfjord (Norway). (Antero Topp)
(Nina Stavlund)
Fiery-throated hummingbirds are the only hummingbird species that regularly nests E of the Mississippi River in N America. Photographed here in Costa Rica. (Nina Stavlund)
(Gururaj Moorching)
Long-tailed broadbills are found in the Himalayas, SE Asia and Indonesia. They are very sociable and usually travels in large, noisy “parties” outside of the breeding season. (Gururaj Moorching)
(Gururaj Moorching)
Kashmiri flycatchers breed in the NW Himalayas in the Kashmir region of the Indian Subcontinent. They winter in the hills of central Sri Lanka and the W Ghats of India. (Gururaj Moorching)
(Nina Stavlund)
Magnificent hummingbirds breed in mountains from SW United States to W Panama. Photographed here in Costa Rica. (Nina Stavlund)
(Antero Topp)
Juvenile african fish eagles hang out on low the banks of recently exposed floodplains until they are strong enough to compete for prime perches along the water. Photographed here in the Okavango Delta. (Antero Topp)
(Wild Pantanal Eco Tours)
Hyacinth macaws are native to central and E South America. They are the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species. Photographed here in the Pantanal (Brazil). (Wild Pantanal Eco Tours)
(Rakesh Dhareshwar)
Feeding flamingos are swarmed by a multitude of shorebirds in the Mumbai mangroves near Mumbai (India). (Rakesh Dhareshwar)
(Diego Caballero Sadi)
Little-known chestnut-backed tanagers are found in Atlantic Forest in SE Brazil, NE Argentina, E Paraguay, and Uruguay. (Diego Caballero Sadi)
(Anup Shah)
Changeable hawk-eagles breed in the Indian Subcontinent and are primarily located in India and Sri Lanka, and from the SE rim of the Himalaya across SE Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Anup Shah)
(Chris Krog)
Cattle egrets were originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. They have, however, undergone a rapid expansion in their distribution and successfully colonized much of the rest of the world. (Chris Krog)
(Gururaj Moorching)
Brahminy kites are found in the Indian subcontinent, SE Asia and Australia where they are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other small prey. (Gururaj Moorching)
(Dan Pancamo)
Black skimmers breed in N and S America with the N populations wintering in the Caribbean and the tropical/subtropical Pacific coasts, while the S American races make only shorter movements in response to annual floods which extend their feeding areas in the river shallows. (Dan Pancamo)
(Debasish Chakraborty)
Asian openbills are found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. Photographed here in W Bengal (India). (Debasish Chakraborty)
(Louis Groenewald)
Jackal buzzards pair for life and have noisy aerial displays throughout the year. The large (up to 1m wide) stick nest is built in a tall tree or on a crag, and is often reused and enlarged in subsequent breeding seasons. (Louis Groenewald)
(Dan Pancamo)
White-eyed vireos breed in SE USA from New Jersey W to N Missouri and S to Texas and Florida, as well as E Mexico, N Central America, Cuba and the Bahamas. Photographed here in Laffite’s Cove (Galveston, Texas, USA). (Dan Pancamo)
(Shishir Saksena)
Tickell’s blue flycatchers breeds in tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent E to SE Asia from India to Indonesia. (Shishir Saksena)
(Justin Peter)
Swallow-tailed gulls are the only fully nocturnal gull and seabird in the world, feeding on squid and small fish which rise to the surface at night to feed on plankton. Photographed nesting in the Galapagos Islands. (Justin Peter)
(Eddy Swan)
Stork-billed kingfishers are resident breeders in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. They are uncommon and are sparsely distributed over a wide range. (Eddy Swan)
(Mark Drysdale)
Spotted eagle-owls are able to fly at around seven weeks of age, but only leave the nest 5 weeks later. They have a life span of up to 10 years in the wild and up to 20 in captivity. (Mark Drysdale)
(Shishir Saksena)
Purple-rumped sunbirds are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent, and are common resident breeders in S India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. (Shishir Saksena)
(Sathish Poojari)
Plum-headed parakeets prefer forest and open woodland habitat, and are found from the foothills of the Himalayas S to Sri Lanka. They are not found in the dry regions of W India. (Sathish Poojari)


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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.