Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity of birdlife. The birds of the world, all 10,000 different species, are a wonder of nature. They are the result of millions of years of natural selection and evolution from the time of the dinosaurs. They managed to take to the skies to exploit the flying insects that encouraged spiders to weave the elaborate webs we see today. Being able to fly allowed the first birds to escape predation from established terrestrial predators and access much safer nesting sites. Flight gave them more food, better nests, more security and access to every possible habitat on the planet. Migration of thousands of kilometres became possible, thus allowing birds to exploit seasonal food resources in different hemispheres. We must all live in awe of wild birds and what they represent. They are symbols of freedom, diversity and beauty and have literally been here forever. Modern people have, for the last few centuries, been killing wild birds in their millions for the first time. Today, there are shocking stories from around the world of wild birds being exploited by the wild-caught bird trade or for bushmeat and as a delicacy. We have already seen many extinctions caused by man and now stand at a tipping point after which we will see hundreds of bird species disappear…
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 hundreds 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… Simply include #greatnature#wildbird when posting new photos… Join the world in celebrating our natural heritage! Please submit your best wild bird photographs by going to: http://www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25
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Shoebills are distributed in freshwater swamps and wetlands of central tropical Africa from S Sudan through parts of E Congo, N Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and W Tanzania. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
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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.
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