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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #53

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Red munias are another widespread invasive species with Introduced populations in S Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii. (Gurum Ekalavya)
"Lovebirds" Fischer's lovebirds are restricted to a small range withoin protected areas like the Srenegeti National Park where they often form "bird parties" with blue waxbills. (Anja Denker)
“Lovebirds” Fischer’s lovebirds are restricted to a small range withoin protected areas like the Srenegeti National Park where they often form “bird parties” with blue waxbills. (Anja Denker)
"Gleening" Long-billed woodcreepers are found throughout the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. (Frank Thierfelder)
“Gleening” Long-billed woodcreepers are found throughout the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. (Frank Thierfelder)
"1,2,3.. Launch!" Adélie penguins are among the most southerly-distributed of all seabirds with a range along the Antarctic coastline. (Elliott Neep / www.oryxphotography.com)
“1,2,3.. Launch!” Adélie penguins are among the most southerly-distributed of all seabirds with a range along the Antarctic coastline. (Elliott Neep / www.oryxphotography.com)
Blue-capped rock thrushes breed in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of S India. (Aditya Padhye)
Blue-capped rock thrushes breed in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of S India. (Aditya Padhye)
"Advanced killing machine" Southern pale chanting goshawks are found throughout southern Africa and are among the most successful hunters. Photographed here with a sandgrouse. (Alison Buttigieg)
“Advanced killing machine” Southern pale chanting goshawks are found throughout southern Africa and are among the most successful hunters. Photographed here with a sandgrouse. (Alison Buttigieg)
African paradise flycatchers are seen in summer along the rivers of southern Africa where their cobweb nests can be seen low in trees. (Andy Lowe)
African paradise flycatchers are seen in summer along the rivers of southern Africa where their cobweb nests can be seen low in trees. (Andy Lowe)
Coppersmith barbets are a striking barbet with a metronomic call found throughout the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Aravind Venkatraman)
Coppersmith barbets are a striking barbet with a metronomic call found throughout the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Aravind Venkatraman)
These recently fledged tawny frogmouths are distributed throughout the Australia, Tasmania and S New Guinea. (Deborah Pearse)
These recently fledged tawny frogmouths are distributed throughout the Australia, Tasmania and S New Guinea. (Deborah Pearse)
European crested tits are resident breeders in the coniferous forests of central and N Europe, as well as the deciduous woodlands of France and the Iberian Peninsula. (Geir Jensen)
European crested tits are resident breeders in the coniferous forests of central and N Europe, as well as the deciduous woodlands of France and the Iberian Peninsula. (Geir Jensen)
Brown sicklebills are a dark-blue and green bird-of-paradise with highly iridescent plumages, a sickle-shaped bill, pale blue iris that is distributed in the mountain forests of New Guinea. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Brown sicklebills are a dark-blue and green bird-of-paradise with highly iridescent plumages, a sickle-shaped bill, pale blue iris that is distributed in the mountain forests of New Guinea. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Short-eared owls are found on all seven continents, except Antarctica and Australia, and is one of the most widely-distributed birds on earth. (Bhavya Joshi)
Short-eared owls are found on all seven continents, except Antarctica and Australia, and is one of the most widely-distributed birds on earth. (Bhavya Joshi)
"Duelling for food..." Grey herons are distributed across most of temperate Europe and Asia, as well as most of SubSaharan Africa. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
“Duelling for food…” Grey herons are distributed across most of temperate Europe and Asia, as well as most of SubSaharan Africa. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia and migrate to Peninsular India in summer. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia and migrate to Peninsular India in summer. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
African fish eagles are found throughout SubSaharan Africa and the closest living species appears to be the Critically Endangered Madagascar fish eagle and palm-nut vulture. (Jacobus de Wet)
African fish eagles are found throughout SubSaharan Africa and the closest living species appears to be the Critically Endangered Madagascar fish eagle and palm-nut vulture. (Jacobus de Wet)
Green violetears are metallic green hummingbirds with violet tufts on their cheeks that are commonly found in forested areas from Mexico to N South America. (Mauro Román)
Green violetears are metallic green hummingbirds with violet tufts on their cheeks that are commonly found in forested areas from Mexico to N South America. (Mauro Román)
Red-vented bulbuls are listed on the world's 100 worst invasive alien species, establishing populations on several Pacific islands, including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii. (Munzir Khalid Khan)
Red-vented bulbuls are listed on the world’s 100 worst invasive alien species, establishing populations on several Pacific islands, including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii. (Munzir Khalid Khan)
Spotted owlets are resident breeders throughout much of tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, where they now prefer open habitats like farmland, smallholdings and cities. (R. Vijay Mohan)
Spotted owlets are resident breeders throughout much of tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, where they now prefer open habitats like farmland, smallholdings and cities. (R. Vijay Mohan)
Baglafecht weavers occur in the following countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Raj Dhage Wai)
Baglafecht weavers occur in the following countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Raj Dhage Wai)
Sykes's lark are found in the dry open country of peninsular India, where they are made prominent by their crest and rufous coloration. (Santosh Mulik)
Sykes’s lark are found in the dry open country of peninsular India, where they are made prominent by their crest and rufous coloration. (Santosh Mulik)
Ground hornbills are distributed from N Namibia and Angola to N South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. (Raj Dhage Wai)
Ground hornbills are distributed from N Namibia and Angola to N South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. (Raj Dhage Wai)
Scaly-breasted munias are abundant resident breeders throughout most of Asia and occurs from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. They re popular in captivity and have formed feral population in many cities. (Srikanth VK)
Scaly-breasted munias are abundant resident breeders throughout most of Asia and occurs from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. They re popular in captivity and have formed feral population in many cities. (Srikanth VK)
Purple swamphens are also known as "Pūkeko", African purple swamphen, purple moorhen, purple gallinule, purple Coot or Sultana Bird. the names come from their wide distribution in Eutope, Africa and Australasia. (Sonal Patil)
Purple swamphens are also known as “Pūkeko”, African purple swamphen, purple moorhen, purple gallinule, purple Coot or Sultana Bird. the names come from their wide distribution in Eutope, Africa and Australasia. (Sonal Patil)
The little-known short-tailed pygmy tyrant are widespread throughout most of the Amazon Basin as far as the eastern foothills of the Andes. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
The little-known short-tailed pygmy tyrant are widespread throughout most of the Amazon Basin as far as the eastern foothills of the Andes. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Nilgiri flycatchers are a sought-after sighting in the higher altitude shola forests of the W Ghats and Nilgiris. (Saravanan Sundaram)
Nilgiri flycatchers are a sought-after sighting in the higher altitude shola forests of the W Ghats and Nilgiris. (Saravanan Sundaram)

 

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See last week “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #52″: 
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.
  • Vishwas C.G.M

    Many many Congratulations Gurum Ekalavya once again..

  • Annatjie Botha

    Thanks!! These photos are just SO beautiful!

  • Annatjie Botha

    Thanks!! These photos are just SO beautiful!

  • Yvonne Pietersen

    Absolutely stunning, all of them, Congrats to all

  • Arghadeep Chakraborty

    jast awsom

  • Arghadeep Chakraborty

    jast awsom

  • naqeeb Hussain

    Techinically and Asthetically wel ballanced and good dtails images.

  • naqeeb Hussain

    Techinically and Asthetically wel ballanced and good dtails images.

  • muralidhar

    wow, excellent.

  • muralidhar

    wow, excellent.

  • Sheraz Mushtaq

    Excellent shots Awais Ali

  • Sheraz Mushtaq

    Excellent shots Awais Ali

  • Jacqueline de Klerk

    Magnificent and interesting photos

  • Jacqueline de Klerk

    Magnificent and interesting photos

  • Alma Leal Benavides

    The birds that Christopher Columbus saw on the 11 of october 1492 near the Island of Guanahaní should be shown to all of us if they do exist to this day. Oropéndola. Herreruelo and other…

  • El Gabilon

    Excellent photos.

  • Sofonias

    Birds of a feather flock together. Great photos..!

  • Sofonias

    Birds of a feather flock together. Great photos..!

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