Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #66

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Long-wattled umbrellabird, strawberry finch, Von der Decken’s hornbill, Blackburnian warbler, Tickell’s blue flycatchers,  and stork-billed kingfisher in this edition! We can give them silly names. We can give then our names? We can, however, never claim these prehistoric species for our own. They have endured the test of time and witnessed the blossoming of this blue-green-white planet over several cycles. We are the first of a kind. A species that is able to change the climate and alter landscapes, even seascapes. Our 9,000 or so extant bird species are all struggling to keep up this rapid change. Change caused by a species so advanced that it has inter-planetary aspirations. The first time ever a species wants to leave and is making plans to…? Thank you to all the wild bird photographers that contribute photographs to the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. You are the driving force in a global movement in celebration of the wonder and freedom of wild birds. We salute you.  

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"Flying fruit" Strawberry finches are found in open fields and grasslands in tropical Asia where they are a popular cage bird due to the male's red plumage in the breeding season. (Gurum Ekalavya)
“Flying fruit” Strawberry finches are found in open fields and grasslands in tropical Asia where they are a popular cage bird due to the male’s red plumage in the breeding season. (Gurum Ekalavya)
"Calling for more forest conservation" White-throated kingfishers are tree kingfishers often found far from water across a wide distribution in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Dibyendu Ash)
“Calling for more forest conservation” White-throated kingfishers are tree kingfishers often found far from water across a wide distribution in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Dibyendu Ash)
"East of the valley!" Von der Decken's hornbills prefer the thorn scrub and more arid habitats of East Africa with main population E of the Great Rift Valley. Photographed here in El Karama (Nanyuki, Kenya). (Richard & Eileen Flack)
“East of the valley!” Von der Decken’s hornbills prefer the thorn scrub and more arid habitats of East Africa with main population E of the Great Rift Valley. Photographed here in El Karama (Nanyuki, Kenya). (Richard & Eileen Flack)
"Big hair day" Striated laughingthrushes are found in the N temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent across most of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Tibet and Nepal. (Saminathan Babu)
“Big hair day” Striated laughingthrushes are found in the N temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent across most of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Tibet and Nepal. (Saminathan Babu)
"Heron dance" Purple herons have a wide global distribution breeding in Africa, central and S Europe, and S and E Asia with the European populations wintering in tropical Africa. (Rinku Behera)
“Heron dance” Purple herons have a wide global distribution breeding in Africa, central and S Europe, and S and E Asia with the European populations wintering in tropical Africa. (Rinku Behera)
"Forest Tinkerbell" Tickell's blue flycatchers have a wide distributional range from India to Indonesia, but breed in tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent all the way E to SE Asia. (Pratibha Riswadkar)
“Forest Tinkerbell” Tickell’s blue flycatchers have a wide distributional range from India to Indonesia, but breed in tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent all the way E to SE Asia. (Pratibha Riswadkar)
"Future fisherman" Indian fish owls are found in the warmer subtropical and humid tropical parts of continental Asia and some offshore islands. (Pradyuman Samant)
“Future fisherman” Indian fish owls are found in the warmer subtropical and humid tropical parts of continental Asia and some offshore islands. (Pradyuman Samant)
"Sword fighter" Indian scimitar babblers prefer feeding in dense thickets, but are found in a varety of forested habitats in peninsular India. (Pratik Humnabadkar)
“Sword fighter” Indian scimitar babblers prefer feeding in dense thickets, but are found in a varety of forested habitats in peninsular India. (Pratik Humnabadkar)
"Regal, plush duck" King eiders spend most of the year in coastal marine ecosystems throughout the higher latitudes, migrating to the Arctic tundra to breed in June and July under the 24-hr sun. Photographed here in Båtsfjord (Norway). (Antero Topp)
“Regal, plush duck” King eiders spend most of the year in coastal marine ecosystems throughout the higher latitudes, migrating to the Arctic tundra to breed in June and July under the 24-hr sun. Photographed here in Båtsfjord (Norway). (Antero Topp)
"Famous grouse" Black grouse are found across Europe from the UK  through Scandinavia and Estonia to Russia with populations in E Europe Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to Belarus, Romania and Ukraine. There is a population in the Alps, and isolated remnants in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. (Lennart Hessel)
“Famous grouse” Black grouse are found across Europe from the UK through Scandinavia and Estonia to Russia with populations in E Europe Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to Belarus, Romania and Ukraine. There is a population in the Alps, and isolated remnants in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. (Lennart Hessel)
"Flying punk" Sulphur-crested cockatoos are a common resident in well-wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea. (Lennart Hessel)
“Flying punk” Sulphur-crested cockatoos are a common resident in well-wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea. (Lennart Hessel)
"Little shore specialist" Little ringed plovers prefer gravel pits, sandy islands and river edges in Europe and W Asia during the breeding season, wintering in Africa. (Katarzyna Wojno)
“Little shore specialist” Little ringed plovers prefer gravel pits, sandy islands and river edges in Europe and W Asia during the breeding season, wintering in Africa. (Katarzyna Wojno)
"Umbrella bird" Long-wattled umbrellabirds are found in a relatively narrow belt along the Pacific slopes of the Chocó of W Colombia and Ecuador. Photographed here in Ecuador. (Owen Deutsch)
“Umbrella bird” Long-wattled umbrellabirds are found in a relatively narrow belt along the Pacific slopes of the Chocó of W Colombia and Ecuador. Photographed here in Ecuador. (Owen Deutsch)
"Endangered adaption" Egyptian vultures are considered Endangered throughout their wide distributional range from from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India. (Bhavesh K Munshi)
“Endangered adaption” Egyptian vultures are considered Endangered throughout their wide distributional range from from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India. (Bhavesh K Munshi)
“Mini-stork” Stork-billed kingfishers are sparsely distributed on the tropical Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. (Dibyendu Ash)
"Styling!" Bar-throated minlas are found in the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, ranging across Bhutan, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. (Dibyendu Ash)
“Styling!” Bar-throated minlas are found in the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, ranging across Bhutan, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. (Dibyendu Ash)
"Sun beauty" Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the W Ghats of India. (Aditya Padhye)
“Sun beauty” Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the W Ghats of India. (Aditya Padhye)
"Metalworker" Coppersmith barbets have a metronomic call that sounds like a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer and are found in the Indian Subcontinent and parts of SE Asia. (Suraj Kamath)
“Metalworker” Coppersmith barbets have a metronomic call that sounds like a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer and are found in the Indian Subcontinent and parts of SE Asia. (Suraj Kamath)
"Jungle chicken" Red junglefowl are found from S India E across S China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. (Vipin Sharma)
“Jungle chicken” Red junglefowl are found from S India E across S China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. (Vipin Sharma)
"South Africa's parrot" Cape parrots playing in the early morning above an African green pigeon that is just waking up. Cape parrots are Endangered and endemic to South Africa. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
“South Africa’s parrot” Cape parrots playing in the early morning above an African green pigeon that is just waking up. Cape parrots are Endangered and endemic to South Africa. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
"Forest joker" White-throated laughingthrushes prefer subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and Vietnam. (Amit Kumar Ghosh)
“Forest joker” White-throated laughingthrushes prefer subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and Vietnam. (Amit Kumar Ghosh)
"Gull's feast" Brown-headed gulls breed each year on the high plateaus of central Asia from Tajikistan to Inner Mongolia, wintering on the coasts and large inland lakes of tropical S Asia. (Arun Varghese)
“Gull’s feast” Brown-headed gulls breed each year on the high plateaus of central Asia from Tajikistan to Inner Mongolia, wintering on the coasts and large inland lakes of tropical S Asia. (Arun Varghese)
"Bullish attitude" Ashy bulbuls are found across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Pranesh Kodancha)
“Bullish attitude” Ashy bulbuls are found across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Pranesh Kodancha)
"Wow warbler" Blackburnian warblers breed in E North America from S Canada W to S Canadian Prairies, the Great Lakes and New England all the way to North Carolina, wintering in S America. Photographed here in Ecuador. (Nina Stavlund)
“Wow warbler” Blackburnian warblers breed in E North America from S Canada W to S Canadian Prairies, the Great Lakes and New England all the way to North Carolina, wintering in S America. Photographed here in Ecuador. (Nina Stavlund)
"Sunset wagtail" Western yellow wagtails breed in much of temperate Europe and Asia, remaining resident in milder parts of their range such as W Europe, but migrating to Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and S Asia in the rest of their range. (Jignesh Minaxi‎)
“Sunset wagtail” Western yellow wagtails breed in much of temperate Europe and Asia, remaining resident in milder parts of their range such as W Europe, but migrating to Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and S Asia in the rest of their range. (Jignesh Minaxi‎)

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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.