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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71

Wild Bird Trust logoWoodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to or the bush skills of someone that grew up in the area. I have spent hours at my bird feeder, a nearby waterhole, or by the river. Many wild birds become easily habituated to our presence and will sometimes let us into their secret lives. The colors, the movement, the song. We need to do everything we can to guarantee all wild birds have a future.

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. Our blue-green living planet has seen cataclysms like us before and has always come back after the threat has subsided. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivery brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Bird Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out everyday to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Bird Revolution!!

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White storks are long-distance migrants that breed in Europe, NW Africa, SW Asia and S Africa, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa all the way to S Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Karl Ander Adami)
White storks are long-distance migrants that breed in Europe, NW Africa, SW Asia and S Africa, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa all the way to S Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Karl Ander Adami)
Verditer flycatchers are found in the Indian Subcontinent along the foothills of the Himalayas. (Uttam Mahatha)
Verditer flycatchers are found in the Indian Subcontinent along the foothills of the Himalayas. (Uttam Mahatha)
Streak-throated woodpeckers are most abundant on the Indian Subcontinent, but are also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Vietnam. (Uttam Mahatha)
Streak-throated woodpeckers are most abundant on the Indian Subcontinent, but are also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Vietnam. (Uttam Mahatha)
Orange-breasted green pigeons are found across tropical Asia S of the the Himalayas across the Indian Subcontinent across to parts of SE Asia. (Tanmoy Das)
Orange-breasted green pigeons are found across tropical Asia S of the the Himalayas across the Indian Subcontinent across to parts of SE Asia. (Tanmoy Das)
Green bee-eaters have a wide distribution across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, W Arabia and Asia from India to Vietnam. (Tanmoy Das)
Green bee-eaters have a wide distribution across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, W Arabia and Asia from India to Vietnam. (Tanmoy Das)
Spotted nutcrackers have a wide distribution Scandinavia across N Europe, Siberia and to E Asia as far as Japan. (Debapratim Saha)
Spotted nutcrackers have a wide distribution Scandinavia across N Europe, Siberia and to E Asia as far as Japan. (Debapratim Saha)
Painted spurfowls prefer the rocky hills and scrub forests of peninsular India. (Kishore Damodharan)
Painted spurfowls prefer the rocky hills and scrub forests of peninsular India. (Kishore Damodharan)
Brown dippers are not often seen and are found at lower elevations where mountain streams flow strongly in the mountains of S and central Asia. (Prasanna AV)
Brown dippers are not often seen and are found at lower elevations where mountain streams flow strongly in the mountains of S and central Asia. (Prasanna AV)
Himalayan woodpeckers are found in the N Indian Subcontinent in the Himalayas across Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. (Prasanna AV)
Himalayan woodpeckers are found in the N Indian Subcontinent in the Himalayas across Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. (Prasanna AV)
Kalij pheasants prefer the forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills from the Nepal to W Thailand. (Prasanna AV)
Kalij pheasants prefer the forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills from the Nepal to W Thailand. (Prasanna AV)
Pied bushchats range from W and central Asia to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Safiqeue Hazarika)
Pied bushchats range from W and central Asia to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Safiqeue Hazarika)
Golden-breasted fulvettas prefer the temperate and subtropical moist montane forests of Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam. (Shantanu Bhattacharya)
Golden-breasted fulvettas prefer the temperate and subtropical moist montane forests of Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam. (Shantanu Bhattacharya)
Northern mockingbirds are the only mockingbird commonly found in N America where they are known for their intelligence and are the State bird of 5 states. (Annette Sissom)
Northern mockingbirds are the only mockingbird commonly found in N America where they are known for their intelligence and are the State bird of 5 states. (Annette Sissom)
White-cheeked barbets are endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills in India. (Megh Roy Choudhury)
White-cheeked barbets are endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills in India. (Megh Roy Choudhury)
Puff-throated babbler are common residents of the bamboo forests and scrub of the Himalayas across Asia. (Megh Roy Choudhury)
Puff-throated babbler are common residents of the bamboo forests and scrub of the Himalayas across Asia. (Megh Roy Choudhury)
Bay-backed shrikes are widespread resident breeders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. (Jayant Atrey)
Bay-backed shrikes are widespread resident breeders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. (Jayant Atrey)
Greater roadrunner breed in the desert and shrubby country of the SW United States and N Mexico. (Owen Deutsch)
Greater roadrunner breed in the desert and shrubby country of the SW United States and N Mexico. (Owen Deutsch)
Bald eagles are the national bird and animal of the United States and are found throughout most of N America in Canada, all of the continental United States, and N Mexico. (Gail Pfoh)
Bald eagles are the national bird and animal of the United States and are found throughout most of N America in Canada, all of the continental United States, and N Mexico. (Gail Pfoh)
White-breasted kingfishers are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)
White-breasted kingfishers are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)

 

Purple sunbirds are distributed widely across W Asia through to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)
Purple sunbirds are distributed widely across W Asia through to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)
Common kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia and N Africa. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)
Common kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia and N Africa. (Chandan Kumar Hazra)
Cape vultures are considered vulnerable and are endemic to S Africa with populations in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and in some parts of northern Namibia. (Pax Bell)
Cape vultures are considered vulnerable and are endemic to S Africa with populations in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and in some parts of northern Namibia. (Pax Bell)
Blue-breasted bee-eaters are found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Matthew Matthiessen)
Blue-breasted bee-eaters are found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Matthew Matthiessen)
Blue cranes are considered Vulnerable with the majority of the remaining population in E and S South Africa with a small, disjunct population in Etosha Pan of N Namibia. (Kevin Paul Sommerville)
Blue cranes are considered Vulnerable with the majority of the remaining population in E and S South Africa with a small, disjunct population in Etosha Pan of N Namibia. (Kevin Paul Sommerville)
Green-crowned brilliants are resident breeders in the highlands from Costa Rica to W Ecuador. (Leslie Reagan)

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See last week “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #70″: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/17/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-70/

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.
  • Tanmoy Das

    All the pictures are fantastic. Absolutely delighted to see 2 of my images in this list ! 🙂

  • gowathaman ganesan

    megh roy choudhury photo,not whit-cheeked barbet, that pic white-browed bulbul i am correct

  • kumar

    i am die-hard fan of birds and like to tweet these birds pictures in twitter with #nationalgeographic #wildbirdtrust tags 🙂

  • Debapriyo Datta

    Simply exotic!

  • Suraj varma

    Very very nice photos I like it because my hobbies and passion photography all photos best

  • Stephen

    Wildlife photography is my personal escape from the “insanity of humanity.” As always, thank you NG! These photos are wonderful.

  • Noorah Ahmed

    Beautiful pictures, especially the blue birds like the kingfishers. These pictures just give us the opportunity to know how many various creatures live in planet earth. They do open the mind.

  • Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar Sethi (Retd)

    Lovely collection. The White Cheeked Barbet is wrongly IDed It us White Browed Bulbul

  • Suman Halder

    Fantastic pictures. Chandan Hazra please keep it up.

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