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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #72

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Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end of the year… We need your help to achieve this world-changing effort to celebrate the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild. Share your favorite wild bird photographs, invite your friends to join, and support global bird conservation by donating to the Wild Bird Trust.   

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Blue-eared kingfishers prefer dense shaded forests with small streams across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (PakCik Malek)
Blue-eared kingfishers prefer dense shaded forests with small streams across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (PakCik Malek)
Asian openbills are found in inland wetlands across much of the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia in . (Abhisek Patnaik)
Asian openbills are found in inland wetlands across much of the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia in . (Abhisek Patnaik)
Oriental white-eyes are abundant resident breeders in open woodlands across tropical Asia from the Indian subcontinent to SE Asia, extending all the way to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Abhisek Patnaik)
Oriental white-eyes are abundant resident breeders in open woodlands across tropical Asia from the Indian subcontinent to SE Asia, extending all the way to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Abhisek Patnaik)
White stork breed in Europe up to Finland, NW Africa, SW Asia and S Africa, migrating long distances to winter in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa all the way to the bottom of South Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Antonis Tsaknakis)
White stork breed in Europe up to Finland, NW Africa, SW Asia and S Africa, migrating long distances to winter in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa all the way to the bottom of South Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Antonis Tsaknakis)
White-throated kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E to the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines. (Bidyut Kumar)
White-throated kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E to the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines. (Bidyut Kumar)
Black-winged stilts have a wide distribution across W Europe and the Mediterranean all the way to central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, South and SE Asia. (Sarabjit Lehal)
European nightjars breed across Europe in the N to a latitude of 64°N and in Asia to the N up to about 60°N, as well as E all the way to Lake Baikal and E Mongolia, wintering in Africa S of the Sahara and to a limited extent in Pakistan, Morocco and Israel. (Fabio Usvardi)
European nightjars breed across Europe in the N to a latitude of 64°N and in Asia to the N up to about 60°N, as well as E all the way to Lake Baikal and E Mongolia, wintering in Africa S of the Sahara and to a limited extent in Pakistan, Morocco and Israel. (Fabio Usvardi)
Blue-throated barbets are a colorful barbet species found across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Firoz Al Sabah)
Blue-throated barbets are a colorful barbet species found across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Firoz Al Sabah)
Golden-fronted leafbirds are an abundant resident breeder in India, Sri Lanka, and some parts of SE Asia. (Dhritiman Hore)
Golden-fronted leafbirds are an abundant resident breeder in India, Sri Lanka, and some parts of SE Asia. (Dhritiman Hore)
Greater roadrunners prefer desert and shrubby country in SW United States and N Mexico. (Laurie Ross)
Greater roadrunners prefer desert and shrubby country in SW United States and N Mexico. (Laurie Ross)
Green-breasted mangos breed in E and S Mexico all the way S through to Central America as far as some near-shore islands and Costa Rica. (Owen Deutsch / www.owendeutsch.com)
Green-breasted mangos breed in E and S Mexico all the way S through to Central America as far as some near-shore islands and Costa Rica. (Owen Deutsch / www.owendeutsch.com)
Jungle owlets prefer scrub forest and deciduous forests on the Indian subcontinent. (Suresh AC)
Jungle owlets prefer scrub forest and deciduous forests on the Indian subcontinent. (Suresh AC)
Zitting cisticolas have a large breeding range in S Europe, Africa and S Asia all the way to N Australia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Zitting cisticolas have a large breeding range in S Europe, Africa and S Asia all the way to N Australia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Plain prinias prefer wet lowland grassland, open woodland, scrub and sometimes gardens in Pakistan and India all the way to S China and SE Asia. (Karunakanth Bathula)
Plain prinias prefer wet lowland grassland, open woodland, scrub and sometimes gardens in Pakistan and India all the way to S China and SE Asia. (Karunakanth Bathula)
Black-faced laughingthrushes are found along the E Himalayas from E Nepal to Arunachal Pradesh in India all the way across to Myanmar and Bhutan, as well as SE Tibet. (Meghna Banerjee)
Black-faced laughingthrushes are found along the E Himalayas from E Nepal to Arunachal Pradesh in India all the way across to Myanmar and Bhutan, as well as SE Tibet. (Meghna Banerjee)
Pied avocets breed in temperate Europe and W and central Asia, wintering in Africa or S Asia. (Meghna Banerjee)
Pied avocets breed in temperate Europe and W and central Asia, wintering in Africa or S Asia. (Meghna Banerjee)
Mountain bulbuls range across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Shaiful Azhar Abu Bakar)
Mountain bulbuls range across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Shaiful Azhar Abu Bakar)
Rufous-collared kingfishers prefer the subtropical and tropical moist lowland and montane forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. (Shaiful Azhar Abu Bakar)
Rufous-collared kingfishers prefer the subtropical and tropical moist lowland and montane forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. (Shaiful Azhar Abu Bakar)
Siberian rubythroats are a migratory insectivore that breed in the mixed coniferous forests of Siberia and winter in India and Indonesia. (Shantanu Bhattacharya)
Siberian rubythroats are a migratory insectivore that breed in the mixed coniferous forests of Siberia and winter in India and Indonesia. (Shantanu Bhattacharya)
Kelp gulls breeds on coastlines and islands across most of the S hemisphere. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Kelp gulls breeds on coastlines and islands across most of the S hemisphere. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Firethroats breed in temperate forests in Sichuan Province (China), wintering in the Indian subcontinent across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. (Surajit Sarkar)
Firethroats breed in temperate forests in Sichuan Province (China), wintering in the Indian subcontinent across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. (Surajit Sarkar)
Demoiselle cranes are a strongly migratory species from W Eurasia that winter in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Tanmoy Das)
Demoiselle cranes are a strongly migratory species from W Eurasia that winter in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. (Tanmoy Das)
Lesser sand plovers are a migratory species, wintering on sandy beaches in E Africa, S Asia and Australasia. (Tanmoy Das)
Lesser sand plovers are a migratory species, wintering on sandy beaches in E Africa, S Asia and Australasia. (Tanmoy Das)
Blue-capped rock thrushes are summer visitors to parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas, migrating to pine forests and hill slopes during summer. (Tanuku Manohar)
Blue-capped rock thrushes are summer visitors to parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas, migrating to pine forests and hill slopes during summer. (Tanuku Manohar)
Red-tailed black cockatoos are a large black cockatoo native to Australia that   is usually found in eucalyptus woodlands and riverine forest habitat. (Trevor Andersen)
Red-tailed black cockatoos are a large black cockatoo native to Australia that is usually found in eucalyptus woodlands and riverine forest habitat. (Trevor Andersen)

The Wild Bird Trust would like to thank Swarovski Optik for helping to make the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” a possibility! Go to the new Wild BirdTrust website for a chance to WIN a pair of amazing Swarovski binoculars by donating $10!

See last week “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71″:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/21/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-71/

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

    Amazing bird images! Delighted to see couple of my images in this collection. Thank you Steve Boyes. Thank you National Geographic.

  • Tanmoy Das

    Amazing bird images! Delighted to see couple of my images in this collection. Thank you Steve Boyes. Thank you National Geographic.

  • Belinda Jonker

    Wonderful to capture the beauty of birds. So perfect in every little detail. Well Done and Thank you Steve

  • Belinda Jonker

    Wonderful to capture the beauty of birds. So perfect in every little detail. Well Done and Thank you Steve

  • Tanuku Manohar

    Thanks a lot for selecting my photo for this week … Congrats to all the other members whose photo has been selected .. An honor indeed 🙂

  • Tanuku Manohar

    Thanks a lot for selecting my photo for this week … Congrats to all the other members whose photo has been selected .. An honor indeed 🙂

  • kulvinder kochar kaur

    such beauty and colourful birds -it is amazing they are getting depleted -had never seen such a green bird with a name mango and beautiful other kingfishers and such lovely colours and how tyheir habitat is getting destroyed is a shame although didnt see what we call koel although saw 25 photographs of amazing birds of various habitats from sandy regions moving to various other regions.

  • kulvinder kochar kaur

    such beauty and colourful birds -it is amazing they are getting depleted -had never seen such a green bird with a name mango and beautiful other kingfishers and such lovely colours and how tyheir habitat is getting destroyed is a shame although didnt see what we call koel although saw 25 photographs of amazing birds of various habitats from sandy regions moving to various other regions.

  • suresh AC

    Thank you so much for selecting my phito in the 25.thanks to the team

  • suresh AC

    Thank you so much for selecting my phito in the 25.thanks to the team

  • anna lynar

    I love these bird photos they bring such joy to my day thank you so much regards Anna

  • anna lynar

    I love these bird photos they bring such joy to my day thank you so much regards Anna

  • Syed Mohammad Salim

    Thanks a lot for Excellent Photography of Amazing Bird’s.

  • Syed Mohammad Salim

    Thanks a lot for Excellent Photography of Amazing Bird’s.

  • Milan Roy

    Thks for information ,just awesome

  • Milan Roy

    Thks for information ,just awesome

  • Heta Karia

    Excellent images amazing by Shantanu !, Siberian rubythroat

  • Heta Karia

    Excellent images amazing by Shantanu !, Siberian rubythroat

  • RAJIB MAJI

    outstanding images

  • RAJIB MAJI

    outstanding images

  • Bidyut Kumar De

    Great images,many thanks for selecting my image.M

  • Bidyut Kumar De

    Great images,many thanks for selecting my image.M

  • Bidyut Kumar De

    Great images,many thanks for selecting my image.Many thanks for other photographers for their excellent photos.
    Many thanks to Steve Boyes and National Geographic.

  • Bidyut Kumar De

    Great images,many thanks for selecting my image.Many thanks for other photographers for their excellent photos.
    Many thanks to Steve Boyes and National Geographic.

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