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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #73

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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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Asian Openbills are a distinctive stork specifically adapted to foraging around inland wetlands mainly in the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Tanmoy Das)
Asian Openbills are a distinctive stork specifically adapted to foraging around inland wetlands mainly in the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Tanmoy Das)
Bateleurs are a relatively common resident of the open savanna and woodland habitats of Sub-Saharan Africa with a small population in SW Arabia. (Rene van der Schyff)
Bateleurs are a relatively common resident of the open savanna and woodland habitats of Sub-Saharan Africa with a small population in SW Arabia. (Rene van der Schyff)
Black-and-Orange flycatchers are endemic to the higher elevations of central and S Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in S India. (Tanuku Manohar)
Black-and-Orange flycatchers are endemic to the higher elevations of central and S Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in S India. (Tanuku Manohar)
Black-headed orioles breed across much of sub-Saharan Africa from South Sudan and Ethiopia all the way to South Africa. (Nithya Purushothaman)
Black-headed orioles breed across much of sub-Saharan Africa from South Sudan and Ethiopia all the way to South Africa. (Nithya Purushothaman)
Black-naped monarchs breed in thick forests and other well-wooded habitats across tropical S Asia from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Rahul Deshpande)
Black-naped monarchs breed in thick forests and other well-wooded habitats across tropical S Asia from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Rahul Deshpande)
Black-winged kites are found in the open country and semi-deserts of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia with a small population in Europe (Spain and Portugal). (Shishir Saksena)
Black-winged kites are found in the open country and semi-deserts of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia with a small population in Europe (Spain and Portugal). (Shishir Saksena)
Crested serpent eagles have a very wide distributional range across the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia and E Asia. (Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap)
Crested serpent eagles have a very wide distributional range across the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia and E Asia. (Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap)
Crab plovers breed around the Arabian Sea of Pakistan, Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Somalia. (Tanmoy Das)
Crab plovers breed around the Arabian Sea of Pakistan, Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Somalia. (Tanmoy Das)
Coral-billed ground cuckoos are a large terrestrial cuckoo found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Coral-billed ground cuckoos are a large terrestrial cuckoo found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumper.co.za)
The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. (Sathi Ravi Kanth Reddy)
The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. (Sathi Ravi Kanth Reddy)
Chinstrap penguins are found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, Deception Island, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island and Balleny. (Steve Hillary)
Chinstrap penguins are found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, Deception Island, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island and Balleny. (Steve Hillary)
Blue waxbills are found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Trevor Kleyn)
Blue waxbills are found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Trevor Kleyn)
Golden pipits are indigenous to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, S Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and are often vagrant in Oman, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Photographed here in Kenya. (Krzysztof Olejniczak)
Golden pipits are indigenous to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, S Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and are often vagrant in Oman, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Photographed here in Kenya. (Krzysztof Olejniczak)
Grey-and-buff woodpeckers prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and montane forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. (Suhaimisabli Suhaimi)
Grey-and-buff woodpeckers prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and montane forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. (Suhaimisabli Suhaimi)
Northern double-collared sunbirds are found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda. (Sammy Mugo)
Northern double-collared sunbirds are found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda. (Sammy Mugo)
Patagonian sierra finches prefer the temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and temperate grassland of Argentina and Chile. (Steve Hillary)
Patagonian sierra finches prefer the temperate forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and temperate grassland of Argentina and Chile. (Steve Hillary)
Pied oystercatchers are an Endangered species found along the coastline of Australia. (Deborah Pearse)
Pied oystercatchers are an Endangered species found along the coastline of Australia. (Deborah Pearse)
Kashmir flycatchers breed in NW Himalayas in the Kashmir region of the Indian Subcontinent, migrating to the hills of central Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats of India in winter. (Pranesh Kodancha)
Kashmir flycatchers breed in NW Himalayas in the Kashmir region of the Indian Subcontinent, migrating to the hills of central Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats of India in winter. (Pranesh Kodancha)
Snowy sheathbills are found in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys, and South Georgia, but migrate N in winter. (Steve Hillary)
Snowy sheathbills are found in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys, and South Georgia, but migrate N in winter. (Steve Hillary)
Scarlet-thighed dacnis are found  in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. (Elvin Rodriguez)
Scarlet-thighed dacnis are found in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. (Elvin Rodriguez)
Sandhill cranes are a large crane species found in North America and the extreme NE Siberia (Russia). (Leslie Reagan)
Sandhill cranes are a large crane species found in North America and the extreme NE Siberia (Russia). (Leslie Reagan)
Greater sage-grouses range across the sagebrush country in the W United States and S Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada). (Robert Martinez)
Greater sage-grouses range across the sagebrush country in the W United States and S Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada). (Robert Martinez)
Purple sunbirds are distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian subcontinent and into SE Asia. (Gurukrish Na Ghate)
Purple sunbirds are distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian subcontinent and into SE Asia. (Gurukrish Na Ghate)
Yellow-browed bulbuls are found mainly below the forest canopy of the hill forests and plantations in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. (Prasanna Bhat)
Yellow-browed bulbuls are found mainly below the forest canopy of the hill forests and plantations in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. (Prasanna Bhat)
White-rumped shamas are found in densely-vegetated habitats across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Rahul Deshpande)
White-rumped shamas are found in densely-vegetated habitats across the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia. (Rahul Deshpande)

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 #72″:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2014/09/18/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-72/

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.
  • Nithya Purushothaman

    Thanks a lot for selecting my photo for this week … Congrats to all the other members .. its an honor for me 🙂

  • Brenda mullarkey

    We must all contribute to the conservation of these incredible creatures,

  • Tanmoy Das

    Absolutely thrilled to see my images on this coveted list!
    Thanks Steve, for putting my image on the cover.
    Wonderful pictures, all of them.

  • Anirban Konar

    Beautiful photos

  • Tanmoy Das

    Delighted to see my images in the selection. Thanks a lot Steve!

  • raymond victor

    I like that of
    blue waxbill

    And how I cn post some of my pics to this page

  • Gurukrishna Ghate

    Very excited to see my photograph on the list.
    and congratulations to all the other participants.

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