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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #74

WBT logoAll the very best this holiday season from the Wild Bird Trust team! Just six weeks ago, we had just over 700,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page. Today we have 841,795 likes on the 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 target that celebrates the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild and unites us as one blue-green living planet. Share your favourite wild bird photographs, invite your friends to join, grab some binoculars and your camera, and support global bird conservation by donating to the Wild Bird Trust.   

This week’s edition includes South Africa’s Cape parrot, the most endangered parrots in Africa and one of the most beautiful birds on the continent. Please join us in celebrating this stunning bird by voting them in as South Africa’s favourite bird. Click on the banner below…

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 White-cheeked barbet and rufous treepie battling. Both are distributed along the Western Ghats S from the Surat Dangs and along the associated hills of S India. (Nisha Purushothaman)

White-cheeked barbet and rufous treepie battling. Both are distributed along the Western Ghats S from the Surat Dangs and along the associated hills of S India. (Nisha Purushothaman)

Egyptian vultures are considered Endangered and are widely distributed; the Egyptian vulture is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India. They are considered extinct in South Africa. (Zafer Tekin)
Egyptian vultures are considered Endangered and are widely distributed; the Egyptian vulture is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India. They are considered extinct in South Africa. (Zafer Tekin)
Adelie penguins are among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, along with the emperor penguin, S Polar skua, Wilson's storm petrel, snow petrel, and Antarctic petrel. (Steve Hillary)
Adelie penguins are among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, along with the emperor penguin, S Polar skua, Wilson’s storm petrel, snow petrel, and Antarctic petrel. (Steve Hillary)
Asian paradise flycatchers inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats from Turkestan to Manchuria, all over the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka all the way to the Malay Archipelago on the islands of Sumba and Alor. (Bilal Qazi‎)
Asian paradise flycatchers inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats from Turkestan to Manchuria, all over the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka all the way to the Malay Archipelago on the islands of Sumba and Alor. (Bilal Qazi‎)
Black-throated bushtits are distributed across the foothills of the Himalayas, stretching across northern India through Nepal, Bhutan, northern Burma, Vietnam, and Taiwan. (Rahul Deshpande)
Black-throated bushtits are distributed across the foothills of the Himalayas, stretching across northern India through Nepal, Bhutan, northern Burma, Vietnam, and Taiwan. (Rahul Deshpande)
Chestnut-bellied rock thrushes are mainly found in the N regions of the Indian subcontinent E to parts of SE Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Tibet, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. (Kaustav Banerjee)
Chestnut-bellied rock thrushes are mainly found in the N regions of the Indian subcontinent E to parts of SE Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Tibet, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. (Kaustav Banerjee)
King penguins are the 2nd largest penguin species and breed on subantarctic islands between 45 and 55°S, at the northern reaches of Antarctica, as well as Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and other temperate islands of the region. (Steve Hillary)
King penguins are the 2nd largest penguin species and breed on subantarctic islands between 45 and 55°S, at the northern reaches of Antarctica, as well as Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and other temperate islands of the region. (Steve Hillary)
Mockingbirds are found in the New World and are best known for the habit of some species mimicking the songs of other birds and the sounds of insects and amphibians. (J.Bernardo Sánchez)
Mockingbirds are found in the New World and are best known for the habit of some species mimicking the songs of other birds and the sounds of insects and amphibians. (J.Bernardo Sánchez)
Hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. (Eman Nasser)
Hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. (Eman Nasser)
Grey-headed gulls breed sporadically across S America and Africa S of the Sahara. (Richard and Eilleen Flack)
Grey-headed gulls breed sporadically across S America and Africa S of the Sahara. (Richard and Eilleen Flack)
Grey-crowned yellowthroats prefer the subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and heavily degraded former forest of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the United States. (Owen Deutsch)
Grey-crowned yellowthroats prefer the subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and heavily degraded former forest of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the United States. (Owen Deutsch)
Gentoo and Adelie Penguins are closely associated and are common along the Antarctic coastline. Both are considered Near-Threatened. (Steve Hillary)
Gentoo and Adelie Penguins are closely associated and are common along the Antarctic coastline. Both are considered Near-Threatened. (Steve Hillary)
Lesser adjutant storks are strongly associated with wetlands and are found from India all the way across to SE Asia in Java. (Somnath Chakraborty)
Lesser adjutant storks are strongly associated with wetlands and are found from India all the way across to SE Asia in Java. (Somnath Chakraborty)
Little pied flycatchers are found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Dhritiman Hore)
Little pied flycatchers are found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Dhritiman Hore)
Long-tailed ground roller is a very rare the monotypic genus (Uratelornis) endemic to arid spiny forests near the coast in SW Madagascar. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Long-tailed ground roller is a very rare the monotypic genus (Uratelornis) endemic to arid spiny forests near the coast in SW Madagascar. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Magnificent hummingbirds prefer the edges and clearings of montane oak forests from about 2000m altitude up to the timberline, breeding across most of SW United States all the way down to W Panama. (Mauro Roman)
Magnificent hummingbirds prefer the edges and clearings of montane oak forests from about 2000m altitude up to the timberline, breeding across most of SW United States all the way down to W Panama. (Mauro Roman)
Painted spurfowls are found in rocky hill and scrub forests mainly in peninsular India. (Shaurya Shashwat Shukla)
Painted spurfowls are found in rocky hill and scrub forests mainly in peninsular India. (Shaurya Shashwat Shukla)
Paradise tanagers are Found in humid tropical and subtropical forests in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America, it occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and the Guianas. (Glenn Bartley)
Paradise tanagers are Found in humid tropical and subtropical forests in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America, it occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and the Guianas. (Glenn Bartley)
Cape parrots are Endangered with less tha 1,000 remaining in the wild. This green-and-gold parrot is only found in South Africa. (Rodnick Biljon)
Cape parrots are Endangered with less tha 1,000 remaining in the wild. This green-and-gold parrot is only found in South Africa. (Rodnick Biljon)
Violet-bellied hummingbirds are a monotypical for genus (Damophila) found in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Violet-bellied hummingbirds are a monotypical for genus (Damophila) found in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Stone curlews have a wide distribution throughout the tropical and temperate parts of the world, with two species found in Australia. (Katarzyna Wojno‎)
Stone curlews have a wide distribution throughout the tropical and temperate parts of the world, with two species found in Australia. (Katarzyna Wojno‎)
Spotted doves are common resident breeders across their distributional range on the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Spotted doves are common resident breeders across their distributional range on the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Shikras are widely distributed in Asia and Africa where they are also called the little banded goshawk. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
Shikras are widely distributed in Asia and Africa where they are also called the little banded goshawk. (Awais Ali Sheikh)
Red-fronted tinkerbirds are widespread and frequently common resident breeders in E South Africa with a separate population from S Sudan and Ethiopia S to central and E Tanzania. (Tim Cockcroft)
Red-fronted tinkerbirds are widespread and frequently common resident breeders in E South Africa with a separate population from S Sudan and Ethiopia S to central and E Tanzania. (Tim Cockcroft)
Purple swamphen are widely distributed across Europe, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They have also been introduced into N America. (Tanuku Manohar)
Purple swamphen are widely distributed across Europe, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They have also been introduced into N America. (Tanuku Manohar)

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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See last week “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #73″:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2014/11/05/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-73/

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.
  • Rael Loon

    Awesome pics, thanks for sending.

  • Kaustav Banerjee

    I am very much thrilled and honoured to see one of my images make it to the Top 25 list.
    Thank you so much Steve, for putting my image on the cover.
    Wonderful pictures, all of them. And keep up the good work.

  • Padma

    tnq for the pics was happy to see them tho not the real ones which may not b possible too this life time

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