It has been almost two years since the 76th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. We have continued the “Wild Birds! Revolution” on our Wild Bird Trust Facebook page. Our mission to share incredible wild bird photography with the world now has 1,1 million followers. Birds are the colour, song and dance of the natural world. Thousands of dedicated photographers around the world are documenting the wild bird populations they encounter with their cameras. When we launched this initiative in 2014, we kept it simple and focussed on getting beautiful bird photos into social media feeds. The community we wanted to support was the independently-motivated photographers, nature guides and birders that go out as often as possible to document wild bird populations. Apart from inspiring an appreciation for birds, these photos can serve as effective monitoring and conservation tools. The Wild Bird Trust‘s Cape Parrot Project relies on high resolution photographs taken by Rodnick Biljon each day to monitor a debilitating disease attacking the Endangered wild population. The Wild Bird Trust is currently redeveloping the website to better archive the “Top 25 Wild bird Photographs of the Week” and function as a hub for the global birding community. We would like to welcome Jordan-Laine Calder to the Wild Bird Trust team. Jordan will be working on Wild Bird Trust community engagement and the Wild Birds! Revolution. The world thought Angry Birds was a hit, wait until “Wild Birds!” come to life in social media across the globe. Please get your friends involved and following the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page!
Elegant terns breed on the Pacific coasts of the S United States and Mexico, wintering S in Peru, Ecuador and Chile. Photographed here in United States. (Salah Baazizi)
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 Birds! 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 Birds! Revolution!!
See the last “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #76″:
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.
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