Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #80

Hello, and welcome to the 80th edition of “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”!
Since reviving the blog earlier this year we have been overwhelmed by the influx of incredible photo entries we are receiving on the Facebook page. We are thrilled to see that many of the entries are coming from photographers we have not heard from before and we are learning about new species everyday. Our loyal, long-time contributors continue to blow us away with their talent and evident passion for wild birds.
So here’s to both old comrades and new and to the WildBird! Revolution! Viva!

The Wreathed Hornbill is also sometimes known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill. Photo by Asim Halder
The Wreathed Hornbill is also sometimes known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill. Photo by Asim Halder
An airborne encounter between two Whiskered Terns. Photo by Kallol Mukherjee
An airborne encounter between two Whiskered Terns. Photo by Kallol Mukherjee
This Western Reef Egret looks almost as surprised as its fishy prey! Photo by Arun Mysore
This Western Reef Egret looks almost as surprised as its fishy prey! Photo by Arun Mysore
The Spotted Owlet is well known for its loud calling and in some culture is perceived as a bad omen. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe
The Spotted Owlet is well known for its loud calling and in some culture is perceived as a bad omen. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe
A Spot Billed Duck perfectly captured in flight in India. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe
A Spot Billed Duck perfectly captured in flight in India. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe
A Small Indian Pratincole greets the day! Photo by Partha Mukherjee
A Small Indian Pratincole greets the day! Photo by Partha Mukherjee
A Red-billed Hornbill and a Yellow-billed Shrike share a branch in The Gambia. Photo by Steve Catt
A Red-billed Hornbill and a Yellow-billed Shrike share a branch in The Gambia. Photo by Steve Catt
Red Whiskered BulBuls are native to India but have been introduced to places like Melbourne and Florida. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎
Red Whiskered BulBuls are native to India but have been introduced to places like Melbourne and Florida. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎
Merlins are fierce little falcons who were nicked-named "Lady Hawks" by medieval falconers as nobelwomen would use them o hunt Sky Larks. Photo by Teri Franzen
Merlins are fierce little falcons who were nicked-named “Lady Hawks” by medieval falconers as nodelwomen would use them o hunt Sky Larks. Photo by Teri Franzen
The Lesser Antillean Pewee is a flycatcher endemic to just five islands in Central America; Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Photo by Raymond De Jesus Asencio
The Lesser Antillean Pewee is a flycatcher endemic to just five islands in Central America; Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Photo by Raymond De Jesus Asencio
The Kalij Pheasant is native to India but in 1962 was introduced to Hawaii as a game bird. Biologists have noticed that the birds in Hawaii have developed a very different, much more gregarious social structure to their more private ancestors back home. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi‎
The Kalij Pheasant is native to India but in 1962 was introduced to Hawaii as a game bird. Biologists have noticed that the birds in Hawaii have developed a very different, much more gregarious social structure to their more private ancestors back home. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi‎
Red-Tailed Hawks favor open grasslands where they can find their favorite prey; rabbits and voles. They are probably the most common Hawk in North America. Photo by Leslie Reagan
Red-Tailed Hawks favor open grasslands where they can find their favorite prey; rabbits and voles. They are probably the most common Hawk in North America. Photo by Leslie Reagan
The Southern Ground Hornbill has made the list of Kruger Park's "Big 6 Birds" and its no surprise really. These charismatic birds are formidable hunters but are also threatened by factors such as habitat loss. Photo by Jason GW Wharam.
The Southern Ground Hornbill has made the list of Kruger Park’s “Big 6 Birds” and its no surprise really. These charismatic birds are formidable hunters but are also threatened by factors such as habitat loss. Photo by Jason GW Wharam.
Green Herons are patient hunters who wait dead still for the perfect moment to strike their prey with their daggerlike bills. They are also known to occasionally  lure in fish using twigs or insects as bait! Photo by Owen Deutsch.
Green Herons are patient hunters who wait dead still for the perfect moment to strike their prey with their daggerlike bills. They are also known to occasionally lure in fish using twigs or insects as bait! Photo by Owen Deutsch.
The African Fish Eagle has become synonymous with Africa’s inland waters, lakes, rivers and dams. Photo by Jason GW Wharam
The African Fish Eagle has become synonymous with Africa’s inland waters, lakes, rivers and dams. Photo by Jason GW Wharam
A European robin observes a quiet moment in a forest in Andhrapradesh, India . Photo by Ravis'Click
A European robin observes a quiet moment in a forest in Andhrapradesh, India . Photo by Ravis’Click
Feed me! This egret chick knows how to get what it wants. Photo by John Collins.
Feed me! This egret chick knows how to get what it wants. Photo by John Collins.
A Crested Serpent Eagle purveys the landscape in Uttarkashi, India. Photo by Rahul Roychowdhury
A Crested Serpent Eagle purveys the landscape in Uttarkashi, India.
Photo by Rahul Roychowdhury
An interesting meeting between a Coppersmith Barbet and a Plum-headed Parakeet over some tasty fruit at a timber mill in India... Photo by Md. Auwais Shaikh
An interesting meeting between a Coppersmith Barbet and a Plum-headed Parakeet over some tasty fruit at a timber mill in India…
Photo by Md. Auwais Shaikh
Contrary to their name, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters actually eat more dragonflies than bees. Photo by Teri Franzen
Contrary to their name, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters actually eat more dragonflies than bees. Photo by Teri Franzen
Kookaburra's are terrestrial Kingfishers belonging to the genus Dacelo. Four species can be found in Australia, New Guinea and The Are Islands. This is the Blue-winded Kookaburra. Photo by Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen.
Kookaburra’s are terrestrial Kingfishers belonging to the genus Dacelo. Four species can be found in Australia, New Guinea and The Are Islands. This is the Blue-winded Kookaburra. Photo by Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen.
Black-necked stilts in symmetry. Photo by Cathy Summa-Wolfe.
Black-necked stilts in symmetry. Photo by Cathy Summa-Wolfe.
A Black Winged Kite swoops down in its prey in West Began, India. Photo by Kallol Mukherjee.
A Black Winged Kite swoops down in its prey in West Began, India. Photo by Kallol Mukherjee.
American Flamingos are usually monogamous and although the male my initiate a courtship interaction, the female controls the process. Photo by Owen Deutsch.
American Avocets inhabitat temporary wetlands across North America where they feed on small aquatic invertebrates with their up-curved beak. Females have been known to lay an egg in the nest of another species who then raises the chick as if it were their own. Photo by Melissa Penta.
American Avocets inhabitat temporary wetlands across North America where they feed on small aquatic invertebrates with their up-curved beak. Females have been known to lay an egg in the nest of another species who then raises the chick as if it were their own. Photo by Melissa Penta.

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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.