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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #87

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents the 87th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”.

These weekly selections form the back bone of the WildBird! Revolution which is all about celebrating and sharing the beauty of birds. Thank you to the talented and patient photographers who submitted their incredible snapshots of the avian world and thank you to everyone for your continued support and commitment to the revolution. Viva!

We strongly encourage nature loving photographers from around the world to submit their high-quality bird photographs to the Facebook page with details on species, location and photographer. The Top 25 are selected from the photographs we receive on the Facebook page.

A Crimson-breasted Woodpecker spotted in Kalimpong, Darjeeling. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎
The Brahminy Kite is also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia.
Photo by Tanmoy Das‎.
A Western Marsh-Harrier stays true to its name as it takes a break on water plants on a wetland in West Bengal. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty‎.
A Red-bearded Bee-eater hits the jackpot in Thailand. Photo by Jay Shah‎.
The Jackal Buzzard in a common sight in Cape Town and can be recognized from below by their white “windows’ on the underside of their wings. Photo by Allan Holland.
Common Kingfishers have advanced eyesight; with the ability to polarize light, they can see prey below the water’s surface. Photo by Paneendra BA‎.
A pair of Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters get vocal in Mysore, India. Photo by Shyam Sundar Nijgal.
Thanks to their healthy appetite for insects, spiders and snalis, the Tawny Frogmouth is considered to be among Australia’s most effective pest control birds. Photo by Ashvij Putta Photography.
Plumbeous Water Redstarts are often found near fast-moving streams and rivers. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
Great Rosefinch feeds mostly on seeds, buds, shoots and flowers and occasionally berries and small insects. Photo by Zahran CR‎.
Clark’s Nutcrackers bury thousands of pine nuts during the summer which they rely on during the winter. Nuts they don’t eat may become new trees. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎.
Amur Falcons breed in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa. Photo by Ravalnath Joshi‎.
The Scissor Tailed Flycatcher is also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise. Photographed in Rio Grand Valley, Texas by Sambath Subbaiah‎.
The French name of the Painted Bunting, nonpareil, means “without equal,” which is a reference to the bird’s incredible plumage. Photo by Dev Panda‎.
Greater Flamingos in the Kutch district of India. Photo by Dilipsinh Chudasama‎.
A Citrine Wagtail finds a delicate balance on a beautiful lotus flower. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra.
Allen’s Hummingbird breeds only along a narrow strip of coastal California and southern Oregon. Photo by Teri Franzen.
Rose-ringed Parakeets are sexually dimorphic; only the males have rings around their necks. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar‎.
In Malaysia, Large-Tailed Nightjars are often seen in cemeteries at night, hence its rather macabre common name burung tukang kubur (“graveyard nightjar”). Photo by Anwesha Das‎.
Greater Crested Tern is also called the Swift Tern and is widespread across the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
The Cinereous Vulture is a largely solitary bird and is seen alone or in pairs more often than most other Old World vultures. Photo by Tauseef Zafar‎.
A pair of Wire-tailed Swallows captured in a rare stationary moment by Deepa Javdekar‎.
The Red Billed Blue Magpie is a member of the crow family (Corvidae) and boasts the longest tail of all corvids. Photo by Ami Prabal‎.
Laggar Falcons are listed as “Near Threatened” in Pakistan due to increased pesticide use in the region. Photo by Swethadri Doraiswamy‎.
The Fire Tailed Myzornis is the only species in the genus Myzornis. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra.

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. 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!!

Edited by Jordan-Laine Calder, Campaign Manager

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

    Absolutely delighted to be included. Thanks Steve! Congratulations to everyone on the list!

  • Timir Baran Mazumder

    Thanks Nat Geo for giving us an opportunity to experience the outstanding photography of such extraordinary photographers

  • Jai Prakash Srinivasan

    Truly feast for the eyes. Congratulations to all 25 winners. Steve you must had a real tough time selecting the top 25. Keep them coming. God bless you all.

  • Satya R Panigrahi

    Excellent photography done by all including Tanmay Das(my classmate@Med Col)

  • Balu

    Could you please let me know where to share or where send the Photographs

  • Vishwas thakkar

    Thank you so much for selecting my pic in National Geographic….. Thanks once again for giving me this honour . With lots of regards….

  • Zvi Civins

    How can I submit a photo?

  • Pranesh K G

    Thanks Steve for picking a couple of my pics

  • Shyam Sundar Nijgal

    Delighted to have my photo included. Great to know many of my friends are on the list too. Congrats everyone. Fabulous images

  • Dr Pradeep Rao

    Great initiative. Congratulations.
    How do I submit my pictures?
    Dr Rao

  • Dr Pradeep Rao

    How do I submit my pictures ?
    Dr Pradeep Rao

  • Rosdiana Azuddin

    The bird mostly I never see. God create very good colour on it. Subhanallah
    Thanks for National Geographic. Keep on that good job

  • Prasad Shinez

    Many people asked how can they submit their entries but no one replied!!!?

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