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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #89

The Wild Bird Trust presents the 89th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. Thanks again for all your photo contributions.  Some really interesting Wild Bird photos this week ranging from African Penguins to Whiskered Terns. To submit your photo for selection in the Top 25, please post your image on the...

The Wild Bird Trust presents the 89th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”.

Thanks again for all your photo contributions.  Some really interesting Wild Bird photos this week ranging from African Penguins to Whiskered Terns.

To submit your photo for selection in the Top 25, please post your image on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page with details on species, location and photographer.

The slaty-headed parakeet has a wide range throughout the Himalayas. Photo by Dhairya Jhaveri‎
The Shrikes’ genus name, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for “butcher”, and some shrikes are also known as “butcher birds” because of their feeding habits. Photo by Gesudraz Ataullah
There are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets left in the USA and are classified as Threatened. Photo by Leslie Reagan
Some amazing colors of this Copper-throated sunbird from the tropical mangrove forests in Malaysia. Photo by Jay Shah
The African penguin is the only penguin that breeds in Africa and is only found on 24 islands on the south-western coast of Africa. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎
Like all storks, the Painted Stork flies with its neck outstretched. Photo by Shishir Saksena
The Eurasian Spoonbill is mostly a silent bird. Even at their breeding colonies the main sounds are bill snapping, occasional deep grunting and occasional trumpeting noises. Photo by Paneendra BA
The Eurasian teal is commonly found in sheltered wetlands and feeds on seeds and aquatic invertebrates. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh
Mississippi kites nest in colonies and both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young. Photo by Jola Whisenant Charlton‎
The Crested Lark nests in small depressions in the ground, often in wastelands and on the outskirts of towns. Photo by Rajesh Chaube‎
The Fire Tailed Myzornis’ natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Montane ecosystems refers to any ecosystem found in mountains. Photo by Tapas Chattopadhyay
The whiskered tern feeds on small fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans. Photo by Tanmoy Das
Female Grey-headed fish eagles are heavier than males at 2.3–2.7 kg compared to 1.6 kg. Photo by Susmita Datta‎
The Tawny Eagle breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen
Pied oystercatcher feed mainly on bivalve molluscs, not so much on oysters as the name suggests. Photo by Ashvij Putta
The Nazca Booby occurs in the eastern Pacific from the islands in Baja California to the Galapagos. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen
The Little Bee-eater reaches a length of 15–17 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Photo by Steve Catt
The Rufous hummingbird supports its body weight during hovering primarily by wing downstrokes rather than by upstrokes. Photo by Tim Nicol
A beautiful Stripe-throated Yuhina. Photo by Anirban Mitra
The black-necked stilt is a abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. Photo by Teri Franzen
The mating display of the the great egret. It is generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range, occurring worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Photo by Jola Whisenant Charlton‎
Bar-headed geese have a slightly larger wing area for their weight than other geese, which is believed to help them fly at high altitudes. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen
The common rosefinch or scarlet rosefinch is the most widespread and  the most common rosefinch of Asia and Europe. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh
A Herring Gull and it’s lunch. Photo by Anupam Khanna
The Great Indian Hornbill’s impressive size and colour have made it important figure in many tribal cultures. Photo by Sankha Adhikari

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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.