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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #92

Here it is, the 92nd edition of the Wild Bird Trust’s “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! All the photographs in this section have been submitted to our Facebook page by talented bird photographers from around the world. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the selection and for sharing your love of birds. Please share this blog to encourage others to join the Wild Bird! Revolution!

Slaty-headed parakeets exhibit altitudinal migration; they move down to the warmer valleys of the Himalayas for the chilly winter. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh.
Although Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feed mostly on nectar, they are also known to feed on insects. Photo by Michiel Oversteegen.
A Purple Heron caught just before take-off. Photo by Arijit Mondal‎.
A young Peregrine Falcon comes in to land on its home cliff. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎.
A tiny Black-winged Stilt chick explores the big, wide world. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎.
A duo of Oriental White-eyes battle it out in mid-air. Photo by Nagaraj Chindanur‎.
The largest colony of Griffon Vultures is in Spain. Photo by Carlo Galliani‎.
A fluster of Cape Parrots captures in King Williams Town, South Africa. There are only about 1000 of these birds left in the wild. Photo by Rodnick Clifton Biljon‎.
Crested Caracaras belong to the family Falconidae, but unlike falcons, they are rather sluggish flyers and often scavengers. Photo by Sambath Subbaiah‎.
A Common Kingfisher shakes off after a dive in Amravati, Maharashtra. Photo by Rahul Gupta‎
Common Hawk Cuckoos are brood parasites – they lay their eggs in the nests of babblers. Photo by Ravalnath Joshi‎
Cedar Waxwings are so-called because of the red waxy secretion that is sometimes found on their secondary feathers. Photo by Suraj Ramamurthy.
The Egyptian Vulture is an important member of the “clean up crew” without whom, the landscape would be a much messier place. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
The Blue Jay is. a common sight in Central Park, New York City. Photo by Shu-Ti Chiou‎.
A beautiful portrait of a Black Kite in West Bengal by Suvadip Mondal‎.
Asian Paradise Flycatchers will often build their nests near to a pair of Drongos who will keep predators away. Photo by Sudipto Roy.
A Pied Kingfisher is chased by a Black Drongo in Cuttack, India. Photo by Sujoy Dasgupta‎.
This close-up of a Greater Flamingo illustrates the unique structure of their filter-feeding bills. Photo by Sudipta Chakraborty.
Great Knots are endangered because of destruction of their “stop-over” habitat. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman.
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker. feeds on fruit and plays an important role in seed dispersal. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra.
The Khaleej Pheasant is an invasive alien species in Hawaii because it spreads the seeds of invasive plants. Photo by Arun Samak‎.
A Long-eared Owl feels the winter chill in Italy. Photo by Carlo Galliani‎.
The Bateleur Eagle is also known as the Short-tailed Eagle. Photo by Munish Raja‎.
Northern Shovelers use their “shovel-like” bill to forage for aquatic invertebrates. Photo by Nitin Madan‎.
A heavenly moment of an Egret in the Camargue captured by Christian Bagnol Photography.

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!!

https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2017/06/09/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-91/

 

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.
  • Sivakumar

    I am a wild life photographer and birdwatcher, happy to see your awesome images.

  • Pranesh Kodancha

    Thanks Steve for selecting my image……..

  • Amit Bharadwaj

    Beautiful photographs
    How can I share /post my clicks here.

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