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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #93

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week! Thank you to all the photographers for contributing your work and please keep your beautiful photographs coming! Please share the blog, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and most of all, check out the brand new Wild Bird Trust...

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week!

Thank you to all the photographers for contributing your work and please keep your beautiful photographs coming! Please share the blog, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and most of all, check out the brand new Wild Bird Trust website!


Whitebreasted Cormorants rely heavily on freshwater ecosystems. Photo by Owen Deutsch Photography
Spotted Owlets have adapted to human landscape and are often found in cities and farmlands. Photo by Santhosh Palaniswamy‎.
A intricate close-up of a Rock Dove. Photo by Subhrojit Dey.
Lagger Falcon habitat in Madurai is threatened by extensive quarrying. Photo by Chandrashekar Sundaram‎
Fire tailed Myzornis can be found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar and Nepal. Photo by Subrato Sanyal‎.
Lappet-faced vultures are real love birds and they are incredibly shy with the courtship behavior. Photo by Munish Raja‎.
Striped Kingfishers don’t fish. They eat insects and spiders. Photo by Andrew Keys‎.
Female Monals may be less flashy than their male counterparts but are no less beautiful. Photo by Santanu Sarkar
Forster Tern mates meet air to water. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎.
Common Loon chicks can swim right after hatching but they do take rests on their parents’ backs. Photo by Tim Nicol.

We can only wonder what the conversation between these two might be. A Red Whiskered Bulbul and a Coppersmith Barbet share a moment. Photo by Nagaraj Chindanur‎
The Hooded Vulture is critically endangered and also quite elusive – little is known about their habits and breeding behavior. Photo by Edwin Godinho.
A White Pelican beautifully captured in Kanpur India by Akshay Gupta‎.
The Red Crossbill’s strongly designed beak allows it to get into tightly closed cones to access the nutritious seeds. Photo by Jola Whisenant Charlton‎
The White bellied blue flycatcher is endemic to the Western Ghats. Photo by Nagaraj Chindanur‎.
The Oriental Pratincole population is estimated at 2.8 million birds. Photo by Sudipto Roy
Indian Paradise Flycatchers are socially monogamous and both parents build the nest, incubate the edges and feed the young. Photo by Gautam Mohapatra‎
Black-tailed Godwits flighting over a potential mate. Photo by Arijit Mondal‎.
Plate-billed mountain toucans are found in the western foothills of the Andes of Ecuador Colombia. Photo by Alejandro Gonzalez T‎.
The Greater adjutant stork is threatened by habitat destruction but determined conservationists are saving the species one tree, and one village at a time Photo by Asim Haldar‎
A Greater Yellownape launches from its tree cavity nest. Photo by Radhakrishnan Sadasivam‎
The European Bee-eater is strongly migratory. They breed in Europe and North Africa and winter in tropical Africa. Photo by Carlo Galliani‎
A Brahminy Kite caught in take-off. Photo by Soumik Biswas.
Booted Racket-tail Hummingbirds are found in mid-elevation woodlands from Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia. Photo by Alejandro Gonzalez Terrazas.

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!!

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Steve Boyes
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.