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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #96

Here is this week’s selection of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos of the week! And what a selection they are! A big thank you to everyone who submitted photographs, keep up the good work. To be in the running for next week’s top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species,...

Here is this week’s selection of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos of the week! And what a selection they are! A big thank you to everyone who submitted photographs, keep up the good work. To be in the running for next week’s top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption. Also check out our selection of photos on our twitter (@wildbirdrev) and instagram(@wildbirdtrust) pages.  Enjoy!

These young Burrowing Owls live underground in burrows dug out by other creatures like prairie dogs. These were photographed in southern California, USA by Leslie Reagan


Wire-tailed swallow. There are two sub species of this swallow, this is the Asian sub-species Hirundo smithii filifera, the other sub-species H.s. smithii occurs in Africa. Photographed by Manoj K. Bind


These Whiskered Terns can migrate up to 8000 kilometres to breed. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury


Whinchats breed in Europe and over-winter in central Africa. Photo by Jörg Asmus


Paternity appears unimportant for Western Bluebirds. A study found 45% of males to be tending nests of young that were not theirs. Photo by Jola Chartlon


The preferred habitat of the Swallow-tailed Kite are woodlands and wooded wetlands. Photo by Melissa Penta


These Spotted Owlets have adapted to living in cities. Photo by Hardik Rathod


Spotted Nutcrackers mate for life. Photo by Rajesh Chaube


The colorful Small Niltava is found in India and south-east Asia. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


Secretarybirds are endemic to Africa. This one was photographed in Tanzania by Edwin Godinho


The Ruddy Turnstone likes to breed in open tundra habitat. Photo by Melissa Penta


The Red-billed Tropicbird has tail streamers which are around twice their body length. Photo by Christopher Ciccone


Red Avadavat’s have become popular in the pet trade because of their bright plumage. Photo by Shishir Saksena


Fisherman have been known to use the presence of these Spot-billed Pelicans to find certain species of fish. Photo by Santanu Sarkar


These Little Ringed Plovers breed in open gravel habitats. Photo by Zahran CR


The Indian Stone Curlew is native to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Photo by Asim Haldar


The Indian Roller is the state bird in many states of India. Photo by Sanjeev Kapadia


A Greater Flamingo in captivity lived over 60 years. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe


The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is endemic to South Africa. Photo by F Cotterill


The Flame-throated Bulbul is found in south-western India. Photo by Sudipta Chakraborty


The Eastern Cattle Egret gets its name from its association with cattle, they follow cattle to catch the insects that are kicked up from the grass. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury


Small birds are known to mob Brown Fish Owls when they are roosting in trees. Photo by Ashwath Pandi


The Black-naped Monarch has been known to be caught in orb-web Spider webs. Photo by Avinash Sharma


Bay-backed Shrikes impale their prey on sharp points. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan


Anna’s Hummingbird is one of the most common birds on the west of the US. Photo by Teri Franzen

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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.