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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #98

The Wild Bird Trust is proud to present this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! This week features a diverse range of species from India to Indonesia to the USA, thank you to all who submitted. To be in the running for next week’s top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page wall with species, location...

The Wild Bird Trust is proud to present this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! This week features a diverse range of species from India to Indonesia to the USA, thank you to all who submitted. To be in the running for next week’s top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page wall with species, location and photographer as the caption. Check out our twitter (@wildbirdrev) and instagram (@wildbirdtrust) pages for a showcase of the previous weeks Top 25.
The Barn Owl is the most widespread terrestrial bird species. Photo by Chandan Podder


Both male and female Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters care for the eggs. Photo by Farrukh Zafar


Brahminy Starlings roost communally in trees, often with other species like mynas. Photo by Debanshu Mukherjee


Brown Pelicans are able to stay buoyant in water due to air sacs under their skin and in their bones. Photo by Leslie Reagan


The Eastern Cattle Egret helps cattle by eating ticks and flies off of them. Photo by Saswat Mishra


Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse live in arid regions and are known to travel 80km a day in search of water. Photo by Panthera Tigris


Common Hawk Cuckoos are brood parasites, they prefer babblers as hosts. Photo by Avinash Sharma


Male Common Kestrels bring provisions to the female when she is incubating the eggs. Photo by Suketu Purohit


The Elegant Pitta is native to Indonesia. This one was photographed in Lombok by Mohit Kumar Ghatak


The Eurasian Wryneck gets its name from its ability to rotate its neck almost 180 degrees. Photo by Santanu Sarkar


The European Starling is native to Europe and Asia but has been introduced to many countries across the globe. This one was photographed in Ohio by Donald Bauman


The Glossy Ibis is the most widespread ibis species. Photo by Manoj K Bind


The Golden-breasted Fulvetta has a decreasing population but it is not declining fast enough to be listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya


Grey-headed Canary-flycatchers live in leafy forests and are known to form mixed species foraging flocks. Photo by Sanjay Sen


Jungle Owlets hunt just before sunrise and during the evening. Photo by Vijayendra Desai


Rufous Hummingbirds are native to the western parts of the United States. Photo by Jola Charlton


The Pied Kingfisher excavates a hole in a mud bank to nest in. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh


River Terns are declining due to pollution of their habitat. Photo by Tahir Abbas Awan


Ruddy Shelducks are considered sacred by Buddhists. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


The Rufous Treepie forms part of the crow family, as such they are highly adaptable and opportunistic. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman


Scaly-breasted Munia feed on seeds and berries. Photo by Tapas Kundu


Spotted Owlet nests near human habitation have higher success rates, possibly because there are higher concentrations of rodents. Photo by Aru Prasad


The Wire-tailed Swallow makes a cup shaped nest lined with mud. Photo by Nelson George


In parts of India Yellow-eyed Babblers are known as ‘gulab chashm’ which means yellow spectacles. Photo by Bhargab-Mukherjee


Oriental Magpie-robins are often found close to human settlements. Photo by Nitin A Chavan

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.