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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #99

The Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! A big thank you to all who submitted, as usual it was a difficult job choosing which would make the top 25. Next week marks the 100th week running of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos. To be in the running you can submit...

The Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! A big thank you to all who submitted, as usual it was a difficult job choosing which would make the top 25. Next week marks the 100th week running of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos. To be in the running you can submit photographs on the Facebook page wall with species, location and photographer as the caption. Have a look at our twitter (@wildbirdrev) and instagram (@wildbirdtrust) pages for a showcase of the previous weeks Top 25.

American White Pelican colonies are occasionally poisoned when people use pesticides in close proximity to their habitat. Photo by Emil Baumbach


Arctic Terns undertake the longest migration in the animal kingdom, the longest being 91 000km. Photo by Anthony Roberts


The Black-rumped Flameback is native to India and parts of Pakistan. Photo by Sathya Vagale


When rodents are plentiful, Black-winged Kites breed prolifically. Photo by Vipul Patel


The Black-winged Stilt has the longest legs in the animal kingdom, in relation to its body size. Photo by Nishant Vyas


There is much debate around the taxonomy of the Black-throated Parrotbill. Experts recognize 10 sub-species within this species. Photo by Swarnendu Biswas


The Common Kestrel occurs in Europe, Asia and Africa. Photo by Tapas Kundu


Green-winged Pytilia generally have a red face but this uncommon yellow morph has a yellow face. This was photographed in Kimberley, South Africa by Brian Culver


Indian Coursers choose habitats where the grass is not taller than them, else their view is obstructed. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan


The Indian Peafowl is the national bird of India. Photo by Harshad Nehate


The call of the Indian Spot-billed Duck is very similar to that of the Mallard. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


The Isabelline Wheatear breeds in Russia and central Asia, migrating to Africa and India for the winter. Photo by Nitin Madan


This is a female Indian Peafowl, called a peahen. This species has been introduced to many countries across the globe. Photo by Bidyut De


The Javan Banded Pitta is native to Indonesia and its preferred habitat is moist lowland forest. Photo by Mohit Kumar Ghatak


This juvenile Eurasian Dotterel was raised by its father, the females are not involved in rearing chicks. Photo by Jörg Asmus


The Klaas’s Cuckoo is known to be a brood parasite of at least 18 different species. Photo by Fenton Cotterill


This juvenile Lesser Flamingo lacks the pink colouration of the adults. Photo by Jaidevsinh Rathod


Breeding Paddyfield Pipits may pretend to be injured to put off predators. Photo by Ämbar Chakraborty


The Red-whiskered Bulbul, native to Asia, was successfully introduced to Australia in 1880. Photo by Kamal Hari Menon


The Short-eared Owl occurs on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Photo by Vipin Sharma


The Siberian Stonechat’s scientific name, Saxicola maurus, means ‘dark rock dweller’. Photo by Debanshu Mukherjee


The Verditer Flycatcher forages above the forest canopy. Photo by Sujoy Dasgupta


The White-throated Bee-eater breeds in the semi-desert habitats of the Sahara and then completely switches habitat during the winter to the equatorial rainforest of Africa. Photo by Caroline Muchekehu.


The Wood Stork is the only stork which breeds in North America. Photo by Leslie Reagan


The Yellow Bittern breeds in reed beds. Photo by Tahir Abbas Awan


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 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.