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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #100

The Wild Bird Trust presents the hundredth Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! Over the past 100 weeks, 25 000 top class photographs have been showcased from around the world, well done to everyone! Your photographs bring awareness to the amazing diversity of wild birds across the globe. To be considered for next week’s Top 25...

The Wild Bird Trust presents the hundredth Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! Over the past 100 weeks, 25 000 top class photographs have been showcased from around the world, well done to everyone! Your photographs bring awareness to the amazing diversity of wild birds across the globe. To be considered for next week’s Top 25 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.


The female Andean Emerald Hummingbird is solely responsible for building the nest and caring for the chicks. Photographed in Colombia by Owen Deutsch


The Barn Owl was introduced to the island of Hawaii, Kauai to control rodents but they also kill local birds. Photo by Shekhar Mandal


Black-tailed Godwits are near-threatened due to loss of nesting habitat. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


Grey-headed Canary-flycatchers breed in broad-leaved forests. Photo by Ravalnath Joshi


The Himalayan Vulture is the second largest old world vulture, after the Cinereous vulture. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


This incredibly well camouflaged Jungle Nightjar lays its eggs in a bare patch on the ground. Photo by Pinakin Patel


Unlike many other rollers, the Indian Roller does not migrate long-distance. Photo by Vishal MÓnakar‎


The Indigo Bunting is sexually dimorphic, males like this one are bright blue while females are dull brown. Photo by Jack Catalina


The Keel-billed Toucan is native to South America. This one was photographed in Jamaica by Leslie Reagan


The Lilac-breasted Roller uses the ‘sit and wait’ technique to catch prey, watching from the top of trees. Photographed in Tanzania by Sahasrangshu Choudhury


Little Grebes are generally found in freshwater habitats but they have also been known to use saltwater pans and estuaries. Photo by Saswat Mishra


The Little Ringed Plover breeds in Eurasia and overwinters in Africa. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


The Northern Shoveler breeds across much of northern hemisphere. Photo by Ayan Guin


The Orange-flanked Bush-robin occurs across much of Asia, its population is increasing westward. Photo by Zahran CR


The Oriental Honey Buzzard’s migration is supported by winds over the East China Sea, these winds could be weakened by climate change, making their migration more difficult. Photo by Ämbar Chakraborty


The Osprey occurs on all continents except Antarctica. Photo by Prakash Sahoo


Red-billed Leiothrix are native to southern China and the Himalayas. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


The Red-crowned Parakeet is native to New Zealand where it is threatened by non-native predators. Photo by Tony Stodard


Fish make up 99% of the diet of the Osprey. Photo by Sathya Vagale


The Scaly-feathered Finch is native to southern Africa. Photo by Brian Culver


The Shikra is favoured by falconers in India and Pakistan. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


The Stellar’s Sea Eagle is listed as vulnerable, one of the factors contributing to their decline is overfishing. Photo by Mohit Kumar Ghatak


During the breeding season Terek Sandpipers feed mainly on larval midges and seeds. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman


Wilson’s Phalaropes have lobed toes. Photo by Emil Baumbach


The Yellow-wattled Lapwing is endemic to India. Photo by Sailkat Banik

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.