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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #102

Here we have the top 25 Wild Bird Photographs for this week. Photographing birds can be especially challenging and we commend all the photographers on their amazing work in capturing these beautiful creatures, keep it up! If you would like to be considered for next week’s Top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page wall...

Here we have the top 25 Wild Bird Photographs for this week. Photographing birds can be especially challenging and we commend all the photographers on their amazing work in capturing these beautiful creatures, keep it up! If you would like 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 more Wild Bird updates!

The Bar-tailed Godwit is known to take the longest non-stop flight in its migration from the Arctic to Eurasia and Australia. Photo by Jaidevsinh Rathod


The Black-rumped Flameback adapts well to urban areas. Photo by Amit Prasad


The Blue Rock Thrush is the national bird of the island Malta. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


The Blue-fronted Redstart breeds in central China and the Himalayas. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh


The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is closely related to the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty


The Crimson-rumped Toucanet is native to the rainforests of Venezuela and Ecuador. Photo by Suraj Ramamurthy


The Asian Emerald Dove spends much of its time on the ground, foraging. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


The European Bee-eater seems to be extending its breeding range northwards into Great Britain, Finland and Sweden. Photo by Carlo Galliani


The Green-tailed Sunbird is native to the mountain forests of India and South-east Asia. Photo by Kanchan Kumar Basu


Himalayan Bulbuls are strongly territorial during breeding. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


The timing of Indian Cormorant’s breeding is dependent on rainfall. Photo by Manoj Bind


Indian Rollers are known to feed along roadsides, as a result they often get killed by cars. Photo by Saikat Banik


This female Malabar Trogon is much duller than the male which has a crimson breast and black head. Photo by Zameerpasha Junaidi


Himalayan vultures are susceptible to poisoning by eating livestock which have been treated with the drug Diclofenac. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


White eyes are a widespread group occurring in Africa, south-east Asia and Australian. This Oriental White eye is one of the Asian species. Photo by Vipek Tripathi


The Pied Avocet stopped breeding in Great Britain in 1840 but re-established a population in 1947. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


The Atlantic Puffin returns to where it was hatched to breed. Photo by Antonis Tsaknakis


Purple Sunbirds feed mainly on nectar but will supplement their diet with insects. Photo by Achintya Das


The Red-headed Bunting breeds in central Asia and over-winters in India. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


The Rüppell’s Vulture is listed as critically endangered, mainly due to poisoning. Photo by Vipin Sharma


The Spotted Owlet breeds between November and April. Photo by Saikat Banik


The Venezuelan Troupial is the national bird of Venezuela. Photo by Raymond De Jesús Asencio


The Ultramarine Flycatcher usually lays 4 eggs. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan


The Spotted Owlet shows great variation in size. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


The Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii) is named after the Norwegian biologist Christen Smith. Photo by Palash Thakkar

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.