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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #107

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs. Wild birds can be particularly difficult to photograph, they move quickly and can be shy and cryptic. We therefore especially appreciate the wonderful selection of clear and masterful photographs that are submitted every week! Here we present the best of last weeks selection. 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 follow us on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

Ashy Prinias build woven nests, usually close to a water source. Their nests are heavily predated by snakes, lizards and other predators. Photograph by Gaurav Budhiraja


The Black and orange Flycatcher has a fairly restricted range, occurring only in the western Ghats of India. Habitat destruction is leading to a decline in this flycatcher. Combined with its restricted range makes this species susceptible to extinction, the IUCN has classed this flycatcher as near threatened. Photo by Harish Kumar Kohli


Bluethroats are known to mimic calls of other birds, frogs and crickets. Bluethroats of Asia, Europe and Africa have been recorded mimicking over 50 different birds. Photo by Gaurav Budhiraja


Buffy Fish Owls are nocturnal foragers and during the day will hide out in dark wooded places. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh


The Burrowing Owl is often associated with burrowing animals as they make use of their burrows, some owls will however excavate their own burrows. Photo by Leslie Reagan


The Calliope Hummingbird is native to North and Central America. They breed in north-west North America and spend the winter in Mexico. Photo by Tim Nicol


The Changeable Hawk Eagle occurs in the forests of India and south-east Asia. Unfortunately the Javan population is declining due to deforestation. Photo by Santanu Sarkar


The Chestnut-backed Chickadee occurs along the west coast of North America, these birds are monogamous and apparently breed for life. Photo by Jola Charlton


The Collared Kingfisher varies greatly in plumage across its range, as such it has been further divided into 50 different subspecies. Photo by Kishore Debnath


The Common Kestrel kills its prey by suffocation with its talons. Photo by Harish Kumar Kohli


Coppersmith Barbets eat a variety of fruits and will also take insects. This juvenile was captured by Sourav Mookherjee


Kuntal Das captured this vibrant Asian Green Bee-eater in Kolkata, India


An Indian Roller captured catching a grub. These birds generally forage insects, frogs, mice and other prey off the ground. Photo by Raviraja Ponnuswamy


The Jerdon’s Bushlark is native to the south of India where they prefer open habitats. Photo by Indranil Bhattacharjee


A male and female Khalij Pheasant side by side. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


The Laughing Dove has a mellow cooing call. Photo by Ganesh Rao


An argument between a Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker and a Yellow-eyed Babbler. These were captured by Shantharam Holla on the outskirts of Bangalore


The male Northern Pintails have long mid tail feathers, this is where the name ‘Pintail’ comes from. Photo by Souvik Pal


Here we have a juvenile Painted Stork,  Painted Storks breed in India, just after the monsoons. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastava


The Red-billed Firefinch is native to Africa where they prefer open grassy woodland. This one was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam Mitra


The Red-billed Leiothrix is native to China and the Himalayas. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastava


Black-chinned Yuhinas can be found in broadleaf evergreen forests of China, north India, Vietnam and Myanmar. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi


Diet analyses show that 95% of the Short-eared Owl’s diet consists of small mammals. Photo by Vipin Sharma


Great Grey Shrikes start laying their eggs between March and May. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


Rock Buntings like rocky habitats with sparse vegetation. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastava


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!!

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.
  • Pranesh Kodancha

    Thank you Steve for picking one of my pics

  • Ariel yamid Monsalve Beltrán

    Quiero que compartan todo lo relacionado con National geographic

    • Hi there. You can post them directly to the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption. Good luck!

  • Sandipan Ghosh

    Mr. Steve Boyes…
    Thanks a lot for selecting my snap of Buffy Fish owl….

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