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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 photographs. Each of these images captures a single moment of these birds’ lives, foraging, drinking, flying, swimming and hunting. We thank every photographer who spent time in nature capturing these moments so that we can marvel and wonder at a day in the life of one of these birds.

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 for regular updates and on Instagram for our feature on a different group of birds every day!

An Eastern Imperial Eagle in flight. This eagle is vulnerable to extinction due to intensive forestry in the breeding grounds of Asia and Europe. Photo by Suketu Purohit

 

A Purple Sunbird captured probing for nectar. Photo by Suvadip Mondal

 

Grey Crowned Cranes are reliant on wetlands for breeding. They will mainly breed during the raining season, laying between one and four eggs. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen

 

This White-winged Dove was photographed in Yucatan, Mexico by Owen Deutsch. This species is well adapted to urbanisation and as a result its range has increased in the southern parts of America.

 

This striking bird is a White-fronted Chat, they can only be found in the south of Australia. Photograph by Radhakrishnan Sadasivam

 

A close up of a European Roller. European Rollers breed in Europe and then migrate to sub-Saharan Africa for the northern winter. Photo by Sushil Khekare

 

Verditer Flycatchers have a striking blue plumage. Blue feathers are different to red and yellow feathers as the colour is not produced by pigments, but rather by the way the light refracts off the feather. Photograph by Vishal Monakar

 

The Asian Koel is closely related to the cuckoos and like the cuckoos will lay their eggs in another species nest. In India, House Crows and Jungle Crows are the main hosts of Asian Koel chicks. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi

 

The Bluethroat was first described in 1758 by the famous zoologist and botanist Carl Linnaeus. Photo by Souvik Pal

 

Here we have a Eurasian Siskin, a seed-eating bird which can be found across much of Europe and the eastern parts of Asia. This one was photographed in Finland by Samuel Bloch

 

Mongolian Finches fly to waterbodies at dawn and at dusk to drink. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh

 

A Common Kingfisher on the look-out for prey. Photo by Souvik Basu

 

Blue Rock Thrushes breed on steep cliffs. Photo by Kamlesh Mirkale

 

Brahminy Starlings are omnivores, they eat both insects and plant matter. Photo by Gaurav Budhiraja

 

This European Bee-eater has just caught a dragonfly, bees and dragonflies make up the majority of this species diet. Photo by Christian Bagnol

 

This Indian Black-lored Tit was photographed in Uttarakhand by Vishal Monakar

 

The Mallard duck is native to the northern hemisphere but has been introduced into multiple countries. In some countries, like South Africa, it is a threat to local ducks as mallards hybridize with local species. Photo by Paneendra BA.

 

This colourful Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher was photographed in Guhager, India by Gurukrushna Ghate

 

Ruddy Shelducks prefer brackish waterbodies to freshwater. Photo by Kushal Sharma

 

Rufous-tailed Larks are found only in India, usually in dry open habitats. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastav

 

During the breeding season, Sanderlings inhabit tundra habitats. Photo by Sujoy Sarkar

 

A Siberian Stonechat with prey. Photo by Nishant Chauhan

 

The Gray Jay is distributed across much of Canada and the northern parts of the United States. This one was photographed in Washington by Tim Nicol

 

Two Common Kingfishers having a territorial disagreement. Territories are generally in the range of one kilometre in size. Photo by Sanjay Dutt Sharma

 

The Black-capped Chickadee is the provincial bird of New Brunswick, Canada. Photo by Jola Charlton

 

Thank you to everyone who shared their stunning photographs with us and congratulations to everyone who made it to the Top 25 this week. 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 for regular updates and on Instagram for our feature on a different group of birds every day!

 

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!!

 

https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2017/10/06/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-108/

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.
  • Puvender Singh GHNP

    Nice

  • Manish Sitlani

    I have been submitting Bird pictures, oftenly. Hoping to make to Top 25.

  • Vishal Monakar

    Thank you so much National Geographic, Wild Bird Trust, Steve Boyes & Christie Craig

  • Beatriz Cortés

    Excelente photos! I have a question. Is the last photo a Willow Tit? Is the same Black capped chickadee? Thanks

  • Vijay Patil

    How do I submit bird photograph in this forum ??? Please let me know the link

  • Gurukrishna Ghate

    Thank you very much for selecting me photograph in the top 25 list.

  • michhaince

    how can see a Compton bird

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