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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #110

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s selection for the Top 25. This week we have some well-known birds such as the Greater Flamingo and some birds that few have seen, such as the Rock Ptarmigan. The beauty of bird photography is that these sightings, common and rare, can be shared with the global birding community....

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s selection for the Top 25. This week we have some well-known birds such as the Greater Flamingo and some birds that few have seen, such as the Rock Ptarmigan. The beauty of bird photography is that these sightings, common and rare, can be shared with the global birding community. We thank every photographer who made this possible by sharing their photographs with us. 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 Asian Barred Owlet captured beautifully in its preferred woodland habitat. Photo by Amit Srivastava


You will often hear the distinctive call of the Bald Eagle in American films. Photo by Leslie Reagan


Collared Kingfishers will usually raise two broods each breeding season. This kingfisher was photographed in India by Ambar Chakraborty


Common Kingfishers have a wide range over Europe and Asia. Birds living in the temperate regions do not migrate but those living in areas which regularly reach freezing point, will migrate south for the winter. Photo by Kuntal Das


The Dark-eyed Junco is distributed across North America and Canada. This curious bird was photographed in Washington state by Tim Nicol


The Eurasian Hobby will mostly catch insects and occasionally birds and bats. One particularly skilful Eurasian Hobby was observed catching 6 bats from a colony in flight in a space of 10 minutes. Photo by Sanjay Dutt Sharma


The Flame-throated Bulbul can only be found in the Western Ghats of India, a region renowned for its avian biodiversity. Photo by Shyam Sundar Nijgal


Juvenile Greater Flamingoes, like this one, are grey but they will develop rich pink plumage as they mature. This colouration comes from the carotenoid pigments within the algae and crustaceans that they eat.  Photo by Zafer Tekin


The Grey Bushchat will often have their nests parasitized by the Common Cuckoo. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh


A Greater Flamingo scouting for food, they have a varied diet consisting of aquatic invertebrates, algae and plant matter. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


The Loten’s Sunbird is known to ‘steal’ nectar from flowers. This means that they puncture the base of the flower to get the nectar rather than reaching into the flower’s opening. This is considered ‘stealing’ as the flower does not get the benefit of pollination when the sunbird feeds from it in this way. Photo by Saswat Mishra


The Northern Lapwing inhabits a wide variety of open habitats, including wetlands and agricultural land. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


An Osprey captured in action. Ospreys have powerful talons and spiny foot pads which help them to catch slippery fish. Photo by Amitava Ganguly


Painted Francolins seem to time their breeding with the rainy season. The females lay their eggs in a scrape on the ground. Photo by Narahari Kanike


Palm Tanagers are often found in areas with a high density of palms. Photo by Owen Deutsch


The Pied Avocet has a distinctly up-curved bill. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari


Pine Siskins often have their nests parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbirds. Photo by Tim Nicol


The vibrant Purple-rumped Sunbird occurs only in India. They are very active birds, fleeting from bush to bush to feed on nectar and insects. Photo by Sushil Khekare


A female Purple Sunbird about to probe a flower for nectar. Photo by Kuntal Das


During the non-breeding season, Red-rumped Swallows roost in reed beds. Photo by Ganesh Rao


During the winter Rock Ptarmigans have completely white plumage and during the summer their plumage is brown, this allows them ample camouflage in the tundra habitats they inhabit. Photo by Michal Richter


A male Rufous Hummingbird in flight. Females look quite different to the males, with a paler breast and a green back. Photo by Tim Nicol


The Sarus Crane is considered vulnerable to extinction due to the extent to which their wetland habitats have been transformed. Photo by Suketu Purohit


A Terek Sandpiper foraging in the sand for invertebrates and crustaceans. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman


The Yellow-bellied Prinia is fairly common in reedbed and grassy habitats of south-east Asia. Photo by Souvik Pal


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.

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