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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #111

Wild Bird Trust presents the 111th Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week. Each one of these birds has their own unique life history. There are birds that migrate and those that are resident, birds that scavenge carrion and birds that eat nectar, birds that are active at night and those that are diurnal. The diversity that exists in the different life histories is truly amazing. These photographs allows us to take a glimpse into the life of each one of these birds. We are most grateful to every photographer who shared their ‘glimpses’ 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!

 

Barn Swallows catch prey on the wing. Their diet varies depending on where they are and the time of year. During the breeding season, Barn Swallows prey mainly on large flies which sustain them through courtship, laying and caring for chicks. Photo by Sudipto Roy

 

The Besra is a raptor species occurring in India, south-east Asia and Australasia. You cannot see it in this photograph but adult Besras have a rich rufous breast. Photo by Vishal Monakar

 

Two Blue-tailed Bee-eaters with prey, posing perfectly! Photo by Shyam Sundar Nijgal

 

The brightly coloured feathers on this Calliope Hummingbirds neck are called a gorget. This gorget seems to function as an aid for territory displays in males. Photo by Tim Nicol

 

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters are gregarious birds, groups will carve out individual burrows in sandy banks, where pairs will then lay and care for their eggs. Photo by Sudipto Roy

 

A Black-tailed Godwit in flight. This Godwit is in non-breeding plumage. During the breeding season the adults have striking rufous necks. Photo by Souvik Pal

 

Male Common Kestrels are smaller than females, weighing on average around 30 grams less. Photo by Paneendra BA

 

Eurasian Hobbys breed across Eurasia in the northern summer and then over-winter in sub-Saharan Africa. Their migration can be remarkably quick, with Hobbys flying up to 1200km in 2 days. Photo by Suketu Purohit

 

Eurasian Wrynecks really are the masters of camouflage! Photo by Soumya Chakraborty

 

European Goldfinches are regular visitors at bird feeders. Photo by Radhakrishnan Sadasivam

 

Indian Peafowls eat plant matter, and occasionally insects. This female was photographed in Bandipur by Charumathy Venkatraman

 

A beautiful Golden-crowned Kinglet photographed in Illinois by Emil Baumbach

 

The Great Bustard can be found in open grassy plains. This habitat is actively threatened by the intensification of agriculture. As a result this species has been listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. Photo by Lennart Hessel

 

An Asian Green Bee-eater captured magnificently in flight. Photo by Amitava Ganguly

 

Griffon and Cinereous Vultures captured in Pakistan by Wasif Yaqeen

 

The bill of the Great Hornbill is only full formed when they are about 5 years old. Photo by Pradyut Das

 

The Jungle Bush Quail occurs only in India and some parts of Sri Lanka. Photo by Ganesh Rao

 

A beautiful little Mountain Chickadee, photographed in Republic, Washington by Tim Nicol

 

In the Himalayas the Orange-bellied Leafbird will descend to lower altitudes during the winter to look for food. Photo by Vishal Monakar

 

Plaintive Cuckoos are brood parasites, they prefer to lay their eggs in nests that are dome shaped with narrow entrances like those of the Plain Prinia. Photo by Sudipto Roy

 

Short-eared Owls have a wide range, occurring over much of the northern hemisphere. Photo by Suketu Purohit

 

During the breeding season male Southern Grey Shrikes impale their prey in a single conspicuous location to show off their prowess to the females. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastava

 

Streak-throated Swallows do not migrate great distances like other swallow species but do undertake short local movements. Photo by Indranil Bhattacharjee

 

A Stiolated Bunting mid-song in Pune, India. Photo by Pratik Humnabadkar

 

Temminck’s Stint breed in the taiga marshes of Europe and 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 delivering 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/2017/10/20/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-110/

 

 

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.
  • Nandita Bhattacharya

    Fabulous selection!!

  • Hemal A. Jadav

    Very beautiful birds and many congratulations to all whom photos are selected

  • Suheel Pandita

    At Suketu Purohit : Really Boss amazing clicks, super photography. Loved both the pictures.

  • Ayush Rajotia

    How can i send photographs?

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