Wildlife & Wild Places

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #117

Here we present the Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the week. Each of these photographs depicts one bird in one moment. But none of these birds exist in isolation, they each live within an amazing community of other species. Every one of these species is impacted in some way by a host of other birds, plants, reptiles, insects or mammals (including humans!). And these relationships are not static, they are constantly evolving. We thank every photographer who took the time to photograph a moment in these birds’ lives. These photographs open our eyes to the lives of these birds and allow us to ponder the many interactions that they experience every day.

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When birds use the same habitat and same food sources, one will often outcompete the other. In North America this White-breasted Nuthatch would theoretically compete with the very similar, Pygmy Nuthatch. However these two birds have found a way to live alongside one another, research shows that Pygmy Nuthatches forage in the upper branches of trees while White-breasted Nuthatches forage in the lower branches (Jola Charlton)

 

An Indian Roller beautifully captured by Goutam Mitra

 

This Black-capped Kingfisher was photographed in Sunderbans, a coastal reserve in India. At low tide these coastal birds will prey on crabs scurrying along the sand (Subhendu Khanra)

 

A breath-taking capture of a Bald Eagle along the coast of Nova Scotia (Larry Kelly)

 

The Black Drongo is a very good mimic, they copy the alarm calls of other bird species to cause birds to drop their prey (Vaidehi Gunjal)

 

A Verditer Flycatcher photographed in Sattal, India by Yogesh Kumar

 

A Blue-tailed Bee-eater with prey in Mysore, India. Blue-tailed Bee-eaters often prey upon stinging insects such as wasps, hornets and honeybees, once caught they will rub the sting against a branch to remove it (Shyam Sundar Nijgal)

 

Common Ioras occur in India and south-east Asia. They do very well in suburbs and other transformed areas such as plantations and orchards (Avinash Sharma)

 

Here we have an Anna’s Hummingbird. They occur along the west coast of North America, although in recent years they have begun to move further south-east during the winter (Subhrajit Chatterjee)

 

The Black-crowned Night Heron is an incredibly widespread species, they occur on every continent other than the polar regions and Australasia (Souvik Pal)

 

An Orange-headed Thrush taking a bath in Dandeli, India (Rajiv Basu)

 

Egyptian Vultures are highly dependent on humans for food, these include food sources such as livestock carcasses and human waste (Zafer Tekin)

 

A European Bee-eater showing off the many shades of blue, red and yellow in its plumage (Carlo Galliani)

 

The Gadwall is one of the species which has benefitted from humans modifying the landscape, they often make use of dams and waterbodies which have become eutrophic (Mukesh Mishra)

 

Great Barbets eat mainly fruits but they will take insects. They have been observed hunting for insects much like hawks, hovering from above and dropping down to catch them (Shantharam Holla)

 

The Greater Crested Tern occurs along the coasts, islands and reefs of Australasia and Africa. This one was photographed along the west coast of India by Ganesh Rao

 

An Indian Roller captured in flight by Avdhut Kanago. This picture really captures the beautiful shades of blue in the flight feathers!

 

A stunning male Malabar Trogon, females are quite different, having a brown head and yellow breast (Ram Vaidyanathan)

 

Mountain Bulbuls do well in forest edges and disturbed vegetation, indicating that this species is resilient to human disturbances in their habitats (Vishal Monakar)

 

A female Pallid Harrier, photographed by Amith Rao. These Harriers are considered near-threatened, mainly due to the conversion of their steppe breeding habitat to agriculture

 

A triumphant Pied Kingfisher photographed in action by Mohammad Aslam AhmadBasha Shaikh

 

An Asian Plain Martin leaving its nest. During the breeding season these Martins excavate burrows which can be up to 1.5 metres long! (Suvadip Mondal)

 

This beautiful bird is a Galah, a cockatoo species which occurs only in Australia (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

A Saddle-billed Stork photographed in the Serengeti by Owen Deutsch. Adult Saddle-billed Storks can be individually identified by the yellow ‘saddle’ on their bill. This characteristic was used in the Kruger National Park of South Africa to census the park’s population

 

An Indian Spot-billed Duck photographed by Tushar Tripathi TT. This duck species makes use of a wide variety of coastal and inland water bodies, making them fairly common in India and south-east Asia

 

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 every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

 

https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2017/12/01/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-116/

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.
  • Gaurav singh

    Awesome pic yogesh Kumar your hard work and dedication is praiseworthy. Keep clicking and reinventing the natural beauty.

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