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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #118

Bird-watching and bird photography is a pastime that never grows old. Birds are constantly surprising those who watch them. Whether it be a bird showing up in a place where it has never been recorded before, or an unusual morph of a species plumage. Or even a completely new behaviour that we didn’t know existed!

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A vibrant female Indian Paradise-flycatcher photographed by Vishal Monakar. There are 6 species of Paradise-flycatchers in Asia and genetic studies reveal that the Indian Paradise-flycatcher is likely one of the original ancestors of this group. The other species changed and adapted as they radiated out into the continent

 

A Plain Prinia beautifully captured by Souvik Pal

 

Bluethroats breed in northern and central Asia. As soon as they have bred and moulted they migrate to southern Asia and central Africa for the winter (Nishith Dwivedi)

 

A beautiful Bronze-winged Jacana feeding in Nagpur, India. As this bird ages the plumage of the head and breast will turn glossy black (Indranil Bhattacharjee)

 

The Common Sandpiper migrates between north-central Eurasia and southern Asia, Africa and Australasia, with most of their movements being during the night (Soumyajit Mistry)

 

The largest breeding population of the Demoiselle Cranes can be found in the steppes of eastern Eurasia, a habitat which is under threat by agricultural development. This group was photographed within their over-wintering range in Khichan India by Anirban Roychowdhury

 

Sunlight beautifully highlighting the shades of chocolate brown of this Eurasian Wryneck’s plumage. Photographed by Soumya Chakraborty

 

Grey Crowned Cranes rely heavily on wetlands for breeding. They nest in or along wetlands, constructing a flat circular nest with uprooted grasses (Arvind Patole)

 

A beautiful Black-headed Jay taking a bath. These birds can be found in the woodlands and forest fringes of the Himalayan mountain range (Sandipan Ghosh)

 

A vibrant White-capped Water Redstart photographed in Uttarakhand by Arpit Parekh

 

The Laggar Falcon, a medium sized falcon from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is experiencing declines to their population due to intensive agriculture reducing their food supply (Satrajit Dutta)

 

Most Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are monogamous, but 10% of females mate with multiple males and these females tend to breed more successfully than monogamous females (Carlo Galliani)

 

An Oriental Magpie-robin photographed in Baharampur (India) by Madhu Shyam Arya

 

Red Kites rely heavily on carrion in their diet. Much like vultures, this diet exposes them to poisons and other toxins, their population has declined steadily over the past 20 yeas and they are now listed as near-threatened (Javier Gomez Aoiz)

 

Rosy Starlings breed in central Asia, congregating in colonies of several hundred and sometimes thousands of birds (Vishwas Thakkar)

 

These Rufous-tailed Larks prefer sparsely vegetated dry habitats (Ram Vaidyanathan)

 

The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher inhabits the woodlands and woodland fringes of India, here they can usually be seen foraging in the middle and lower portions of trees. Photograph by Goutam Mitra

 

Village Indigobirds are brood parasites with their main hosts being Red-billed Firefinches. Research shows that the impact of indigobird chicks on firefinch breeding is relatively low, with parasitised firefinches producing on average 26% fewer fledglings than unparasitised nests (Arvind Patole)

 

White-throated Kingfishers are known to make use of termite and ant nests to nest in (Vipul Patel)

 

This beautiful little bird is a White-browed Fantail, photographed in Bangalore, India by Ganesh Rao

 

A White-throated Laughingthrush feeding a fledgling, many species of birds will continue to feed their young after they fledge (Sandipan Ghosh)

 

A Wooly-necked Stork and an Asian Openbill Stork photographed outside of Hubli, India by Narahari Kanike

 

A charming little Yellow-bellied Fantail photographed by Ganesh Rao. These birds prefer moist evergreen forest habitats

 

White-eyed Buzzards usually occur in India and south-east Asia, as far south as Myanmar. In 2015 this species was recorded much further south, in Indonesia. Birds never cease to surprise us! (Saswat Mishra)

 

Two stunning Blue-tailed Bee-eaters photographed by Shyam Sundar Nijgal

 

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #117

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.
  • Goutam Mitra

    Thanks National Geographic and Wild Bird Trust for selection of my picture of Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher among Top 25 pictures for week #118 ! Keep us encouraging !!!

  • SHYAMAL DUTTA-BELA DUTTA

    Very nice photography….We are proud of my son(Satrajit Dutta)

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