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Top 25 Wild Birds Against Spectacular Landscapes

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs Against Spectacular Landscapes. We were truly blown away by the amazing landscape and habitat shots that were submitted this week!  Birds are excellent indicators of habitat quality, when habitats are degraded only the generalist and opportunistic species will remain in the area, others will move elsewhere. But when habitats are intact and undisturbed, specialist and sensitive species flourish and there will generally be a greater diversity of birds too. When we value birds and work to conserve them, these beautiful landscapes remain intact too!

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 and Instagram for even more amazing bird photographs. If you would like to receive the Top 25 in your inbox every week, all you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter via our website!

American Kestrels perched alongside the Andes mountains of Ecuador (Melissa Penta)
Bar-headed Geese eat a wide variety of aquatic vegetation, they are even able to eat plants that are considered poisonous, such as Lily of the Valley plants. This spectacular photograph was shot at the Tso Moriri lake in India (Ria Mukherjee)
A pair of Common Cranes take flight on the arid plains of Little Rann of Kutch, India (Soumitra Ghosh)
A study has shown that the diet of Eurasian Curlews differs between males and females. In France males were documented to eat crabs mostly and females preferred bivalves (Christian Bagnol)
A Common Stonechat in Assam, India. These stonechats usually hunt insects from perches, frequently favouring one particular perch (Ashish Malhotra)
A group of Greater Flamingoes take flight at sunset in Little Rann of Kutch, India (Rupa Mitra)
A Greater Spotted Eagle photographed at the Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, UAE. These eagles are considered vulnerable to extinction mainly due to their wetland, forest and meadow habitat being degraded (Jobin J Valiyaparambil)
A Grey Crowned Crane scans the landscape at Lake Victoria in Uganda (Elaine Henley)
The Grey Heron is fairly common across Africa, and much of Eurasia, largely because they are able to use a wide variety of habitats, using any shallow waterbody available (Satyajit Ganguly)
A Northern House Martin skims the water on a river in Scotland. These birds breed on buildings and rock faces in Europe and western Asia (David Main)
A Common Kestrel scouts the landscape from atop a dune in the United Arab Emirates (Jobin J Valiyaparambil)
The Black-rumped Flameback specialises in eating ants and are known to break into the nests of Weaver Ants- a type of ant that makes nests out of kitting together leaves (Anil Goyal)
Red-crested Pochards in flight against the backdrop of the Himalayas (Anirban Roychowdhury)
A Lilac-breasted Roller perched above the plains of the Maasai Mara, looking for prey (Ganesh Rao)
A Little Egret flying over the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Contrary to what the name suggests, the sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake, ideal habitat for these egrets (John Parkinson)
A Northern Pintail takes flight in Mangalajodi, India (Giridhar Vijay)
A congregation of Northern Shovelers and Spot-billed Ducks in Pune, India (Anvita Paranjpe)
A Common Ostrich photographed in Kenya by Ganesh Rao. In wetter areas these birds are quite sedentary but in arid areas they will move great distances to find food and water
A group of Painted Storks stands along the Chambal River, India (Ashok Appu)
A Chukar Partridge photographed in Ladakh, India, these partridges are distributed across central Asia, they also have a thriving feral population on Robben Island, a small island off the coast of South Africa (Ria Mukherjee)
Two Atlantic Puffins survey the landscape on Skomer Island, Wales (Suranjan Mukherjee)
A Black-necked Stork photographed in the Kaziranga National Park, India. These birds prefer undisturbed wetland habitat, and protected areas like these are important for this species (Ahan Roy Chowdhury)
A White stork crosses the skies against a magnificent backdrop of the mountains of the Sinai Desert, Egypt (Carlo Galliani)
A White-fronted Chat on a beautifully lichened rock in Tasmania, Australia (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
Eurasian Oystercatchers fly out to sea, off the coast of England. The population of Eurasian Oystercatchers is declining, largely because they have to compete with fishing vessels for food (Suranjan Mukherjee)

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 and Instagram for even more amazing bird photographs. If you would like to receive the Top 25 in your inbox every week, all you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter via our website! 

 

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Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

 

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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.

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