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The Best of the Top 25: Part 1

Over the past year we have received thousands of bird photographs from around the globe. This has been an amazing journey in discovering the amazing variety of birdlife that our world has to offer. This week we take a step back to appreciate some of the best of the Top 25. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane! Thank you for everyone who tirelessly contributes to the Top 25 every week, your photographs bring the beauty of the avian world to us all!

This beautiful Allen’s Hummingbird was featured in our 87th Top 25. They breed on the west coast of the USA and over-winter in Mexico (Teri Franzen)
Like many of the world’s vultures, this Andean Condor is near-threatened, mainly due to poisoning. Captive breeding programs are in place to boost the population (Ricardo Varela‎)
The Blue Jay is common across their range in the USA, this one was photographed in New York’s central Park by Shu-To Chiou
These beautiful Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters were featured in our 80th Top 25 Wild Birds (Teri Franzen)
A stunning technicolour Blue-throated Barbet featured in our 79th Top 25 (Dilip Gupta)
Brown-headed Parrots are distributed from here in the Kruger National Park, south africa up to east Africa (Jay van Rensburg)
A colony of Cape Gannets on one of their breeding sites, Bird Island, off the coast of South Africa (John Vosloo)
The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo is endangered as it’s forest habitat is cleared for agriculture. This is compounded with the fact that they occupy a very small range on the west coast of Australia (Ashvij Putta)
Citrine Wagtails eat insects mainly, they are closely associated with wet areas where insects are plentiful (Arindam Halder)
The Common Tailorbird belongs to the same family as the cisticolas. they are typically seen flitting through bushy vegetation looking for insects (Debarpan Dutta)
A magnificent shot of King Penguins along the coast of South Georgia (David Berliner)
This Olive Woodpecker was featured in our 82nd Top 25. This bird was spotted in Port Alfred, South Africa by Tim Cockcroft‎
Elegant Terns are distributed along the western coast of the Americas (Salah Baazizi)
A Common Hoopoe takes a dust bath at sunset (Dhirtiman Hore)
The Grey-headed Fish-eagle of southern Asia eats almost exclusively fish (Mainak Das)
This beautiful portrait of a Griffon Vulture was featured in our 81st Top 25 (Nitin Madan)
An amazing capture of a Peregrine Falcon coming in to land (Leslie Reagan)
This Plate-billed Mountain-toucan has a very limited distribution, found in a thin strip of montane forest in Colombia and Ecuador (Alejandro Gonzalez T)‎
The Red and Green Macaw disappeared from Argentina years ago but thanks to a reintroduction program, the species occurs here once again (Hymakar Valluri)
The Red-bearded Bee-eater occurs in south-east Asia, although it is now absent from parts of its range due to forest being replaced with palm and rubber plantations (Jay S)
A beautiful Red-winged Laughingthrush photographed in China by Jay Shah
A close up of a critically endangered Red-headed Vulture. This species was heavily impacted by the veterinary drug diclofenac, which proved to be poisonous to vulture who ate carcasses with traces of the drug. The drug has since been banned but other threats are present (Suranjan Mukherjee)
This Turquoise-browed Motmot from central America forms strong bonds with its mate and the same pair will often mate for many years in a row (William Steele)
This White-winged Redstart was featured in our 139th Top 25! This stunning bird was photographed in Pakistan by Tahir Abbas Awan
This White-throated Sparrow of North America has a particular liking for the secondary growth habitats that springs up after a fire or logging (Janelle Peters Pitula)

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://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2018/05/03/top-25-woodland-birds/ ‎

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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