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Top 25 Bird Interactions

This week we asked the Wild Bird Revolution followers to capture interactions between birds, and we were not disappointed! This outstanding collection gives us unique insights into the many social interactions that birds have every day. Courtship, raising chicks, competition and fighting are just a few of the moments captured in this collection. Thank you to all who submitted photographs this week, your efforts allow us the privilege of capturing glimpses into the lives of these birds. For more updates you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

An American Coot passes some food to its chick. These coots eat mainly aquatic vegetation but during the breeding season they rely more on insects and molluscs, the protein is important for the chicks’ development (Jack Zhi)
A pair of Mute Swans captured in a soft light in Helsinki, Finland (Oana Badiu)
A whole host of interesting social interactions occur between scavengers at a carcass. Here in the serengeti, a Marabou Stork waits for the White-backed and Lappet-faced Vultures to open the carcass, then he, being bigger than the vultures, swoops in to get his share (Edwin Godinho)
A pair of King Penguins preen one another. King Penguins are monogamous for the breeding season, but on average only 29% of pairs will breed with the same mate the following year (Judi Fenson)
Atlantic Puffins mate for life and return to the same site to breed. The pair will spend the winter apart at sea and then reunite for the breeding season. One of the ways the pair restores their bond is to rattle their bills together (Edwin Godinho)
Smaller birds will often mob bigger birds of prey to chase them away. This action shot shows a Rufous Treepie mobbing an Oriental Honey Buzzard (Amit Kher)
A male Great Hornbill brings food to his mate, who has enclosed herself in a tree cavity to breed. Male Great Hornbills are dutiful mates, he is solely responsible for feeding her and the chicks for the full 4 months that she is enclosed (Mainak Ray)
You can just imagine what this White-cheeked Barbet is saying, “Get off my perch!” (Ganesh Rao)
A male Oriental Pied Hornbills gives his mate a berry. gifts of food are often an integral part of courtship among birds (Suranjan Mukherjee)
A Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill pair perched atop a thorn tree in Namibia. These hornbills have a strong pair bond, the male will bring the female food gifts for up to a month before they breed (Judi Fenson)
A male Calliope Hummingbird displays his elaborate gorget feathers to a female he is courting (Tim Nicol)
A trio of Barnacle Goslings hide in the protection of their mother’s wing. This moment was captured by Oana Badiu in Helsinki, Finland
A courtship ritual between two Black-legged Kittiwakes on a nesting ledge at the Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire (Edwin Godinho)
A Blue-Tailed Bee-eater brings a gift to his mate in Lahore, Pakistan (Tauseef Zafar)
A Double-crested Cormorant fiercely defends his perch at Busse Lake, USA (Peter Chromik)
A breath-taking aerial display between a male and female Northern Harrier. These displays are called sky-dances. The male will ‘dance’ while he is courting the female and then once they are paired they display together (Jack Zhi)
female Greater Painted Snipes (left) initiate courtship with the male (right). Females may mate with multiple males and lay a clutch with each. each male will then incubate and care for their young, without help from the female (Owen Deutsch)
A male House Finch displays proudly for a female, but she seems indifferent. female House Finches are not strictly monogamous, they may change partners between seasons or even within seasons if they find a preferable mate (Barbara Wallace)
A tender moment between two Indian Silverbills grooming one another. Indian Silverbills are a gregarious species, occurring in flocks of up to 60 birds (Paneendra BA)
A Red-billed Firefinch pair, photographed in Ethiopia. When courting the female, the male will present her with a feather and bob his head up and down (Goutam Mitra)
Two Red-vented Bulbuls have a tussle over a perch (Bhargavi Upadhya)
Food is exchanged between two Speckled Piculets (Amandeep Singh)
A comical moment captured between two Spotted Owlets (Anvita Paranjpe)
There is often fierce competition between scavengers at a carcass. Here two White-backed Vultures fight over a carcass in the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya (Suranjan Mukherjee)
This White-throated Laughingthrush parent looks like it has a busy job with these two hungry fledglings! (Shantharam Holla)

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

 

Top 25 Birds of Protected Areas

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.
  • Koen Andries

    “THIS ACTION SHOT SHOWS A RUFOUS TREEPIE MOBBING AN ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD”
    There is clearly something very weird about this ‘shot’ !
    I seriously wonder whether it is genuine.

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