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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: The LBJs

LBJ is a term used in many birding circles, to describe small, brown, passerine birds, like cisticolas and larks. These birds are often overlooked for their bigger, and more colourful counterparts. But when you take the time to watch and photograph these little brown birds, you can really appreciate their subtle beauty. This week we feature 25 of the best LBJ photographs from across the globe, to bring awareness to these little, brown birds. Thank you to everyone who contributed photographs this week, we had an amazing response to this week’s theme and selection of the Top 25 was not easy!

This little Abbott’s Babbler spends most of its foraging time on the forest floor looking for insects and other invertebrates in the leaf litter. Saravanan Krishnamurthy photographed this babbler in Cát Tiên National Park, Vietnam
A Pine Siskin feeds on some flower seeds in Republic, USA (Jola Charlton)
Ashy Prinias are commonly seen in gardens and agricultural areas in India (Garry Bhatti)
When breeding, the female Asian Brown Flycatcher incubates the eggs and the male brings food to the chicks (Soumendu Das)
Rufous-tailed Larks are fairly common in the open and dry habitats of India and Pakistan (Paneendra BA)
The Zitting Cisticola gets its name from its ‘zitt…zitt…zitt’ call (Antonis Tsaknakis)
Asian Desert Warblers have been known to follow shrikes, babblers and bee-eaters. this is to capitalise on insects that these birds disturb and to listen to their warning calls if predators are around (Suranjan Mukherjee)
As the name suggests, the Sand Lark is found along sandy rivers, and in some parts of their range, along the coast (Anirban Mitra)
A stunning shot of a Paddyfield Pipit in flight (Gur Simrat Singh)
This Olive-tree Warbler breeds in south-east Europe, before migrating via Israel to east and southern Africa (Antonis Tsaknakis)
A female Pied Bushchat perched among vegetation in Nagpur, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Ashy Prinias build their own nests, weaving grasses and stems together. There have been cases where Oriental White-eyes steal nest material from prinia’s nests, to the extent where the prinia’s clutch fails (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
The Brown Rockchat is near endemic to India, with a few populations in Pakistan (Asabul Islam)
A Crested Lark perched on top of a rock in Desert National Park, India (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Crested Larks eat a variety of invertebrates, including snails, which they bang against a rock to break the shell (Lorenzo Barelli)
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is widely distributed across Europe and Asia. These two were photographed in Singapore (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
Eurasian Wrens are highly polygynous, meaning that males have multiple mates (Edwin Godinho)
the name, Graceful Prinia, perfectly describes this beautiful LBJ (Vishesh Kamboj)
Many female birds, like this Grey Bushchat, can be classed as LBJs, since they are brown and drab, compared to their male counterparts (Garry Bhatti)
A group of Indian Silverbills perched together at Mirzapur Dam, India (Rick Toor)
A Long-billed Pipit has perfect camouflage against this dry grassy vegetation (Sandeep Beas)
A Meadow Pipit photographed in Athens, Greece by Antonis Tsaknakis
LBJs are beautiful in their simplicity, like this Plain Prinia in Mohali, India (Rick Toor)
A Sykes’s Warbler captured beautifully in a ray of light (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
A Bar-tailed Treecreeper in Ranikhet, India (Harish Chopra)

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 Grassland 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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