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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Gamebirds

Gamebirds are a diverse group and include both waterfowl and landfowl, their diversity extends to the wide range of habitats that they occupy; from lowland deserts to tropical rainforests, on all continents except Antarctica. These birds can be sustainably harvested making them appealing for human use as a food source or for recreation, either by being hunted in the wild or being bred in captivity. Their long history with humans means that they have become closely associated with people, and can live in urban or natural environments.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of gamebirds, your pictures can bring awareness to the beauty and variety of these birds. Here we present the Top 25 gamebird photographs.

A grey francolin, photographed in Rajasthan, India by Suranjan Mukherjee, can be found in open cultivated lands and scrub forests
Painted francolin calling, these birds are very vocal in the breeding season (Chandrashekhar Shirur)
Spot-billed duck admiring its reflection in Patiala, India (Tarika Sandhu)
Bobwhite quails live in shrubby areas and grasslands, photographed here in Texas, USA by Owen Deutsch
Bar-headed geese take flight in Harike Wetlands, Ferozepur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)
Jungle bush quail photographed in Karnataka, India by Ramesh Aithal
The Sri Lankan junglefowl is the national bird of Sri Lanka, and is found in forests and scrub habitats (Arun Samak)
A watching rain quail, photographed in Maharastra India (Sandipan Ghosh)
Common pheasants are native to Asia, but were introduced elsewhere as a gamebird, and is one of the world’s most hunted gamebirds (Edwin Godinho)
Brown quails are grassland birds found in Australia, and have been introduced to New Zealand (Adriana Dinu)
Great crested grebes were nearly hunted to extermination within the UK, for their feathers, but conservation efforts have made them a common sight again. Here photographed in India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
Mountain peacock-pheasants are shy birds, endemic to the montane forests of the Malay peninsula (Sammil Kafoor)
California quails have a head plume made up of six feathers, and have adapted well close to urban areas (Kishore Bakshi)
A male northern shoveler opens his wings in Sultanpur national park, India (Aman Sharma)
Northern shoveler female, this species is widespread and common, here photographed in Louisiana, USA (Dot Rambin)
Painted bush quail perched in Kotagiri, India (Panthera Tigris)
Indian peafowl in Portugal displays his colourful plumage to attract a female (Gargi Biswas)
Painted spurfowls are found in peninsular India on rocky terrain and in scrub forest (Ganesh Rao)
This female junglefowl will be solely responsible for incubating her eggs and rearing the young (Ramesh Aithal)
Close up of the beautiful feathers of a kalij pheasant in Sattal Uttarakhand, India (Gur Simrat Singh)
Greylag goose takes flight in India (Vishesh Kamboj)
This red spurfowl will run for cover when threatened, and is endemic to India (Ganesh Rao)
Rock doves are found globally in towns, cities, farmlands, and on rocky cliffs (Barbara Wallace)
The black francolin is the state bird of Haryana, India, and can be found in areas with cultivated crops (Satyajit Ganguly)
American woodcocks live in forests and along forest edges, they have a habit of rocking back and forth while walking (Kelly Hunt)

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 Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

 

 

Top 25 Wild Birds Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flowers

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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