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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Favourite species

This year’s focus has been the Year of the Bird which marks 100 years since the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as part of this campaign we have had bird photo submissions from all over the world throughout the year, and shared as many interesting and diverse photos as we could. “Birds are...

This year’s focus has been the Year of the Bird which marks 100 years since the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as part of this campaign we have had bird photo submissions from all over the world throughout the year, and shared as many interesting and diverse photos as we could. “Birds 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.” – Dr Steve Boyes

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds for this week’s theme, your pictures can bring awareness about the beauty and diversity of birds and the threats that they face. Here we present the Top 25 bird photographs of the week 23 to 28 December 2018, favourite species.

Scaly-breasted munia feeding in Yamuna Khadar, Delhi, India (Amrik Singh)
Yellow-billed oxpeckers are native to savannah of Sub-Saharan Africa, they line their nests with hairs from cattle and feed on insects and ticks, they will also feed on the blood of mammals (Kishore Reddy)
Calliope hummingbird feeding from a flower in Hereford, Arizona (Jola Charlton)
Long- legged buzzards are the largest member of the genus Buteo, they are found in open plains and feeds on rodents (Prashanta Bhattacharjee)
Common starlings are widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, they are native to Eurasia but have been introduced into other areas (Anuj Pokhriyal)
Flock of Indian spot-billed ducks, they make use of freshwater wetlands in the Indian Subcontinent (Anvita Paranjpe)
Osprey flying in Purbasthali, West Bengal, India (Adhirup Ghosh)
Northern gannet portrait photographed in Mykines, Faroe Islands (Oana Badiu)
Rufous-necked hornbills are found in northeastern India, they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to habitat degradation, and hunting (Prashanta Bhattacharjee)
Yellow-billed blue magpies are found in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent (Goldy Rajput)
Flamingo pair dancing in Port Saint Louis, Camargue, France (Christian Bagnol)
Temmink’s stints forage in soft mud and feed on insects and small invertebrates (Asheem Kumar)
Close up of a white-capped redstart (Gagan Bedi)
Variable Hawks are found in western and southern South America, photographed in Chile (Jorge De La Torre Aninat)
The northern shoveler is widespread, it breeds in northern areas of Europe and Asia, and North America (Yogesh Chauhan)
Shikras are distributed in Asia and Africa, photographed here in Haryana, India (Asheem Kumar)
Sarus crane pair in Dhanauri wetlands, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Red-whiskered bulbuls are found in Asia, in lightly wooded areas, they feed on fruits, nectar, and insects (Pradnya Paralkar)
Grey heron reflected in the water, in Jamnagar-Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
Eurasian jays are found in Western Europe, north-west Africa, and the Indian Subcontinent, they make use of woodland habitats, and feed on invertebrates, acorns, seeds, fruits, and young birds and eggs (Asim Haldar)
Bar-headed geese are endemic to central and southern Asia, they have been introduced into Canada and Spain and they feed on plant material, insects, and crustaceans (Kapish Rai)
The black-chinned hummingbird is found in most of the western United States and they feed on nectar (Tim Nicol)
The red-billed leiothrix is native to Southern China and the Himalayas, in hill forests (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)
Grey-hooded warbler in amongst the leaves in Pangot, India (Ashish Singh)
American kestrels are found throughout North America in open habitats, they feed on insects, small rodents, and birds (Leslie Reagan)

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 Bird Photographs of the Week: December

 

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Steve Boyes
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.