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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Interactions

In nature there are many types of interactions; mutualism where both organisms benefit, competition where both organisms may be negatively affected, commensalism where one benefits and the other is not affected, competition where each organism is affected negatively, and predation/parasitism/herbivory where one species benefits and the other is negatively affected. Thanks to all the photographers...

In nature there are many types of interactions; mutualism where both organisms benefit, competition where both organisms may be negatively affected, commensalism where one benefits and the other is not affected, competition where each organism is affected negatively, and predation/parasitism/herbivory where one species benefits and the other is negatively affected.

Thanks to all the photographers that submitted photos of  birds interactions, your pictures can create awareness about the variety of interactions that birds are involved in. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of bird interactions.

Red-billed magpie attacking a mother monkey and her baby in Chakki mod, Himachal Pradesh, India (Jasvir Faridkot)
Bald eagles are able to manoeuvre well in flight, they are opportunistic carnivores with fish as the main part of their diet (Kelly Hunt)
Double-crested cormorant with catch in Los Angeles California, USA (Henser Villela)
House Crow removing parasites from a bull’s eyes in Uttar pradesh, India (Nishant Rana)
House crow attacking a bar headed goose in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India (Unmesh Jadav)
Malabar trogon feeding a fledgling in Thattekkad bird sanctuary, Kerala, India (Suhyb PJ)
Glaucous gull and Alaska brown bear during salmon run in Katmai, Alaska, USA (Ellie Kidd)
Brown-headed cowbirds are native to subtropical North America, they feed on insects and will follow cattle in order to catch the insects that are stirred up (Sue Liberto)
White-throated laughingthrush preening its partner in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Rufous trreepie perched on a cow, this bird is native to the Indian Subcontinent and feeds mostly in trees on fruit and seeds but it has been observed feeding on ectoparasites of cattle (Vijay Madan)
Muscovy duck and chick, these ducks are native to Mexico, Central, and South America, and chicks stay with their mothers for 10-12 weeks (Jola Charlton)
Great white pelicans are sociable birds and will often form large flocks (Jaipur Samanvay Bhutani)
Tri-coloured blackbird adult going in to feed chick in Lancaster, California, USA (Sue Liberto)
Osprey interacts with a crow in West Bengal, India (Shayan Bose)
Rufous treepie and greater racket-tailed drongo photographed in Thathekad, India (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
Jungle mynas feed on insects and will often perch on large mammals to feed on their ectoparasites (Subhendu Khanra)
Marabou stork stealing meat from a lappet-faced vulture in Serengeti, Tanzania (Edwin Godinho)
Sarus cranes admiring each other in Gondia, Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Venezuelan troupial with an Aruban whiptail lizard in Moko, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
Jungle myna feeding in on ticks from cattle (Paneendra BA)
Common myna feeding on fleas on the Indian rhinoceros (Anirban Roychowdhury)
Black-naped terns flying in Singapore (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
Black drongo sitting on Indian gaur in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India (Pavan Puri)
Common mynas feed on insects and will opportunistically feed on insects disturbed by cattle (Chirag Parmar)
Mother sandhill crane putting her life on the line to save her baby from a young gator in a swampland of central Florida, USA (Agnish Dey)

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

 

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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.