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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migration

In the Northern Hemisphere spring is underway and migratory species will be returning to warmer climates to begin breeding in areas where there is more food available. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of migratory birds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety of birds that migrate. Here we present the...

In the Northern Hemisphere spring is underway and migratory species will be returning to warmer climates to begin breeding in areas where there is more food available.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of migratory birds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety of birds that migrate. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of migratory birds.

Common kingfishers have a wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa, tropical populations can be found by rivers and where the rivers freeze over winter these populations will migrate (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
Greater flamingos have a wide distribution, those that breed in Asia migrate to warmer climates over winter (Vishwas Thakker)
Indian paradise flycatcher s are found in the Indian Subcontinent, they overwinter in Tropical Asia, but some populations are not migratory (Dr. SS Suresh)
Lesser whistling ducks taking off in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)
The Himalayan bluetail is found in the Himalayas, it is an altitudinal migrant normally found at 3000 – 4000 m, and during winter at 1500 – 2500 m (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
Dalmatian pelican flying over the water in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)
Bar-headed geese breed in Central Asia near mountain lakes and winter in South Asia, they have fly at high altitudes to get through mountain passes during their migration (Dr. Pavan Puri)
The Eurasian marsh harrier is a wide spread winter visitor to India photographed in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India (Deepak Singla)
Indigo bunting photographed in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)
The common shelduck breeds in temperate Eurasia and migrates to subtropical areas in winter (Avijit Dutta)
Black-tailed godwits breed from Iceland through Europe and some parts of central Asia, they winter in the Indian Subcontinent, Australia, New Zealand, western Europe, and West Africa (Kishore Bakshi)
Montagu’s harrier is a winter migrant to the Indian Subcontinent (Shrikanth N Hegde)
Black bazas are found in forests of Northeast India, eastern Himalayas, China, and southeast Asia, in some parts of their range they are migratory and travel in large numbers (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
Sandhill cranes are found in North America and extreme north-eastern Siberia, when they migrate they form large groups which forage and roost together (Leslie Reagan)
Ruffs breed in northern Eurasia, they winter in southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia, and flock in their thousands during migration (Aman Sharma)
Pied kingfishers are widely distributed across Africa and Asia and they make short distance seasonal movements within their range (Vishesh Kamboj)
Inca Terns breed in Peru and Chile on rocky cliffs; photographed in Concon, Chile (Jorge De La Torre Aninat)
Painted buntings are part of the cardinal family and are found in North America, they winter in South Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, along both coasts of Mexico, and Central America (Agnish Dey)
Pallas’s gulls breed from southern Russia to Mongolia and winter in the eastern Mediterranean, Arabia and India (Edwin Godinho)
Great white pelicans breed from southeastern Europe, through Asia and Africa; the populations breeding in the Palearctic regions are migrants while those in Africa are resident (Chinmaya Kumar Barik)
Snow geese breed n Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the north-eastern tip of Siberia, and they winter in the warm part of North America (Kelly Hunt)
Calliope hummingbirds are native to the United States and Canada where they breed, and in winter they can be found in the deserts and semi-desert regions of Central America (Jola Charlton)
Pied harrier photographed In Baruipur, West Bengal, India (Ratul Das)
The common hawk-cuckoo is resident in the Indian Subcontinent, some birds winter in Sri Lanka, they are brood parasites of babblers and laughing thrushes (Panthera Tigris)
Verditer flycatcher photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)

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.

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Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

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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.