Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Waterbirds

The term waterbird is used to refer to birds that live on or around water. Waterbirds are well adapted to their aquatic lives. They have feet functioning as paddles, and their feathers are made to be waterproof and air tight.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme WaterBirds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of waterbirds.

The American White Pelican is a large aquatic soaring bird from which breeds in the interior of North America (Rhonda Lane)
The Atlantic puffin, also known as the common puffin, is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean two related species, the Tuffed Puffin and the Horned Puffin are found in the north-eastern Pacific (Anne Harlan)
The Black Skimmer is one of the three very similar birds species in the skimmer genus Rynchops in the gull family Laridae (Michiel Oversteegen)
Black-winged Stilt (Ashish Singh)
The Black-naped Tern is mostly found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is rarely found inland (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
Black-necked Stilt in South Padre Island, Texas (Ellie Kidd)
The Brown Pelican has an interesting way of feeding, it fishes by flying as high as 100 feet in the air, plunging into the water and resurfacing with a mouthful of fish (Kelly hunt)
Common Pochards breed in much of temperate and northern Europe and Asia. They are migratory, and spend winter in the south and west of Europe (Vipul Trivedi)
Dalmatian Pelicans are the most massive members of the Pelican family (Dakshesh Ashra)
Northern Pintail Duck feed by dabbling and upending in shallow water for plant food mainly in the evening or at night, this has resulted in this bird spending much of the day resting (Sanjoy Adak)
Little Blue Heron is a resident breeder in most of its range (Rhonda Lane)
Asian Openbill Storks are found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia (Gurjeet Virk)
Yellow Bittern, photo taken in Mangalojodi Orissa (Ramesh Aithal)
Wood Storks are the only storks that breeds in the United States. They are very social birds and hunt for food in groups. This species is uncommon in the United States and is listed as federally threatened (Kelly Hunt)
The Wood Duck is one of the most colourful North American duck species (Rhonda Lane)
Spot-billed Pelicans are birds of large inland and coastal waters, especially large lakes (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
The Indian Spot-billed duck breeds throughout freshwater wetlands in the Indian subcontinent (Sanjiv Khanna)
The Red-creasted Pochard They feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants (Prasil Biswas)
Little Grebe, this bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa (Prasil Biswas)
Cotton Pygmy Geese  are strong fliers and are known to disperse widely, especially in winter. Their breeding season coincides with the rains  (Prasil Biswas)
The Roseate Spoonbill is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family. Their pink colour is diet-derived (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Ringed Teal breeds in north-west Argentina and Paraguay. This bird species is also found to occur in Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Indian Cormorant is found mainly along the inland waters of the Indian Subcontinent but the range extends west to Sind and east to Thailand and Cambodia (Alok Katkar)
The Painted Stork is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia, south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia (Mansi Chauhan)
The Eurasian Oystercatcher is also known as the Common Pied Oystercatcher, or Palaearctic Oystercatcher (John Parkinson)

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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.