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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: May

Bird watching has become an  exciting hobby that anyone can take part in. Some people doing it casually, while others are confirmed birders who plan expeditions to far off places on the chance of seeing a particular type of bird. Learning about different birds from different parts of the world is a never-ending pursuit. Thank...

Bird watching has become an  exciting hobby that anyone can take part in. Some people doing it casually, while others are confirmed birders who plan expeditions to far off places on the chance of seeing a particular type of bird. Learning about different birds from different parts of the world is a never-ending pursuit.

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

Anna’s Hummingbird breed only in northern Baja California and southern California Mountain View, CA, USA (Dr SS Suresh)
Black-throated Sunbird in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)
Blue rock Thrush is a species of chats which breeds in southern Europe, northwest Africa, and from central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. It is the official national bird of Malta and was shown on the Lm 1 coins that were part of the country’s former currency. (Kishore Bakshi)
Blue-fronted Redstart in Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim, India. These birds breed in central China and the Himalayas. Its natural habitat is temperate forests (Sandipan Ghosh)
Blue-tailed bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid (Prasil Biswas)
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch is very similar to the Burmese, but it has a heavier bill, the crown and mantle are of the same shade (Gargi Biswas)
The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests (Gagan Bedi)
Crested Bunting in Faridabad, Haryana, India (Vijay Singh)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Krabi, Thailand. The sexes are similarly plumaged, and young birds are a duller version of the adult (Paneendra BA)
The Ferruginous Babbler is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests (Richard Chong)
Indian Eagle Owls have wonderful unique features that help them hunt insects, fish and small birds, reptiles and mammals. These owls are called raptors or birds of prey (Manish Ahuja)
Lineated barbet Feeding its chick with a humongous locust. Like other barbets, it is a frugivore nesting inside holes bored into tree trunks (Lil’tography Lilian)
Little ringed Plovers are migratory and winter in Africa. These birds forage for food on muddy areas, usually by sight. They eat insects and worms (Gajendra Bawane)
Orange-headed Thrushes are common in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most populations are resident (Kishore Bakshi)
Oriental turtle Dove – this species has a wide native distribution range from Europe, east across Asia to Japan. (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Oriental white eye near Bangalore outskirts by t is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian subcontinent. They forage in small groups, feeding on nectar and small insects (Ramesh Aithal)
Osprey The male osprey will return north prior to the female’s arrival to find their nesting site. Once she arrives, he will gather most of the nesting materials, bringing the female branches, grasses, etc. for her to arrange (Kelly Hunt)
Red-billed blue magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha) Sattal Outskirts Uttarakhand It is about the same size as the Eurasian magpie but has a much longer tail, one of the longest tails of any corvid (Ajad Singh)
Red-billed Leothrix at Okhrey, West Sikkim (Soumyajit Mistry)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher – as the name denotes, they are known for their reddish brown colour with a distinctly coloured patch on their throat. (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Rufous Hummingbird by They feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendable tongue or catch insect on the wing. These birds require frequent feeding while active during the day and become torbid at night to conserve energy. Because of their small size, they are vulnerable to insect-eating birds and animals. in Republic, Washington. (Jola Charlton)
The Steppe Eagle is a bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.The call of the Steppe Eagle sounds like a crow barking, but it is rather a silent bird (Ashish Singh)
Streaked spiderhunter phptographed at Bukit Fraser, Malaysia (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
Two Roseate Spoonbills playing with an aquatic plant in Bubali, The Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
White throated munia, also known as Indian silver billed, is found across the Indian subcontinent. Sadly, it is a popular cage bird. Photographed at Harike wetlands (Manish Ahuja)

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 Abigail Ramudzuli, 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.