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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seabirds

Seabirds have made numerous adaptations to living on and feeding in the sea. Species such as the wandering albatross, which forage over huge areas of sea, have a reduced capacity for powered flight and are dependent on a type of gliding called dynamic soaring as well as slope soaring. Seabirds also almost always have webbed...

Seabirds have made numerous adaptations to living on and feeding in the sea. Species such as the wandering albatross, which forage over huge areas of sea, have a reduced capacity for powered flight and are dependent on a type of gliding called dynamic soaring as well as slope soaring. Seabirds also almost always have webbed feet, to aid movement on the surface as well as assisting diving in some species.

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

Yellow-legged Gull in Istanbul, Turkey (Gargi Biswas)
White-capped Albatross in Otago, New Zealand – is a mollymawk that breeds on the islands off of New Zealand. t is a medium-sized black, slate grey, and white albatross and is the largest of the mollymawks (Adriana Dinu)
The Northern Gannet is known for reaching great heights in flight. This bird was captured on the Bonaventure Island, Canada (Owen Deutsch Photography)
The black-billed gull has the undesirable status of being the most threatened gull species in the world (Manish Ahuja)
STEPPE GULL at Harike Wetlands, Punjab ( Gagan Bedi)
Sooty Shearwater Moss Landing, California (Anirban Roychowdhury)
RIVER TERN photographed at Harike Wetlands, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)
The Ring-billed Gull’s most distinctive feature is its relatively short, bright yellow bill with a black ring near the tip (Paneendra BA)
The Razorbill or Lesser Auk (Alca torda) is a colonial seabird in the monotypic genus Alca of the family Alcidae, the auks. It is the closest living relative of the extinct Great Auk (Anne Harlan)
Pallas’s Gull (Juvenile) at the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary Jamnagar, Gujarat (Priyak Mukherjee)
The Northern gannet is native to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, breeding in Western Europe and North America. Photographed at the Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire (Edwin Godinho)
Named for its laugh-like call, the Laughing Gull is an opportunistic omnivore and scavenger. Photographed at Tavernier, Florida (J.Bernardo Sanchez Phtography)
Glaucous Gull and a chick photographed at Homer, in Alaska (Ellie Kidd)
The Gentoo penguin is closely related to the Adélie penguin and the chinstrap penguin (Adriana Dinu)
Forster’s Tern is the only tern restricted almost entirely to North America throughout the year (Barbara Wallace)
Elegant tern in Malibu. This bird breeds on the Pacific coasts of the southern United States and Mexico and winters south to Peru, Ecuador and Chile (Henser Villela)
Common Murre is also known as the thin-billed murre in North America. It has a circumpolar distribution, occurring in low-Arctic and boreal waters in the North Atlantic and North Pacific (Dr SS Suresh)
Brown-headed Gull is migratory, wintering on the coasts and large inland lakes of the Indian Subcontinent. And it is slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull (Dakshesh Ashra)
Brown Noddy at San Nicolas, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Brown Booby is perhaps the most common and widespread species. It has a pantropical range, which overlaps with that of other booby species. Photographed at New Jersey, USA (Anne Harlan)
The English name of the Black-legged Kittiwake is derived from its call, a shrill ‘kittee-wa-aaake, kitte-wa-aaake’. Photographed in Homer, Alaska (Ellie Kidd)
The Black-Headed Gull is a small gull that breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada (Goutam Mitra)
The Australasian gannets is a large seabird of the booby and gannet family (Adriana Dinu)
Atlantic Puffin photographed at Skomer Islands, Wales (Edwin Godinho)
The American oystercatcher was originally called the “sea pie”, it was renamed in 1731 when naturalist Mark Catesby observed the bird eating oysters (Dr SS Suresh)

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 Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager

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