Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birding

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme birding. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.

Yellow Bittern photographed at Faridkot, Punjab. It is of Old World origins, breeding in the northern Indian Subcontinent. Some of the individuals found in the northern regions make short movements or migration Punjab (Gegan Bedi)
The White-rumped Vulture has been listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2000, as the population severely declined. Photographed at Ranthambore National Park (Manish Ahuja)
The male and female of the Speckled Piculet look much alike. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed at Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India. (Nishant Rana)
Malabar Parakeet in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu (Pavan ML)
The Small Pranticole, also kown as the Little Pranticole or Small Indian Pranticole, is a small wader in the Pranticole family, Glareolidae. Photo taken in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Kavya Ram)
Rufous-necked Hornbill photographed in Latpanchor, West Bengal, India. This bird is locally extinct in Nepal as a result of hunting and significant loss of habitat. Photo taken by Gargi Biswas
Just like the other sunbirds, Purple Sunbirds feed on nectar and they sometimes take insects. Photo taken in West Bengal (Aparna Mondal)
The Oriental Honey-buzzard at Tadoba Wild life sanctuary (Prasad Pendharkar)
The Indian Golden Oriole can easily be mistaken with the Eurasian Golden Oriole but it has more yellow I the tail and has a paler shade of red in its iris and on the bill (Pradnya Paralkar)
Mating Fairy Terns photographed in Perth, Western Australia (Jamie Dolphin)
Other names for the Lesser Whistling Duck are the Indian Whistling Duck or Lesser Whistling Teal. The species breeds in the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia (Aravind Venkatraman)
The Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is sometimes known as the Grey-headed Flycatcher. This species is found in tropical Asia. Photo taken in Uttarakhand, India (Amit Kumar Srivastava)
Greater Flamingos seen in Mumbai, India by Narayanan Iyer
The Glossy ibis is the most widespread ibis species, breeding in scattered sites in the warm regions of Asia, Europe, Australia and the Atlantica ad Caribbean regions of the Americas. Photographed in Rajkot, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
A Dalmatian Pelican photographed at Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Common Hawk-cuckoo resembles the Shikra in many forms. Even in its style of flying and perching. Just like ther cuckoos, the Common Hawk-eagles are brood parasites, laying their eggs in babblers’ nests (Narendra Nikhare)
Blue Fronted Redstart photographed at Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, India (Arnab Rayc)
The White-throated Kingfisheris also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher. It is a tree Kingfisher, distributed widely in Asia. This Kingfisher is a resident bird in most of its parts of its range. Phototgraphed in Bhopal, India (Ritu Ahluwalia)
The Banded bay Cuckoo is a small cuckoo found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed at Ganesh Gudi, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)
Atlantic Puffin Photographed in Lunga, Scotland. This is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean (Edwin Godinho)
Ashy Prinia in Noida, India (Swades Das)
The Ashy Prinia is one of the common birds that can be found in urban gardens and farmland in many parts of India. Photo taken in Machaki Mal Singh, Faridkot (Jasvir Faridkot)
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, also known as the Yellow-throated Sparrow, is a species of sparrow found in southern Asia. Photographed in Sariska,Rajasthan (Aman Sharma)
Mother Painted stork teaching lesson of life to her young. Photographed at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Raj Srivastava)
Black Skimmer with a chick. After birth, skimmer chicks are often found snuggling with a parent and using the natural camouflage of the beach to blend in or stay out of site (Kelly Hunt)

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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.