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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flight

Bird flight is the primary mode of movement used by many bird species in which birds take off and fly. It is one of the most complex forms of locomotion in the animal kingdom. For birds that fly, flight assist them with feeding, breeding, getting away from danger and migration. Different bird species have evolved...

Bird flight is the primary mode of movement used by many bird species in which birds take off and fly. It is one of the most complex forms of locomotion in the animal kingdom. For birds that fly, flight assist them with feeding, breeding, getting away from danger and migration. Different bird species have evolved over millions of years and they have adapted characteristics that enable them to survive in their respective environments. They have developed specialisations in their wings, and have acquired different form of flight.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Birds_in_Flight. 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.

The African Fish Eagle is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa where large bodies of open waters with an abundant food supply. This bird is the national bird of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan. Photographed at the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Elissa Title)
Anna’s Hummingbirds are medium-sized hummingbirds found at the west coast of North America. It was names Anna Masséna, Dutchess of Rivoli. During hovering flight, these birds maintain high wingbeat frequencies accomplished by their large pectoral muscle through the recruitment of motor units. Photographed at Ventura, California (Subhamoy Das)
The Black-tailed Godwit has a wide breeding range which stretches from Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia. This bird species nest in loose colonies. Unpaired males defend a temporary territory and perform display flights to attract potential mates. Photo taken at Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater photographed at Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
The Brahminy Kite was known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia. It is a medium-sized bird pf prey found in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. Photo taken at Chilika, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)
The Common Kestrel is found over a large range. It is a widespread species in Europe, Asia and Africa as well as occasionally getting to the east coast of North America. Photographed at Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
The Gadwall occurs in open wetlands, such as prairie or steppe lakes, wet grassland or mashes with dense fringing vegetation. It is fairly a quiet species, the male has a hoarse whistling call, and the female has a mallard-like quack (Prasad Pendharkar)
Glossy Ibis photographed at Bhigwan, Maharashtra, India (Vivek Joshi)
The Great Green Macaw is also known as the Buffon’s Macaw or the Great Military Macaw. This species lives in tropical forests in the Atlantic wet lowlands of Central from Honduras to Panama and Colombia. Some populations have been introduced to Singapore, where it is seen on Sentosa Island and in Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle (Ramesh Aithal)
Greater Flamingos are the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. These birds are found in Africa, on the Indian Subcontinent, in the Middle East and in southern Europe. Photographed at Ameenpur Lake, Telangana, India (Raghuvamsh Chavali)
Hen Harrier fly low over the ground when hunting, weaving back and forth over fields and marshes Photographed at British Columbia, Canada (Parthasarathy Kandasamy)
Indian Paradise Flycatcher seen at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gur Simrat Singh)
The Indian Roller is well known for its aerobatic displays of males during the breeding season. This species is often seen perched along roadside trees and wired and is commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. Photo taken at Faridkot, Punjab, India (Jasvir Faridkot)
The Laggar Falcon resembles the Lanner Falcon but is darker, and has blackish “trousers”. Photographed at the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India (Dr.Divya Srivastava)
Northern Pintail, sometimes called the Pintail, is a duck with a wide distribution or range that breeds in the northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. Photographed at Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)
The Northern Shoveler is simply known as the Shoveler in Britain. It is also a common widespread duck breeding in the northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of North America. Pho taken at Mangalajudi, Odisha, India (Aparna Mondal)
Other names for the Osprey are the Sea Hawk, River Hawk and Fish Hawk. This is a fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It can tolerate a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any place near a water body that will provide an adequate food supply. It can be found in all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Photographed at Aviemore, Scotland (Julia Browne)
The Painted stork is found in wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into southeast Asia. This species prefers freshwater wetlands in all seasons, but some populations may also use irrigation canals and crop fields, mainly flooded rice fields during the monsoon. Photo taken at Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)
Peregrine Falcons were previously called Duck Hawks in North America. This species is widespread and the breeding range includes land regions from Arctic tundra to the tropics. Peregrine Falcons can be found nearly everywhere in the world, except extreme polar regions. Photographed at the Rancho Palos Verdes CA (Henser Villela)
Pied Avocetts photographed at Lesvos island, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis)
The Indian Pond Heron is also called the Paddybird. It is a small heron and a bird of Old World origins, breeding in southern Iran and east to Pakistan, India, Burma, Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka. Phto taken at Jalandhar, Punjab, India (Sanjiv Khanna)
The Red-rumped Swallow breeds in open hilly country of temperate southern Europe and Asia from Portugal and Spain to Japan, India, Sri Lanka and tropical Africa. Birds found in India and Africa are known to be resident, but the European and other Asian birds are migratory. Photographed at Thattekad, Kerala, India (Shantharam Holla)
Red tailed hawks can be variable. This is dependent on the subspecies and the region where the bird is from. The different colours that may be observed are morphs, and are not related to moulting. Photographed at Van Nuys, CA (Henser Villela)
The Short-toed Snake Eagle is also known as the Short-toed Eagle. It is an Old World species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Asia, mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and further east in some Indonesia Islands. Photo taken at the Ras Muhammad National Park, South Sinai, Egypt (Tarek Nagah)
White-tailed Tropicbird at Quebradillas, Puerto Rico (Alfredo Irizarry)

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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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.