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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Bird Interactions

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Bird Interaction”, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week. Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and...

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Bird Interaction”, your pictures can 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 Alexandrine Parakeet is one of the largest parakeets. It is predominantly green with a light blue-grey sheen on the cheeks and nape. Adult birds are sexually dimorphic where males have a black stripe across their lower cheeks and a pink bank on their nape. Females of this species lack both a black stripe across their lower cheeks and a pink band on their nape. Photographed at Surajpur Wetland, Greater Noida, India (Manoj Nair)
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark chicks photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. The usual clutch is two or three eggs and both males and females incubate the eggs (Vikram Bahal)
Young Black Skimmers are not able to fly for at least 23 days so parents share the duty of feeding them until they can forage on their own. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
Black-necked Stilts showing a post-copulatory mating behavior. Photographed at Bubali, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Black-rumped Flameback is sometimes called the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker or Lesser Goldenback. It is a widely distributed species found in the Indian Subcontinent. Interestingly, it is one of the few woodpeckers that can be seen in urban areas. Photo taken at Bhatinda, Punjab, India (PS Bhandari)
Blue Cranes are endemic to southern Africa, with over 99% of the population found within South Africa. This species inhabits areas of dry grasslands and other upland habitats. Photographed in the Western Cape, South Africa (Mary Walker)
Blue winged Parakeets in Karnataka, India (Arun Samak)
Brown Fish Owls are found in the warm subtropical and humid tropical parts of continental Asia and some offshore islands. Photographed at Ranthambhore National Park, India (Feroze Hossain)
The Brown-throated Parakeet is commonly known as the St Thomas Conure or the Brown-throated Conure in aviculture. These birds are found in woodland, savanna and scrubs. Photographed in Moko, The Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
Cormorants interacting on a bright sunny day at Brunswick point British Columbia, Canada (Dr Parthasarathy)
The Eurasian Spoonbill, sometimes called the Common Spoonbill, is a Palearctic species that breeds from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in North Africa. This photograph was taken in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)
Great White Pelicans are highly sociable and they often form large flocks. These birds are well adapted for aquatic life and they mainly feed on fish. Although fish may constitute as the largest part of their diet, Great White Pelicans are often opportunistic foragers. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Vijay Madan)
Greater flamingos are nomadic birds and their presence in an area is highly dependent on suitable water conditions. Flamingos have a specialized feeding process where they stand in shallow water with their head down filtering the water through the sieve-like lamellae of their beaks. Photographed at Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Narayanan Iyer – Naresh Iyer)
Grey-headed Swamphen and Black-Headed ibis photographed at Rajkot, Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
The Hispaniolan Amazon is also known as the Hispaniolan Parrot. Main features that differentiate this species from the other amazons are the white forehead, pale beak, white eye-ring, blue ear patch and the red belly. Photographed at the Dominican Republic, Caribbean (Edwin Godinho)
House Sparrows are found in most parts of the world. These birds are highly associated with human habitation and cultivation, they can live in urban or rural settings and still thrive. Photographed at Pune, Maharashtra, India (Kavya Ram)
Jerdon’s Leafbird and white browed bulbul at Bangalore outskirts (Ramesh Aithal)
Kalij Pheasants are found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Males are rather variable depending on the subspecies involved, but they all have at least glossy bluish-black plumage while females are generally brownish. Photo taken at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)
Keas are large parrots found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Photographed at Milford Sound, New Zealand (Adriana Dinu)
Common or Indian Myna with chicks in Chandigarh, India. The Common Myna thrives in urban and suburban environments and the species breeds through much of the year depending on the location (Amandeep Singh)
Olive-backed Sunbirds are common across southern China and southeast Asia to Queensland and Solomon Islands. Photographed in Singapore (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
Painted Storks are widely distributed over the plains of Asia. These birds are resident in most regions but make seasonal movements. Photographed at Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
White-throated Laughingthrush in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)
Who will drink water first? Will it be the Rose-ringed Parakeet or the Asian Koel? Photographed at Kota, Rajasthan, India (Shashi Dushyant)
Wood Sandpipers are small waders. These birds are usually found around freshwater bodies. They forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud, and they mainly eat insects and similar small prey. Photographed at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

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

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: October

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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.