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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Spectacular

We admire birds for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly we admire birds for the role they play in the ecosystem. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Spectacular”, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds...

We admire birds for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly we admire birds for the role they play in the ecosystem. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Spectacular”, 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 Black-necked Stilt is found in the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States and along the Gulf of Mexico. This species inhabits estuarine, lacustrine, salt pond and emergent wetland areas. Photographed Lajas, Puerto Rico (Raymond De Jesus Asencio)
The Common Kestrel is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel or the Old World Kestrel. In areas where no other kestrel species occur it is generally just called “the Kestrel”. Photo taken at Bhatinda, Punjab Photographed (PS Bhandari)
Northern Crested Caracara with a Blue Land Crab, photographed at Arashi, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The European Roller is found in warmer regions. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, but they avoid treeless plains. Photographed at Rajasthan, India (Nishant Rana)
Female of a Red-headed Barbet. Red-headed Barbets are found in humid highland forest in Costa Rica and Panama, as well as the Andes in western Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and far north Peru. Photographed at Costa Rica (Jory Freimann)
Green-backed Tit photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Aparna Mondal)
The Green Bee-eater is also known as the Little Green Bee-eater. This species is mainly an insect eater and it is found in grassland, thin scrub and forests. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)
The Green Warbler is sometimes called the Green Willow Warbler or the Green Leaf Warbler. It is a leaf warbler found in south-central Europe. Photographed at Uttarakhand, India (Nishant Rana)
Other names for the Indian Eagle-owl are the Rock Eagle-owl or Bengal Eagle-owl. This species is only found in hilly and rocky scrub forests, and are usually seen in pairs. Photographed at Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)
The Indian Peafowl is a large and brightly coloured bird native to the Indian Subcontinent. It has also been introduced in many parts of the world. The Indian Peafowl is celebrated in Hindu and Greek mythology and it is the national bird of India. Photographed at Rajasthan, India (Soumendu Das)
The Indian Roller is found widely distributed from West Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. It is very common in the populated plains of India and associated with Hindu legends. Photographed at Ajmer, India (Asha Sharma)
Intermediate Egret photographed at Chandigarh, India (Gur Simrat Singh)
The Oriental White Eye is also known as the Indian White-eye. The species is found in a wide range of habitats from scrub to moist forest and it is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Uttarakhand, India (Partha)
The Osprey can tolerate a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a water body providing an adequate food supply. Males and females of this species appear fairly similar, but the adult male can be distinguished from the female by its slimmer body and narrower wings. Photographed in Southern California, USA (John LeeWong)
Osprey photographed in Van Nuys, California (Henser Villela)
The Purple Sunbird is found in West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia. Photo taken in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India (Ajay Singh)
The Red-crested Pochard is a large diving duck. This species is found in lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
Rose-ringed Parakeet at the Kharagpur Campus, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)
The Shikra is found is a range of habitats that include forests, farmland and urban areas. They are usually seen singly or in pairs. Photographed at Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)
Shikra with a squirrel kill. Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
The Brahminy Kite was formerly known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia. It is a medium-sized bird of prey found in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. Photo taken in Goa (Kalyani Kapdi)
Spectacular red hues of the Scarlet Ibis. Photographed at the Palm Beach, Aruba (Patrick Peña)
The red avadavat, also known as the Red Munia or the Strawberry Finch, is found in open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia. It can easily be identified by the rounded tail and the bill that is seasonally red. Photographed at Gujarat, India (Sathish Poojari)
The Verditer Flycatcher photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Aparna Mondal)
The White-breasted Kingfisher is also known as the White-throated Kingfisher, It is a resident bird over much of its range in Asia. Photographed at Amravati, Maharashtra, India (Gajendra Bawane)

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

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Wild Birds

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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.