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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.

The Arctic Tern is a strong migratory bird, seeing two summers each year as it migrates along a convoluted route from its northern breeding grounds to the Antarctic coasr for the southern summer. Photographed in Inner Farne Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)
The Atlantic Puffin, also known as the Common Puffin, is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean. There are two other related species, the Tufted Puffin and the Horned Puffin. Photographed at Farne Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)
The Black-headed Gull is a small bird that breeds in most of the Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Photographed at Goa, India (Johnson Peter)
Brown-headed Gull photographed at Frasergunge, West Bengal, India (Rana Mukherjee)
The Caspian Gull is a large gull found around the Black and Caspian Seas, extending eastwards across Central Asia to north-west China. Photographed at Chilika, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)
The Crab Plover is a bird related to waders. Some people have considered it to be closely related to the thick-knees, or the pratincoles while others have considered it closer to the auks and gulls. Photographed at Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Eurasian Curlew, also known as the Common Curlew, is a wader which is widespread, breeding across temperate Europe and Asia. Photographed at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India (Uday Wandkar)
Glaucous Winged Gull photographed in British Columbia (Dr.Jayaraj Padmanabhan)
The Great Black-backed Gull is the largest of the gulls, weighing as much as five pounds. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
Greater Crested Terns breed in colonies, often in association with other seabirds. This species has widespread distribution ranges. Photographed at Akshi Beach, Maharashtra (Hemant Kirola)
Greater crested Tern photographed at Kundapura, India (Smitha Rao)
The Common Guillemot is a large auk. It is also known as the thin-billed Murre in North America. Photographed at Norway (Carlo Galliani)
The Heermann’s Gull is a gull resident in the United States, Mexico and extreme southwestern British Columbia. This bird is usually found near shores or well out to sea, rarely found inland. Photographed at the Pacific coast, California (Subhamoy Das)
Heuglin’s Gull, also known as the Siberian Gull. Photographed at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India (Uday Wandkar)
The Northern Gannet is the largest species of the gannet family, Sulidae. This species is native to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, breeding in Western Europe and North America. Photo taken in Scotland, Europe (Waltraud Kis)
Northern Gannet photographed in Scotland, Europe (Waltraud Kis)
The Razorbill is also known as the lesser Auk. It is a colonial seabird in the monotypic genus Alca of the family Alcidae, the auks. This species is the closest living relative to the extinct Great Auk (Carlo Galliani)
The Ruddy Turnstone is a small wader bird breeding in northern latitudes, usually no more than a few kilometres from the sea. Photographed at Tenerife, Canary Islands (Waltraud Kis)
Sanderling photographed at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, USA. It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to south America, south Europe, Africa and Australia (Ashrith R Kandula)
Adult Black-headed Gull in its winter plumage. It is found over much of Europe, except pain, Italy and Greece. It is also found in Japan and Eastern China. Photographed in Dubai (Valentine Fernandez)
The Temminck’s Stint photographed at the Mousuni Island, Westbengal, India (Subhendu Khanra)
The oldest known Razorbill was at least 41 years old! This photograph was taken at Perroquets in Canada with Michael Parr of the American Bird Conservancy.
Western Reef Heron in a dark morph. Photographed at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India (Uday Wandkar)
The Whimbrel is. Migratory bird wintering on the coasts of Africa, southern North America, South America and South Asia into Australia. Photographed at Diu, India (Ashish Singh)
Whiskered Tern photographed at the Mangalajudi, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager

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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.