birding

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Parrots

Parrots are a colourful group of birds found in most tropical and subtropical regions where they use cool temperate habitats. Their diet varies depending on the species, but many feed on vegetable matter, fruits, seeds, and nectar and pollen, with ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Camouflage

Birds make use of plumage colouration and behaviour to conceal themselves from potential predators or prey, this is known as camouflage. In some species plumage colouration will match the surrounding environment, while patterns such as countershading reduce the shadow on ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Owls

Owls are characterised by an upright stance, binocular vision, and flight feathers that are adapted for silent flight. In many species the flight feathers are serrated at the edges; this reduces the noise made by the wingbeats and allows the ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: November

2018 is year of the bird, a project launched by National Geographic with the aim of increasing awareness about birds and the threats they face. This year is 100 years since the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, which brought with it ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Flocks

Birds will often form aggregations known as flocks when they feed, or fly. The benefit of doing activities as part of a flock is that multiple birds can look out for danger while others forage or fly. Many species will ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Black plumage

Many birds make use of black plumage, whole or only partially. In feathers it is melanin pigments that produce the black to reddish-brown colour, these pigments are enclosed in granular structures called melanosomes. The melanosomes make black feathers stronger and ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship Displays

Energetic and colourful courtship displays are used by many bird species to attract a mate and show readiness to copulate. These displays vary widely and include the use of colourful and ornate breeding plumage; melodious songs; energetic dances; and gift ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migratory Birds 2

In the Northern Hemisphere autumn is underway and many birds are making their way back to warmer climates to overwinter in areas with increased prey availability. Many of the bird species that migrate are aerial foragers and waders, migrating between ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds Feeding

In many ecosystems birds have various roles including pollination of flowers, maintaining sustainable levels of their prey populations, and removal of waste by scavenging dead organisms. Having a variety of roles mean that birds as a group also have a ...

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

Bird flight has sparked many people’s imaginations throughout history; inspiring artwork, and aircraft design. Thanks to special adaptations such as feathers, and hollow wing bones, most bird species are capable of flight. Due to the varying sizes and shapes ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Gamebirds

Gamebirds are a diverse group and include both waterfowl and landfowl, their diversity extends to the wide range of habitats that they occupy; from lowland deserts to tropical rainforests, on all continents except Antarctica. These birds can be sustainably harvested ...