Steve Boyes

Our world’s last remaining wild places are the treasuries of biodiversity and home to most of the world’s remaining wildlife, sustaining remnant communities of wildlife in marginal, degraded habitats through immigration or migration. We must act now to protect our last wild places and ensure the planet's future by committing to protect 30% of our planet by 2030.

This week we honour the Migratory Bird Treaty Act on 1918, an act which has protected countless birds from being hunted and exploited for the last 100 years. The strength of this act is now being threatened by legislation changes which no longer make companies accountable for bird deaths. Here the birding community can have...

Brood parasites are an incredibly interesting group of birds. Instead of going to the trouble of building their own nests and raising their own young, they out-source these functions to other birds. They will lay their eggs in the nests of other breeding birds and allow them to raise their young on their behalf. They...

Wild Bird Trust present the Top 25 “Wild Birds of the Night”. Nocturnal birds are often lesser known and seldom seen. They tend to be drab since in low light there is little benefit to having brightly coloured plumage. They also have larger eyes than diurnal species which allows maximum light to penetrate to their...

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Endemic Wild Birds. Endemism refers to birds that occur only in a region or country. Sometimes endemism refers to a habitat type but often it refers to country demarcations. This is essentially a human definition then and may not mean much to the birds itself. However endemic birds...

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Wild Raptors. Raptors are some of the most awe-inspiring birds. They are strong and agile with excellent eyesight, making them highly adept hunters. This week we feature raptors from all over the globe, from the tiny Falconet of south-east Asia to the mighty Martial Eagle of Africa. The...

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Migratory Wild Birds. Approximately 40% of the world’s birds migrate, which means there a lot of birds on the move! Migration is primarily a strategy to optimize living conditions by moving to areas which are warmer and have more food. Migrant birds can be especially difficult to conserve...

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Wild Waterbirds. Waterbirds can be particularly rewarding to photograph as waterbodies like wetlands and estuaries attract so many different species. In the past wetlands and marshes were often seen as wastelands that should be drained or transformed, but now we are recognising the value of these areas to...

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25, Wild Birds with a Splash of Colour. Birds are amongst the most colourful in the animal kingdom. Given that having colourful plumage makes you more vulnerable to being spotted by predators it begs the question, why are so many birds colourful? The age old theory is that...

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Backyard Birds! This week, in honour of the Great Backyard Bird Count, all birds featured are backyard birds. Backyards, or as some say, gardens, are excellent refuges for a wide range of birdlife. In a rapidly urbanising world gardens will become more and more important to sustaining bird...

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25, Wild Birds on the Edge. With 1 in 8 wild birds listed as at-risk on the IUCN Redlist, we dedicate this week’s Top 25 to these birds, on the edge of extinction. The IUCN Redlist is the leading authority for categorising at-risk species, they use a number...

This year I am celebrating World Wetlands Day in Luanda, Angola where we have just launched the new Portuguese issue of the National Geographic magazine, featuring an article documenting our journey to the source of one of Africa’s most important wetland systems- the Okavango-Zambezi Basin. There is a new energy in the city, with a...

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs Against Spectacular Landscapes. We were truly blown away by the amazing landscape and habitat shots that were submitted this week!  Birds are excellent indicators of habitat quality, when habitats are degraded only the generalist and opportunistic species will remain in the area, others will...

Photographing birds has so many different facets and exciting photographic challenges. There is the tricky shot of a bird in flight, requiring quick reflexes and perfect timing to get that perfect clarity and frame. Then there’s moments between photographer and bird where a bird fixing you with its gaze creates an alluring portrait. And the...