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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #34


Birds living successfully in the wild are a perfect representation of the freedom, balance and spontaneous creativity of our natural world. Flight is the obvious adaptation when given hundreds of millions of years to evolve and change. It seems the longer a lineage lives successfully on earth, the more likely it is to take to the skies. Insects and birds have been around for a very long time. Given the choice, we have chosen to fly around the world in 80 days, land on the moon, and then fly the human body beyond the sound barrier.  Their innumerable colors, shapes and sizes demonstrate the innate diversity of the wilderness. Wild birds can circumnavigate the globe, dive the deep in the ocean, fly faster than 300km per hour, and see farther than any other animal. We must respect our fellow aviators and do everything we can to ensure that all bird species are accommodated during the approaching period of global development and change…

Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from the thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust for consideration every week. Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are…

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Robbie Aspeling
Malachite kingfishers are one of the most widespread river kingfishers in Africa S of the Sahara, perching low to the water on most African waterways. (Robbie Aspeling)
Anja Denker
African scops owls are endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and rarely seen on the beach away from trees. Photographed here along the Namibian coastline. (Anja Denker)
Mohamed Mothi
Black-and-Orange flycatchers are endemic to the central and S Western Ghats, as well as the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in S India. (Mohamed Mothi)
Pax Bell
Black-shoulder kites are found in open habitat throughout Australia and resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America. (Pax Bell)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Orange-breasted sunbirds are endemic to the fynbos habitat of the Western Cape Province (South Africa), occurring in parks, reserves and private gardens. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Anish Biswas
Swinhoe's snipes breed mainly in central and S Siberia and Mongolia. Local populations migrate during the non-breeding season to E and S India, Sri Lanka, SE China, SE Asia and New Guinea. (Anish Biswas)
Antero Topp
Southern lapwings are widespread and abundant residents across South America, avoiding densely forested regions (e.g. Amazon Basin), higher parts of the Andes and the arid coast of a large part of W South America. Photographed here in Ushuaia (Argentina). (Antero Topp)
Forrest Rowland / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Golden-collared toucanets are arboreal fruit-eaters found in the W Amazon rainforest in South America. (Forrest Rowland / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Subramanniyan Mani
Velvet-fronted nuthatches are found in S Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east all the way to S China and Indonesia. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Dhritiman Hore
White wagtails breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of N Africa. They are resident in the mildest parts of their distributional range and migrate to parts of Africa. (Dhritiman Hore)
Anish Biswas
Blue-throated barbets are distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. They are commonly seen in urban gardens. (Anish Biswas)
Chris Krog
Blue waxbills are found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They have a range of over 3,600,000 km² with several subspecies identified. (Chris Krog)
Robbie Aspeling
Giant kingfishers are resident breeders over most of the continent S of the Sahara Desert. They have mastered the oceans, estuaries, rivers and lakes of Africa. (Robbie Aspeling)
Subramanya Madhyastha
Indian silverbills are resident breeders in the drier regions of the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. (Subramanya Madhyastha)
Anish Biswas
Greater flamebacks are dominant cavity excavators that are widely distributed in tropical Asia across the Indian subcontinent E all the way to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Anish Biswas)
Nina Stavlund
South polar skuas breed on the Antarctic coastline in November and December. Similar to their N cousins, they fly straight at the head of a human or other intruder approaching their nest. They migrate N and spend their winters at sea in the Pacific, Indian and S Atlantic Oceans. (Nina Stavlund)
Ernie Wastoo
Hummingbirds are known for the humming sound created by their beating wings. They conserve energy by stopping and sleeping. When food is scarce they are able to go into hibernation or torpor, slowing their metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate. (Ernie Wastoo)
Gururaj Moorching
Rufous-chinned laughing thrushes range across the Himalayas in the N parts of the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of SE Asia. (Gururaj Moorching)
Chris Krog
Red-crested korhaan are found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Chris Krog)
Mohamed Mothi
Greater flamingos are most widespread species of flamingo found in Africa, S Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India), and S Europe in Spain, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and France). (Mohamed Mothi)
Anantha Murthy
Purple-rumped sunbirds are common resident breeders in S India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. preferring a variety of habitats with trees, scrub and cultivated lands. (Anantha Murthy)
Anja Denker
Lilac-breasted rollers are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and S Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savannas where they can hawk for flying insects. They are often seen perched on telephone and power lines. (Anja Denker)
Gururaj Moorching
Red-billed leothrix are members of the Old World babbler family and only found the Indian Subcontinent. common cagebird known as the "Pekin Robin" or "Pekin Nightingale". (Gururaj Moorching)
Sathish Poojari
Grey-headed Canary-flycatchers breed upland to montane oak and broad-leaved forests and similar wooded habitat in temperate to tropical S Asia from Pakistan, central India, and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and S China. (Sathish Poojari)
Jineesh Mallishery
Indian robins are widespread on the Indian Subcontinent and distributed across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. (Jineesh Mallishery)
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  1. Riaz Muhammad
    February 6, 2013, 12:34 pm

    I am doing bird photography ,and i love these beautiful images.how can i share mine images.

  2. Hannah J.
    United States
    January 23, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Wow! Those are some beautiful bird photographs! It really makes me wanna find spare time to bird watch. 🙂 Thank you for sharing these amazing photos!

  3. Sobhan Kachari
    January 23, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Great pics….Thanks for sharing….Mesmerized by the beauty of this nature…..

  4. Raphael mtembo
    Malawi lilongwe
    January 23, 2013, 2:03 am

    Good job,keep on updating us.

  5. rochelle langs
    united states
    January 22, 2013, 10:53 pm

    i love National Geographic ,you guys are so wonderful,also you make the world come alive and show God’s Beautiful creation

    Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula.
    January 22, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Hello again. I see I’m not the only one asking, but I still see no reply, so I’ll ask again: where can we post our bird photos? Thanks! http://www.rideintobirdland.com

  7. Assad-Adli
    Iran / Tehran
    January 22, 2013, 11:23 am

    Thank you Mr Steve Boyes for sharing your amazing pictures and information about them make me familiar bird watching . be good , you doing best

  8. Vikasg khadtale
    Nasik (India)
    January 22, 2013, 6:43 am

    Nice! Photography ,Birds ,collection & information!

  9. Mara Kuprisa
    January 22, 2013, 3:23 am


  10. ahir
    January 22, 2013, 2:54 am

    awesome click by the photographer

  11. louis w. raypon
    January 22, 2013, 1:33 am

    nature’s bounty….

    Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula
    January 22, 2013, 1:10 am

    After going through the information several times, I’ve failed to understand how to submit photographs, or even if it actually is an open bird photography contest. Can someone please explain? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  13. Nancy Baldonado
    January 22, 2013, 1:06 am

    Thank You for these amazing pictures !

  14. Lori
    United States
    January 22, 2013, 12:50 am

    Beautiful Pictures!

  15. Gary E. Rasmussen
    Anchorage, Alaska U.S.A.
    January 21, 2013, 8:05 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  16. John Parkinson
    January 21, 2013, 8:27 am

    Thank you for sharing these stunning images. Birds living successfully in the wild are a perfect representation of the glory and creativity of God. “And God created…every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply,…and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (Genesis 1:21-23).

  17. Bhaskor Barukial
    January 21, 2013, 6:03 am

    Very nice, I am start birding last 3 year without any guide book..than a gentle man give me Salim Ali’s A Picturial guide book for birds…this is good for beginner ..now some bird updated to new name…through your page now i get some picture and infomation about bird..Thank you..

  18. Lee Ouzman
    Maun, Botswana
    January 21, 2013, 5:39 am
  19. vksagar
    bangalore, india
    January 21, 2013, 1:37 am

    terrific photos

  20. Philippa Elaine Castle
    January 20, 2013, 6:12 am

    Beautiful Birds and great information.

  21. Swayam
    January 20, 2013, 5:39 am

    Where should the pics be posted?