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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #114

Every week we receive hundreds of wild bird photographs via our Facebook page. And every week we are truly amazed by the quality of the images that all of the dedicated photographers send through. Here we present what we consider to be the Top 25 images of the week. These are the images that demand your attention and have captured the lives of these birds so well. Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs this week and we hope you enjoy this week’s selection. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

To be in the running for next week’s Top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species, location, and photographer as the caption. Also, follow us on Twitter for regular updates and on Instagram to learn more about the birds that we featured this week!

The White-bellied Sea Eagle occurs along the coasts of Australasia and India. Here it has cultural significance to many communities. For example on Nissan Island (Papua New Guinea), the eagle’s call is believed to signal danger. Photograph by Pranesh Kodancha

 

Baya Weavers prefer open habitats near to water. Photograph by Amit Kumar Srivastava

 

A beautiful female Red Avadavat, photographed by Tapash Kumar Dutta. Unlike the males, who are completely red, females just have a red rump

 

Citrine Wagtails prefer marshy habitats where there are plentiful insects for them to prey on. Photograph by Amit Kumar Bal

 

A Common Kestrel with prey. They eat mainly rodents and occasionally small passerine birds. Photograph by Awais Ali Sheikh

 

Male and female Common Shelducks have different vocalisations, especially during the breeding season. Photograph by Birupakshya Mitra

 

Common Starlings are a highly adaptable species, they are omnivorous and will feed opportunistically on whatever they have can find in the area. This species is native to Eurasia but has also been introduced to a number of countries including South Africa, Australia and America. Since they are highly adaptable, the species has done remarkably well in these regions. In some areas Common Starlings have become so numerous that authorities consider them an invasive species. Photograph by Gaurav Budhiraja

 

A beautifully captured Crested Lark by Jay Desai

 

Crested Mynas prefer open habitats, they will avoid wooded areas. Photograph by Amit Srivastava

 

The number of Egyptian Vultures in India has declined dramatically in the last 10 years! This is largely attributed to the veterinary drug, Diclofenac which was present in the livestock carcasses that these vultures are feeding on. Diclofenac was banned in 2006 and studies suggest that the decline has now slowed. Photograph by Vishal Monakar

 

A vibrant Asian Green Bee-eater captured in Pune, India by Sushil Khekare

 

The Green Sandpiper takes full advantage of the seasonal abundance of invertebrates by breeding in northern Eurasia during the summer and then spending the southern summer in southern Eurasia and Africa. Photograph by Indranil Bhattacharjee

 

The Eurasian Green Woodpecker is well adapted to the snow, they will build tunnels up to a metre, if needed, to find insects and other invertebrates on the ground. Photograph by Carlo Galliani

 

This beautiful Green-tailed Sunbird was photographed by Radhakrishnan Sadasivam in Bhutan

 

The Hildebrandt’s Starling is found only in Kenya and Tanzania. This striking individual was photographed in the Maasai Mara by Ramesh Aithal

 

The Indian Courser can often be found in dry fallow land and wastelands, where insect prey can be easily caught. Photograph by Zameerpasha Junaidi

 

The Lilac-breasted Roller is a common sight in the acacia woodlands of Africa. They are beautiful birds, especially in flight when they reveal their brilliant, metallic-blue feathers. This one was photographed in Kenya by Ramesh Aithal

 

A beautiful Little Ringed Plover, photographed by Arup Dutta on the Damodar river, near Barsul, India

 

In Pakistan and Myanmar, Pied Bushchats are often parasitised by Common Cuckoos. Photograph by Tushar Tripathi T T

 

This Red-billed Leiothrix favours thick undergrowth, where they forage for insects, berries and seeds. Photograph by Vishal Monakar

 

A magnificent Red-tailed Hawk photographed in Puerto Rico by Raymond D’Jesus Asencio

 

A Spot-bellied Eagle-owl photographed by Shyam Sundar Nijgal in Dandeli, India. These Eagle-owls have distinctly spotted breasts and large, striped ear tufts making them quite a striking species

 

As a species, Stork-billed Kingfishers are amazingly diverse, this has lead taxonomists to split the species into 15 sub-species. This individual belongs to the sub-species, capensis. Photograph by Souvik Dey

 

Here we have a Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed by Narahari Kanike. This is a male, distinguishable by his vibrant blue back, females on the other hand have a dusky blue back

 

A magnificent White-bellied Sea Eagle in flight, photographed in Malaysia by Sushil Khekare

 

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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!!

 

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #113

 

 

Comments

  1. Vishal Monakar
    New Delhi
    November 18, 8:35 am

    Thank you so much National Geographic, Wild Bird Trust, Steve Boyce, Christie Craig and everyone for your initiative & efforts.

    Its an honor to share this platform amongst such wonderful people and photos.

    Many thanks

  2. Goutam Mitra
    Calcutta, India.
    November 17, 8:14 am

    Congratulations to all the winners!