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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #30

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Birds never cease to amaze and fascinate, as they take to the skies with the confidence of exclusivity, the masters of flight. This amazing collection provides a window into the lives of birds in the wild. From the poles to the deep green tropical forests of the equator. Master aviators that migrate across the planet to supernatural swimmers that swim better than fish. I live in awe of wild, free birds…   

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Subramanya Madhyastha
Rose-ringed parakeets or ring-necked Parakeet are highly gregarious tropical Afro-Asian parakeets that has an extremely large range across Africa and Asia. Feral populations flourish in diverse urban environments from Europe to South Africa. (Subramanya Madhyastha)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
Malagasy kingfishers are only found in Madagascar and Mayotte (Comoros), preferring subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Christopher Ciccone
White-winged crossbills are found in the northernmost parts of USA and Canada. They are perfectly adapted to extracting seeds from the cones of coniferous trees, moving large distances between years tracking fluctuations in the cone crop. (Christopher Ciccone)
Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen
King penguins are the second largest penguin species, after the Emperor penguin. They live on the islands to the N of the Antarctic continent. (Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen)
Subramanniyan Mani
Common kestrels are widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and are occasionally seen on the E coast of North America. These vagrants complete an oceanic flight that rivals the Amur falcon. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Rodnick Clifton Biljon
Black-headed heron are distributed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (except the central Kalahari). In equatorial Africa they are sedentary, but elsewhere they migrate in relation to the timing of the dry seasons. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)
Melissa Penta
Riding the Eagle! Red-winged blackbird hounding a young bald eagle that is trying to avoid being defecated on and harassed. (Melissa Penta)
Anantha Murthy
Oriental white-eyes are resident breeders in the open woodlands of tropical Asia, east from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia (extending to Indonesia and Malaysia), foraging in small groups that seek out nectar and small insects. (Anantha Murthy)
Nobby Clarke
Tawny eagles are found mostly in Africa with smaller populations across tropical SW Asia to India. (Nobby Clarke)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Fiery-necked nightjars occur in Africa south of the equator, ranging from coastal Kenya southwards to Tanzania, DRC, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Their distinctive and frequently uttered call is rendered as 'good-lord-deliver-us'. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
John Murray
Little bitterns breed in Africa, central and S Europe, W and S Asia, and Madagascar. Populations from temperate regions of Europe and W Asia are migratory, wintering in Africa and S Asia. (John Murray)
John Tinkler
Black-shouldered kites are widespread and found in India, SE Asia, SW Europe and across sub-Saharan Africa. They re very common in S Africa, especially in South Africa, NE Zimbabwe and central Botswana. (John Tinkler)
Jay van Rensburg
Barn owls are one of the most widespread of all birds. They are known by many names, including White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl, Stone Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Hissing Owl, Hobgoblin or Hobby Owl, Dobby Owl, White-breasted Owl, Golden Owl, Scritch Owl, Screech Owl, Straw Owl, Barnyard Owl and Delicate Owl. (Jay van Rensburg)
Mark Drysdale
Jackal buzzards are endemic to S Africa from W and S Namibia and SW Botswana all the way to South Africa. They prefer hilly or mountainous areas with karoo, fynbos, grassland, open woodland or semi-desert. (Mark Drysdale)
Angad Achappa
Indian rollers are found on the Indian Subcontinent with a wider, arching distribution from Iraq to Thailand. They are best known for the aerobatic displays during the breeding season. (Angad Achappa)
Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com
Violet-bellied hummingbirds are monotypical for genus Damophila and are found in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru, where they prefer subtropical or tropical dry forests, and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
John Murray
Grey herons occur across much of the Old World from W Scandinavia, Great Britain and the Iberian Peninsula to sub-Saharan Africa. They generally prefer shallow water bodies, such as estuaries, lagoons, rivers, lakes, the intertidal zone, marshes and dams. (John Murray)
Adbul Salam Usta
Golden orioles are the only oriole that breeds in the N hemisphere temperate regions, where they are summer migrants in Europe and W Asia, spending the winter in central and S Africa. (Adbul Salam Usta)
Peter Pischler
Double-banded sandgrouse are found in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, preferring short trampled grass beside roads and tracks, gravel patches, tussocky grassland and recently burned areas. (Peter Pischler)
Anantha Murthy
Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the W Ghats of India and feed mainly on nectar. (Anantha Murthy)
Dhritiman Hore
Hoopoes are distributed throughout Africa and Asia, and are superbly camouflaged for feeding on the ground in dry habitat. They were revered in ancient Egypt, were seen as a symbol of virtue in ancient Persia, and are the national bird of Israel. (Dhritiman Hore)
Angad Achappa
Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia with seasonal migrations in much of peninsular India. (Angad Achappa)
Melissa Penta
Black skimmers breed in N and S America. Populations in N America winter in the Caribbean and tropical/subtropical Pacific coast. S American races make only shorter local movements in response to annual flooding. Photographed here in Cape May (New Jersey). (Melissa Penta)
Melissa Penta
Acorn woodpeckers breed in the oak forested areas of coastal California and SW United States all the way down S to Colombia. Photographed here in Costa Rica. (Melissa Penta)
Burkhard Schlosser
Village weavers are found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, preferring a wide range of open or semi-open habitats (e.g. woodlands and human habitation) and often form large colonies in towns, villages and hotel grounds. (Burkhard Schlosser)

Comments

  1. Online Gym
    December 12, 2012, 2:45 pm

    These really are great photo’s

  2. Online Gym
    Long Island
    December 12, 2012, 2:31 pm

    My favorite one is the Hoopoes I like the Mohawk it has going o, With that said i also like the Indian rollers . I like the colors

  3. "Online Gym":https://ondemand.thefitfem.com/
    December 12, 2012, 2:28 pm

    My favorite one is the Hoopoes I like the Mohawk it has going on.

  4. KARAOKETWITCHER
    WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND, UK
    December 7, 2012, 9:53 am

    GREAT PICTURES! but they were hard to find as the link above the King Penguin only takes you to Week 29! And the link below the picture lets you into Week 30!
    Hope this is helpful in letting even more people see these wonderful bird images!
    KT

  5. deepanker pandey
    india
    December 6, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I’ve photographs of many birds ,but problem is that, it is not cleared…..but i appreciate for your good step…

  6. vijay khandelwal
    mumbai india
    December 4, 2012, 5:26 am

    what is the bulge on the chest of tawny eagle. Awesome photos congrats

  7. Naveena
    India
    December 3, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Amazed beyond measure !! :)

  8. ELISA ANGELICA SOSA ceballos
    Argentina
    November 30, 2012, 9:38 am

    las fotos mas hermosas de aves que e visto, muchas felicitaciones. esto da gusto ver. gracias.

  9. carlos corrales
    colombia
    November 29, 2012, 10:03 am

    me parecen muy hermosos, pero me gustaria que publicaran fotos de pajaros raros, o con dificultad para ser vistos facilmente.

  10. Steve Boyes
    November 29, 2012, 9:25 am

    Neels and Peter: Thanks so much for spotting that! Have corrected.

  11. Varsha kulkarni
    Pune.india
    November 29, 2012, 6:33 am

    Nice!

  12. Varsha kulkarni
    Pune india
    November 29, 2012, 6:31 am

    Beautiful!

  13. Peter Thompson
    Pretoria
    November 29, 2012, 5:39 am

    Enjoyed the photos, but the Southern Masked Weavers appear rather to be two male Village Weavers and a female Thick-billed Weaver.

  14. Neels Jackson
    Pretoria
    November 29, 2012, 4:50 am

    The birds in the last picture look more like village weavers than southern masked weavers.