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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #46

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Red-and-yellow barbets are found in eastern Africa, preferring broken terrain due to nesting and roosting in burrows. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Red-and-yellow barbets are found in eastern Africa, preferring broken terrain due to nesting and roosting in burrows. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Semiplumbeous hawks are found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and Panama, preferring subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Semiplumbeous hawks are found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and Panama, preferring subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Spotted eagle owls are a common resident in southern Africa and is recognized as one of the smallest eagle owls. (Jay van Rensburg)

Spotted eagle owls are a common resident in southern Africa and is recognized as one of the smallest eagle owls. (Jay van Rensburg)

Scaly-breasted munia are endemic to Asia and found in India and Sri Lanka, as well as E to Indonesia and the Philippines. feral populations have established in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as parts of Australia and USA. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Scaly-breasted munia are endemic to Asia and found in India and Sri Lanka, as well as E to Indonesia and the Philippines. feral populations have established in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as parts of Australia and USA. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Rufous-backed kingfishers are found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, preferring tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamsides. Photographed here on Bangka Island (Indonesia). (Syahputra Putra)

Rufous-backed kingfishers are found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, preferring tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamsides. Photographed here on Bangka Island (Indonesia). (Syahputra Putra)

Red-wattled lapwings breed in W Asia from Iraq and SW Iran, the Arabian peninsula E across S Asia (including Afghanistan, Pakistan and the entire Indian subcontinent). (Akash Mohan)

Red-wattled lapwings breed in W Asia from Iraq and SW Iran, the Arabian peninsula E across S Asia (including Afghanistan, Pakistan and the entire Indian subcontinent). (Akash Mohan)

Plum-headed parakeets are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent, preferring forest and open woodlands in the foothills of the Himalayas south to Sri Lanka. (Subramanian Chockalingam)

Plum-headed parakeets are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent, preferring forest and open woodlands in the foothills of the Himalayas south to Sri Lanka. (Subramanian Chockalingam)

Ocellated antbird are monotypic within the genus Phaenostictus and are found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. (Owen Deutsch)

Ocellated antbird are monotypic within the genus Phaenostictus and are found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. (Owen Deutsch)

Over 2 million lesser and greater flamingos on Lake Nakuru (Kenya). (David Shackelford / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Over 2 million lesser and greater flamingos on Lake Nakuru (Kenya). (David Shackelford / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Indian rollers are distributed widely across tropical Asia stretching from Iraq E to the Indian Subcontinent and Indochina. (Subramanniyan Mani)

Indian rollers are distributed widely across tropical Asia stretching from Iraq E to the Indian Subcontinent and Indochina. (Subramanniyan Mani)

Indian pittas breed in the sub-Himalayas and winter in S India and Sri Lanka, preferring thick undergrowth. They are easiest detected by their calls. (Rajive Das)

Indian pittas breed in the sub-Himalayas and winter in S India and Sri Lanka, preferring thick undergrowth. They are easiest detected by their calls. (Rajive Das)

Horned grebes breed in the vegetation along freshwater lakes across Europe and Asia, as well as remote inland parts of the USA and much of Canada, wintering along the coast. (Lennart Hessel)

Horned grebes breed in the vegetation along freshwater lakes across Europe and Asia, as well as remote inland parts of the USA and much of Canada, wintering along the coast. (Lennart Hessel)

Hoatzins are found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in S America. They use use bacterial fermentation in the front part of the gut to break down the vegetable material they consume, much like cattle and other ruminants. (Owen Deutsch)

Hoatzins are found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in S America. They use use bacterial fermentation in the front part of the gut to break down the vegetable material they consume, much like cattle and other ruminants. (Owen Deutsch)

Green honeycreepers are found in the tropical New World from S Mexico to Brazil. (Owen Deutsch)

Green honeycreepers are found in the tropical New World from S Mexico to Brazil. (Owen Deutsch)

Green bee-eaters are found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, W Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. (Gurum Ekalavya)

Green bee-eaters are found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, W Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. (Gurum Ekalavya)

Great curassows are distributed in rainforests from E Mexico throughout Central America to W Colombia and NW Ecuador. (Frank Thierfelder)

Great curassows are distributed in rainforests from E Mexico throughout Central America to W Colombia and NW Ecuador. (Frank Thierfelder)

Inca terns breed along the coasts of Peru and Chile, foraging exclusively in the Humboldt current. (Frank Thierfelder)

Inca terns breed along the coasts of Peru and Chile, foraging exclusively in the Humboldt current. (Frank Thierfelder)

Gould’s jewelfronts are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. (Owen Deutsch)

Gould’s jewelfronts are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. (Owen Deutsch)

Common tailorbirds are found throughout tropical Asia and are well-known for making their nests by sewing leaves together. (Gurum Ekalavya)

Common tailorbirds are found throughout tropical Asia and are well-known for making their nests by sewing leaves together. (Gurum Ekalavya)

Brown-hooded parrots are resident breeders in SE Mexico to NW Colombia. Photographed here in the Costa Rican Lowlands. (Frank Thierfelder)

Brown-hooded parrots are resident breeders in SE Mexico to NW Colombia. Photographed here in the Costa Rican Lowlands. (Frank Thierfelder)

Blue-throated barbets are found across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia where they are often seen in garden trees. (Shishir Saksena)

Blue-throated barbets are found across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia where they are often seen in garden trees. (Shishir Saksena)

Black vultures are a common and widespread species distributed from the SE United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in S America. (Alvaro Cubero)

Black vultures are a common and widespread species distributed from the SE United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in S America. (Alvaro Cubero)

Baya weavers are found across S and SE Asia, preferring grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. They are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. (Arpit Shrimal)

Baya weavers are found across S and SE Asia, preferring grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. They are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. (Arpit Shrimal)

Barred antshrikes are found in most of the Neotropics from Mexico through Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and a large part of South America E of the Andes as far S as N Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. (Owen Deutsch)

Barred antshrikes are found in most of the Neotropics from Mexico through Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and a large part of South America E of the Andes as far S as N Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. (Owen Deutsch)

Andean cocks-of-the-rock are indigenous to the Andean cloud forests of S America, and is regarded as the national bird of Peru. (Sarthak Jha)

Andean cocks-of-the-rock are indigenous to the Andean cloud forests of S America, and is regarded as the national bird of Peru. (Sarthak Jha)

 

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Comments

  1. albert faasen
    plumstead cape town south africa
    December 30, 2013, 9:43 am

    Wow ! Just too beautiful . I am still trying to get those perfect shots , but so far have had to be content with the almost perfect ones . We will get there .
    How do i get to submit some of my attempts for criticism ?
    Albert [ aka Shaky ]

  2. Deepa
    Delhi
    August 9, 2013, 7:31 am

    Amazing!

  3. Hukam Singh Chauhan
    Nahan Himachal Pradesh INDIA
    August 6, 2013, 1:19 am

    congretulations to Rajive for selection of photograpgs of indian pitta in best 25 photos…

  4. imransadday
    hyderabad
    July 29, 2013, 10:25 am

    i really appreciate when i am sharing my time with animal.National geographic one of the my favorite channel.

  5. Sahil Nanda
    India
    July 28, 2013, 5:12 am

    How is one supposed to submit his photographs for this?

  6. vicky
    south africa
    July 28, 2013, 4:19 am

    THANKYOU!! for these two unique viewings of two unique birds!! …. the Hoatzin and the Inca Tern!! Thank you Owen Deutsch and Frank Thierfelder!! Wow! ..just loved ! very special. Mind you ! ..all the beautiful bird photographs we see every week are mesmerising in their beauty and diversity!!… we would never known many of them if it wasn’t for this forum. THANKYOU ALL!

  7. Vishwas CGM
    Shimoga, Karnataka, India
    July 27, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Many many Congratulations to Gurum Ekalavya as to, two of his photographs have been selected/published in Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #46