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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #47

www.swarovskioptik.comThis week the bird photography has reached a new height! The selection of wild birds is representative of the birds of the world and all photographs are of the highest quality. We must all celebrate the amazing photographers who through their dedication have been able to bring these amazing images to us. The freedom and vibrant colors of wild birds will never cease to amaze us. We need to do everything we can to ensure these stunning creatures remain safe in the wild…

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 hundreds 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…

 

Superb starlings are common and found in E Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. (Vinayak Yardi)
Superb starlings are common and found in E Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. (Vinayak Yardi)
Brown sicklebills are distributed in the mountain forests of Papua New Guinea and were discovered by Carl Hunstein in 1884. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Brown sicklebills are distributed in the mountain forests of Papua New Guinea and were discovered by Carl Hunstein in 1884. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Spot-billed ducks are resident in the southern part of their range from Pakistan and India to S Japan. (Shishir Saksena)
Spot-billed ducks are resident in the southern part of their range from Pakistan and India to S Japan. (Shishir Saksena)
Velvet-fronted nuthatches are  found in S Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka E to S China and Indonesia, preferring all types of woodlands with open evergreen forest as the optimal habitat. (Girish Ketkar)
Velvet-fronted nuthatches are found in S Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka E to S China and Indonesia, preferring all types of woodlands with open evergreen forest as the optimal habitat. (Girish Ketkar)
White-throated fantails are found in forest, scrub and cultivation across tropical S Asia from the Himalayas, India and Bangladesh E to Indonesia. Photographed here in Sattal Uttarakhand (India). (Anantha Murthy)
White-throated fantails are found in forest, scrub and cultivation across tropical S Asia from the Himalayas, India and Bangladesh E to Indonesia. Photographed here in Sattal Uttarakhand (India). (Anantha Murthy)

 

White-cheeked barbets range along the Western Ghats S from the Surat Dangs and along the associated hills of S India into parts of the SE Ghats mainly in the Shevaroy and Chitteri hills. (Nitin Lokur)
White-cheeked barbets range along the Western Ghats S from the Surat Dangs and along the associated hills of S India into parts of the SE Ghats mainly in the Shevaroy and Chitteri hills. (Nitin Lokur)
White-collared mannikins are resident breeders in the tropical New World from SE Mexico to Costa Rica and the extreme west of Panama. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)
White-collared mannikins are resident breeders in the tropical New World from SE Mexico to Costa Rica and the extreme west of Panama. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)
Narrow-billed tody are found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily-degraded former forest. (Matthew Matthiessen / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Narrow-billed tody are found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily-degraded former forest. (Matthew Matthiessen / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Osprey are  the second most widely distributed raptor species on earth, after the Peregrine Falcon. They have a worldwide distribution and are found in temperate and tropical regions of all continents except Antarctica. (Peter Chromik)
Osprey are the second most widely distributed raptor species on earth, after the Peregrine Falcon. They have a worldwide distribution and are found in temperate and tropical regions of all continents except Antarctica. (Peter Chromik)
Kalij pheasants are found in forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills from Nepal to W Thailand. (Gururaj Moorching)
Kalij pheasants are found in forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills from Nepal to W Thailand. (Gururaj Moorching)
Ruby-throated hummingbirds breed throughout most of eastern N America and the Canadian prairies, preferring deciduous and pine forests, as well as forest edges, orchards and gardens. (Melissa Penta)
Ruby-throated hummingbirds breed throughout most of eastern N America and the Canadian prairies, preferring deciduous and pine forests, as well as forest edges, orchards and gardens. (Melissa Penta)
Purple swamphens have subspecies in the Mediterranean, Africa, tropical Asia, Australasia, Indonesia and the Philippines. (Richard & Eileen Flack)
Purple swamphens have subspecies in the Mediterranean, Africa, tropical Asia, Australasia, Indonesia and the Philippines. (Richard & Eileen Flack)
Sparkling violetears are widespread in the highlands of N and W South America, including the Andes (N of Argentina), the Venezuelan Coastal Range, and the Tepuis. (Owen Deutsch)
Sparkling violetears are widespread in the highlands of N and W South America, including the Andes (N of Argentina), the Venezuelan Coastal Range, and the Tepuis. (Owen Deutsch)
Blue-grey tanagers range from Mexico S to NE Bolivia and N Brazil, as well as all of the Amazon Basin. (Owen Deutsch)
Blue-grey tanagers range from Mexico S to NE Bolivia and N Brazil, as well as all of the Amazon Basin. (Owen Deutsch)
White-breasted waterhens are widely distributed across SE Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, inhabiting  marshes across south Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to south China and Indonesia. (Jineesh Mallishery)
White-breasted waterhens are widely distributed across SE Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, inhabiting marshes across south Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to south China and Indonesia. (Jineesh Mallishery)
Horned grebes have a wide distribution across the N hemisphere and also known as the Devil-diver, Hell-diver, Pink-eyed diver and Water witch. (Lennart Hessel)
Horned grebes have a wide distribution across the N hemisphere and also known as the Devil-diver, Hell-diver, Pink-eyed diver and Water witch. (Lennart Hessel)
Himalayan cutias  the Himalayan region, from India to N Thailand, preferring tropical to subtropical humid montane forests. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Himalayan cutias the Himalayan region, from India to N Thailand, preferring tropical to subtropical humid montane forests. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
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. (Anja Denker)
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. (Anja Denker)
Blue-breasted bee-eaters are found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Blue-breasted bee-eaters are found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Sooty thrushes are endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and W Panama. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)
Sooty thrushes are endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and W Panama. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)
Greater coucals or Crow pheasants are a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds and are widespread residents in Asia, from India, E to S China and Indonesia. (Bindia Gupta)
Greater coucals or Crow pheasants are a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds and are widespread residents in Asia, from India, E to S China and Indonesia. (Bindia Gupta)
White-throated magpie-jays range from the Pacific-slope thornforest of Jalisco (Mexico) to Guanacaste (Costa Rica) and are highly-gregarious, mobbing observers and making nuisance of themselves. (Frank Thierfelder)
White-throated magpie-jays range from the Pacific-slope thornforest of Jalisco (Mexico) to Guanacaste (Costa Rica) and are highly-gregarious, mobbing observers and making nuisance of themselves. (Frank Thierfelder)
Double-crested cormorants occur along inland waterways and some coastal areas, and are widely-distributed across N America from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Florida and Mexico. (Peter Chromik)
Double-crested cormorants occur along inland waterways and some coastal areas, and are widely-distributed across N America from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Florida and Mexico. (Peter Chromik)
Crimson-backed tanagers are found in Colombia, French Guyana, Panama and Venezuela, preferring subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily-degraded former forests. Photographed here in Panama. (Owen Deutsch)
Crimson-backed tanagers are found in Colombia, French Guyana, Panama and Venezuela, preferring subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily-degraded former forests. Photographed here in Panama. (Owen Deutsch)
Scarlet macaws extend from extreme SE Mexico to Amazonian Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in lowlands up to 500m, suffering from local extinctions due to habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)
Scarlet macaws extend from extreme SE Mexico to Amazonian Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in lowlands up to 500m, suffering from local extinctions due to habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade. (Alvaro Cubero Vega)

 

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Comments

  1. Dillisor Limbu
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    September 7, 2013, 5:08 am

    wild birds make jungle beautiful with their beautiful colours and their sweet songs……. :)

  2. Yvonne Pietersen
    South Africa
    September 3, 2013, 4:15 am

    Superb selection thank you

  3. Raj Sarkar
    India
    September 2, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Great images… wow