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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #51

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Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity of birdlife. The birds of the world, all 10,000 different species, are a wonder of nature. They are the result of millions of years of natural selection and evolution from the time of the dinosaurs. They managed to take to the skies to exploit the flying insects that encouraged spiders to weave the elaborate webs we see today. Being able to fly allowed the first birds to escape predation from established terrestrial predators and access much safer nesting sites. Flight gave them more food, better nests, more security and access to every possible habitat on the planet. Migration of thousands of kilometres became possible, thus allowing birds to exploit seasonal food resources in different hemispheres. We must all live in awe of wild birds and what they represent. They are symbols of freedom, diversity and beauty and have literally been here forever. Modern people have, for the last few centuries, been killing wild birds in their millions for the first time. Today, there are shocking stories from around the world of wild birds being exploited by the wild-caught bird trade or for bushmeat and as a delicacy. We have already seen many extinctions caused by man and now stand at a tipping point after which we will see hundreds of bird species disappear…

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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… Simply include #greatnature #wildbird when posting new photos… Join the world in celebrating our natural heritage! Please submit your best wild bird photographs by going to: http://www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25

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Baya weavers are found across S and SE Asia, and prefer grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. Here a mother feeds a fledgling... (Aditya Padhye)

Baya weavers are found across S and SE Asia, and prefer grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. Here a mother feeds a fledgling… (Aditya Padhye)

Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the Western Ghats of India, and are attracted to gardens at the edge of the forest where people grow suitable flower bearing plants. (Aditya Padhye)

Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the Western Ghats of India, and are attracted to gardens at the edge of the forest where people grow suitable flower bearing plants. (Aditya Padhye)

White-cheeked barbets are endemic to the forested areas of the Western Ghats and Shevaroy and Chitteri hills. (Anantha Murthy)

White-cheeked barbets are endemic to the forested areas of the Western Ghats and Shevaroy and Chitteri hills. (Anantha Murthy)

Oriental dwarf kingfisher are widespread resident breeders in lowland forests and are found across much of the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, and are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. (Anup Deodhar)

Oriental dwarf kingfisher are widespread resident breeders in lowland forests and are found across much of the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, and are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. (Anup Deodhar)

Crimson sunbirds are resident breeders in tropical S Asia from India to Indonesia, preferring secondary forest and cultivation. (Jayesh Joshi)

Crimson sunbirds are resident breeders in tropical S Asia from India to Indonesia, preferring secondary forest and cultivation. (Jayesh Joshi)

Northern or black crowned cranes are found in the Sahel and Sudan savanna region of Africa, from Senegal and Gambia on the Atlantic coast to the upper Nile River basin in Sudan and Ethiopia. Photographed here in the Masai Mara (Kenya). (Morkel Erasmus / www.morkelerasmus.com)

Northern or black crowned cranes are found in the Sahel and Sudan savanna region of Africa, from Senegal and Gambia on the Atlantic coast to the upper Nile River basin in Sudan and Ethiopia. Photographed here in the Masai Mara (Kenya). (Morkel Erasmus / www.morkelerasmus.com)

African fish eagles are distributed throughout SubSaharan Africa wherever there is abundant fish stocks. Photographed here on the Chobe River (Botswana). (Morkel Erasmus / www.morkelerasmus.com)

African fish eagles are distributed throughout SubSaharan Africa wherever there is abundant fish stocks. Photographed here on the Chobe River (Botswana). (Morkel Erasmus / www.morkelerasmus.com)

Giant kingfishers are  the largest kingfisher in Africa and are distributed along rivers, lagoons, coastlines and lakes throughout SubSaharan Africa. (Richard & Eileen Flack)

Giant kingfishers are the largest kingfisher in Africa and are distributed along rivers, lagoons, coastlines and lakes throughout SubSaharan Africa. (Richard & Eileen Flack)

Tristram's starlings are distributed across Israel, Jordan, NE Egypt (Sinai Peninsula), W Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman, preferring to nest on rocky cliff faces. (Igor Zilberman)

Tristram’s starlings are distributed across Israel, Jordan, NE Egypt (Sinai Peninsula), W Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman, preferring to nest on rocky cliff faces. (Igor Zilberman)

Indian golden orioles are partially migratory and breed in India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Nepal, preferring open deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests, woodland, forest edge, mangroves, open country with scattered trees, parks, gardens orchards and plantations. (Kedar Potnis)

Indian golden orioles are partially migratory and breed in India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Nepal, preferring open deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests, woodland, forest edge, mangroves, open country with scattered trees, parks, gardens orchards and plantations. (Kedar Potnis)

Rose-crowned fruit doves are distributed in lowland rainforests of E Australia and the monsoon forests of N Australia, Lesser Sunda Islands and Maluku Islands of Indonesia. (Ken Chuah)

Rose-crowned fruit doves are distributed in lowland rainforests of E Australia and the monsoon forests of N Australia, Lesser Sunda Islands and Maluku Islands of Indonesia. (Ken Chuah)

Nilgiri laughing thrushes are endemic to the high elevation areas of the Nilgiris and adjoining hill ranges in Peninsular India and are easily detected by its loud series of nasal call notes. (Mohamed Mothi)

Nilgiri laughing thrushes are endemic to the high elevation areas of the Nilgiris and adjoining hill ranges in Peninsular India and are easily detected by its loud series of nasal call notes. (Mohamed Mothi)

Spotted owlets are resident breeders in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, preferring farmland and human habitation where they have adapted to roosting in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. (Nisha Purushothaman)

Spotted owlets are resident breeders in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, preferring farmland and human habitation where they have adapted to roosting in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. (Nisha Purushothaman)

Grey francolins are found in the open plains and drier regions of S Asia, preferring open cultivated lands and scrub forest. (Nitin Lokur)

Grey francolins are found in the open plains and drier regions of S Asia, preferring open cultivated lands and scrub forest. (Nitin Lokur)

Oriental skylarks are found in the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, preferring open grasslands near waterbodies where seeds and insects are more abundant. (Vikram Ramesh)

Oriental skylarks are found in the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, preferring open grasslands near waterbodies where seeds and insects are more abundant. (Vikram Ramesh)

Painted storks are distributed across tropical Asia S of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into SE Asia, foraging in large flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. (Poorna Kedar)

Painted storks are distributed across tropical Asia S of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into SE Asia, foraging in large flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. (Poorna Kedar)

Common kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia and N Africa, migrating only from areas where rivers freeze in winter. (Raj Dhage Wai)

Common kingfishers are widely distributed across Eurasia and N Africa, migrating only from areas where rivers freeze in winter. (Raj Dhage Wai)

Oriental white eyes are resident breeder in the open woodlands of tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, extending to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Saminathan Babu)

Oriental white eyes are resident breeder in the open woodlands of tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, extending to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Saminathan Babu)

Vernal hanging parrots are resident breeders on the Indian Subcontinent and areas of SE Asia. undergoing local movements in search of fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms. (Saravanan Sundaram)

Vernal hanging parrots are resident breeders on the Indian Subcontinent and areas of SE Asia. undergoing local movements in search of fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms. (Saravanan Sundaram)

Shoebills are distributed in freshwater swamps and wetlands of central tropical Africa from S Sudan through parts of E Congo, N  Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and W Tanzania. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Shoebills are distributed in freshwater swamps and wetlands of central tropical Africa from S Sudan through parts of E Congo, N Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and W Tanzania. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Green bee-eaters are widely distributed across the N part of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia in the W to Ethiopia and the Nile valley in the E, continuing to W Arabia and Asia from India all the way to Vietnam. (Munish Kaushik)

Green bee-eaters are widely distributed across the N part of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia in the W to Ethiopia and the Nile valley in the E, continuing to W Arabia and Asia from India all the way to Vietnam. (Munish Kaushik)

Southern carmine bee-eaters are found across sub-equatorial Africa from KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa to Namibia and Gabon, the E Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. (Andrew Stainthorpe / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Southern carmine bee-eaters are found across sub-equatorial Africa from KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa to Namibia and Gabon, the E Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. (Andrew Stainthorpe / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Great egrets are distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions. They appear singly or in small groups, but breed in large heronries in trees near reedbeds. (Tahir Abbas Awan)

Great egrets are distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions. They appear singly or in small groups, but breed in large heronries in trees near reedbeds. (Tahir Abbas Awan)

Three-banded plovers are found in most of E and S Africa, as wel as Madagascar, preferring inland rivers, pools and lakes where they can find insects, worms and other invertebrates. (Morkel Erasmus

Three-banded plovers are found in most of E and S Africa, as wel as Madagascar, preferring inland rivers, pools and lakes where they can find insects, worms and other invertebrates. (Morkel Erasmus

White-throated kingfishers are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, West Asia all th way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Munish Kaushik)

White-throated kingfishers are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, West Asia all th way E through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Munish Kaushik)

 

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Comments

  1. roi'ikka-ta
    November 4, 2013, 9:41 pm

    all these photographs are so well taken! well done national geographic.

  2. Yve Hagley
    November 4, 2013, 7:19 pm

    this is perfection

  3. Phillip
    Pretoria - South Africa
    November 4, 2013, 9:39 am

    Giant kingfishers are the largest kingfisher in Africa:

    It is called “Ingozolo” in Zulu.

  4. JTC123
    November 4, 2013, 8:44 am

    Jehovah’s creation is indeed awsome! Look at all the attention to detail!

  5. George Wong
    Brunei
    November 3, 2013, 4:16 am

    The world is full of His wonder

  6. I.Brito
    Brazil
    November 2, 2013, 3:27 pm

    God bless you by the photos .
    How wonderful our planet is.

  7. jyoti raut
    mumbai.
    November 1, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Fantastic!

  8. SIR
    November 1, 2013, 8:18 am

    SUPER,SUPER,SUPER PHOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Yvonne Pietersen
    Johannesburg
    November 1, 2013, 7:39 am

    Every photo is awesome, takes my breath away. Thank You to all