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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #63

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Monals, white-eyes, sunbirds, shags, munias, drongos and weavers… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph these amazing birds in the wild. Everywhere we go birds are the color and song that we remember. It seems the more we disturb or destroy natural habitat, the less colorful and diverse the bird species become… We cannot manage for diversity or accommodate beautiful birds in our biggest cities. This needs to change. We need to bring nature back into our cities.

The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available DSLR cameras and “point-and-shoots” that get stunning results. Just 50 years ago digital photography had not yet been imagined and very few people even had binoculars. Birds were flashes of color in the forest and fast-moving silhouettes high in the sky. This campaign brings the color and vibrance of wild birds into your life to share with your friends and family!

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Bird 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 everyday to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Bird Revolution!!

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"Tree-catcher" White-breasted kingfishers are tree specialists that is widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E to the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Prasanna AV)
“Tree-catcher” White-breasted kingfishers are tree specialists that is widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, W Asia all the way E to the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. (Prasanna AV)
"Shining mountaineer" Himalayan monals are the national bird of Nepal and extends from E Afghanistan through the Himalayas in Pakistan and India, Nepal, S Tibet, and Bhutan. (Mudassar Afaque Ahmed)
“Shining mountaineer” Himalayan monals are the national bird of Nepal and extends from E Afghanistan through the Himalayas in Pakistan and India, Nepal, S Tibet, and Bhutan. (Mudassar Afaque Ahmed)
"Little yellow fruit-eater" Oriental white-eyes prefer the open woodland of tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, all the way to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Prasanna AV)
“Little yellow fruit-eater” Oriental white-eyes prefer the open woodland of tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, all the way to Indonesia and Malaysia. (Prasanna AV)
叉尾太阳鸟 Fork-tailed sunbirds prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests of China, Hong Kong, Laos and Vietnam. (Menxiu Tong)
叉尾太阳鸟 Fork-tailed sunbirds prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests of China, Hong Kong, Laos and Vietnam. (Menxiu Tong / China Wild Tour)
"Little runner" Indian coursers are resident to mainland S Asia with the main population between the Ganges and Indus river systems. (Prasanna AV)
“Little runner” Indian coursers are resident to mainland S Asia with the main population between the Ganges and Indus river systems. (Prasanna AV)
勺鸡 Koklass pheasants have a restricted distribution in the high altitude forests of Afghanistan to central Nepal, and NE Tibet to N and E China. (Menxiu Tong)
勺鸡 Koklass pheasants have a restricted distribution in the high altitude forests of Afghanistan to central Nepal, and NE Tibet to N and E China. (Menxiu Tong / China Wild Tour)
Lilac-breasted rollers are widely distributed in the open woodland and savanna of sub-Saharan Africa and the S Arabian Peninsula. Photographed here in the Masai Mara (Kenya). (Ram Shankar‎)
Lilac-breasted rollers are widely distributed in the open woodland and savanna of sub-Saharan Africa and the S Arabian Peninsula. Photographed here in the Masai Mara (Kenya). (Ram Shankar‎)
"Laughing forester" Striated laughing thrushes prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland and moist montane forests of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Tibet and Nepal. (Pranesh Kodancha)
“Laughing forester” Striated laughing thrushes prefer the subtropical or tropical moist lowland and moist montane forests of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Tibet and Nepal. (Pranesh Kodancha)
Snowy sheathbills are the only land birds in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys, and S Georgia. (Nina Stavlund)
Snowy sheathbills are the only land birds in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys, and S Georgia. (Nina Stavlund)
"Uncut pelican" Dalmatian pelicans are distributed in swamps and shallow lakes of SE Europe, India and China. (Lennart Hessel)
“Uncut pelican” Dalmatian pelicans are distributed in swamps and shallow lakes of SE Europe, India and China. (Lennart Hessel)
"Master excavator" Black-collared barbets are powerful cavity-nesting found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (John Vosloo)
“Master excavator” Black-collared barbets are powerful cavity-nesting found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (John Vosloo)
Rufous treepies have a loud musical call that identifies them and are indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent and nearby SE Asia. (Deepansh Mishra)
Rufous treepies have a loud musical call that identifies them and are indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent and nearby SE Asia. (Deepansh Mishra)
"Southern mariner" Blue-eyed shags are a group of closely related cormorant species found around the colder parts of the S Hemisphere and are endemic to islands near S South America, Antarctica and New Zealand. (Douglas Gould)
“Southern mariner” Blue-eyed shags are a group of closely related cormorant species found around the colder parts of the S Hemisphere and are endemic to islands near S South America, Antarctica and New Zealand. (Douglas Gould)
"Arctic wader" Purple sandpipers are found in the N tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and the coastal areas of Greenland and NW Europe. (Geir Jensen)
“Arctic wader” Purple sandpipers are found in the N tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and the coastal areas of Greenland and NW Europe. (Geir Jensen)
"Tiny fisherman" Half-collared kingfishers are seen at the water's edge in S and E Africa and are often confused with the Malachite kingfisher. (Chris Krog)
“Tiny fisherman” Half-collared kingfishers are seen at the water’s edge in S and E Africa and are often confused with the Malachite kingfisher. (Chris Krog)
Himalayan white-browed shrike-babbler found in the W Himalayas all the way E to central Nepal. (Arif Rudiyanto)
Himalayan white-browed shrike-babbler found in the W Himalayas all the way E to central Nepal. (Arif Rudiyanto)
"Beauty duck" Spot-billed ducks prefer the freshwater lakes and marshes of range from Pakistan and India to S Japan. (Akshay Jadhav)
“Beauty duck” Spot-billed ducks prefer the freshwater lakes and marshes of range from Pakistan and India to S Japan. (Akshay Jadhav)
"Little, busy birds" Scaly-breasted munias are endemic to Asia and occur from India and Sri Lanka all the way E to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Akshay Jadhav)
“Little, busy birds” Scaly-breasted munias are endemic to Asia and occur from India and Sri Lanka all the way E to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Akshay Jadhav)
"Southern specialist" Adelie penguins are considered to be among among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, and are common along the entire Antarctic coast. (Elliott Neep / www.oryxphotography.com)
“Southern specialist” Adelie penguins are considered to be among among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, and are common along the entire Antarctic coast. (Elliott Neep / www.oryxphotography.com)
"Amethyst forest specialist" Violet-backed starlings are restricted to the woodlands and savannah forest edges of sub-Saharan Africa. (Chris Krog)
“Amethyst forest specialist” Violet-backed starlings are restricted to the woodlands and savannah forest edges of sub-Saharan Africa. (Chris Krog)
"Fire hawk" Black drongos are distributed in much of tropical S Asia from SW Iran to India and Sri Lanka all the way E to S China and Indonesia. (Pratibha Riswadkar)
“Fire hawk” Black drongos are distributed in much of tropical S Asia from SW Iran to India and Sri Lanka all the way E to S China and Indonesia. (Pratibha Riswadkar)
Marico sunbirds are an active sunbird found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Richard & Eileen Flack / www.theflacks.co.za)
Marico sunbirds are an active sunbird found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Richard & Eileen Flack / www.theflacks.co.za)
Common kestrels are widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa, and do well in urban areas. (Ritesh Nangare)
Common kestrels are widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa, and do well in urban areas. (Ritesh Nangare)
Tawny eagles are found throughout Africa (except the Sahara Desert) and across tropical SW Asia to India. Photographed here in the Maasai Mara (Kenya) (Satya Narayan)
Tawny eagles are found throughout Africa (except the Sahara Desert) and across tropical SW Asia to India. Photographed here in the Maasai Mara (Kenya) (Satya Narayan)
"Masked reader" Southern masked weavers are common throughout southern Africa and love their reading... (Chad Wright)
“Masked reader” Southern masked weavers are common throughout southern Africa and love their reading… (Chad Wright)

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Comments

  1. Jacob at RaleighHealth.com
    North Carolina, USA
    April 3, 5:35 pm

    Fabulous photos — but they wouldn’t be half as enjoyable without the captions. It’s the stories behind the photos that makes all the difference in the world for me.

  2. Dennis Rozario
    Mississauga ON - Canada
    March 10, 11:24 pm

    “Little yellow fruit-eater” is the best picture

  3. Dennis Rozario
    Mississsauga. ON, Canada
    March 10, 11:19 pm

    Very nice pictures

  4. Silviu MANCIULEA
    BUCHAREST - ROMANIA!
    March 10, 7:36 pm

    SUPERB!

  5. Alok Das
    Calcutta,West Bengal,India
    March 10, 3:54 am

    In a single word ” Excellent ”

    Outstanding .

  6. bhagyashree
    hyderabad
    March 10, 2:52 am

    amazingggg pictures……..spellbound !!!

  7. Mateus Barni Bonin
    Brazil
    March 8, 12:03 pm

    Congratulations Wild Bird Trust to bring the nature close us.

  8. Arun Visweswaran
    March 6, 9:18 am

    I agree with Yogesh. That monal picture seems to be shot in a zoo.

  9. yogesh
    India
    March 6, 6:15 am

    Superb images.. Thanks for sharing it.
    The image of Himalayan moral the second from top. It looks like a caged bird. You can see fences clearly in the Back ground..

  10. Lennart Hessel
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    March 6, 5:40 am

    Thank you Wild Bird Trust for including my picture of the Dalmatian Pelicans.

    Best regards

    Lennart Hessel
    http://www.lensman.se