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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #68

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White-faced ducks breed in sub-Saharan Africa and much of S America. The dynamic behind this disjunct distribution are unclear. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon‎)
White-faced ducks breed in sub-Saharan Africa and much of S America. The dynamic behind this disjunct distribution are unclear. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon‎)
Kalij pheasants are found in forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills, from Nepal to W Thailand. (Sameer Khan‎)
Kalij pheasants are found in forests and thickets in the Himalayan foothills, from Nepal to W Thailand. (Sameer Khan‎)
Eurasian oystercatchers are the most widespread of the oystercatchers with three races breeding in W Europe, central Eurasia, Kamchatka, China and W coast of Korea. Photographed here in Inkoo (Finland). (Antero Topp)
Eurasian oystercatchers are the most widespread of the oystercatchers with three races breeding in W Europe, central Eurasia, Kamchatka, China and W coast of Korea. Photographed here in Inkoo (Finland). (Antero Topp)
Eastern kingbird flying just above a young bald Eagle somewhere in N America where they prefer open habitat. (Dave Lych‎)
Eastern kingbird flying just above a young bald Eagle somewhere in N America where they prefer open habitat. (Dave Lych‎)
Sprague's pipits breed in the remaining short- and mixed-grass prairies of N America, wintering in SW United States and N Mexico. (John Carlson)
Sprague’s pipits breed in the remaining short- and mixed-grass prairies of N America, wintering in SW United States and N Mexico. (John Carlson)
Vulturine guineafowls are resident breeders in NE Africa from S Ethiopia through Kenya and parts of N Tanzania. (John Moffitt‎)
Vulturine guineafowls are resident breeders in NE Africa from S Ethiopia through Kenya and parts of N Tanzania. (John Moffitt‎)
Nilgiri flycatchers have a very restricted distributional range in the hills of S India. (Johny Vinoth)
Nilgiri flycatchers have a very restricted distributional range in the hills of S India. (Johny Vinoth)
Keel-billed toucans are the national bird of Belize, and are found from S Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Keel-billed toucans are the national bird of Belize, and are found from S Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Knob-billed ducks are found in tropical wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and S Asia from Pakistan to Laos and S China. (Vijayendra Desai)
Knob-billed ducks are found in tropical wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and S Asia from Pakistan to Laos and S China. (Vijayendra Desai)
Bald eagles are both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America, and are found throughout N America. (Larry Kelly‎)
Bald eagles are both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America, and are found throughout N America. (Larry Kelly‎)
Red-throated divers breed in Arctic regions and winter along the N coastal waters of the N hemisphere. (Lennart Hessel)
Red-throated divers breed in Arctic regions and winter along the N coastal waters of the N hemisphere. (Lennart Hessel)
Peregrine falcons breed across the globe from the Arctic tundra to the tropics, where they are most famous for achieving up to 322km/h in steep dives. (Leslie Reagan‎)
Peregrine falcons breed across the globe from the Arctic tundra to the tropics, where they are most famous for achieving up to 322km/h in steep dives. (Leslie Reagan‎)
White-throated swallows breed in S Africa from Angola and Zambia S to the Western Cape of South Africa, wintering in Angola, Zambia and S Democratic Republic of Congo. (Martin Heigan)
White-throated swallows breed in S Africa from Angola and Zambia S to the Western Cape of South Africa, wintering in Angola, Zambia and S Democratic Republic of Congo. (Martin Heigan)
Black-and-orange flycatchers are a near-threatened flycatcher endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in southern India. (Nandhini Raveendran)
Black-and-orange flycatchers are a near-threatened flycatcher endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in southern India. (Nandhini Raveendran)
Grey fantails are found in the wetter parts of Australia, as well as New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. (Peter Humphries)
Grey fantails are found in the wetter parts of Australia, as well as New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. (Peter Humphries)
Tickell's blue flycatchers are found in dense scrub to forest habitats across the Indian Subcontinent E to SE Asia. (Rahul Deshpande)
Tickell’s blue flycatchers are found in dense scrub to forest habitats across the Indian Subcontinent E to SE Asia. (Rahul Deshpande)
 Indian peafowls are indigenous to S Asia, but have established semi-feral populations across the globe. (Rajan Kanagasabai)
Indian peafowls are indigenous to S Asia, but have established semi-feral populations across the globe. (Rajan Kanagasabai)
Southern ground hornbills are scarce outside of protected areas throughout their wide distributional range from N Namibia and Angola to N South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. (Robert L Wintle)
Southern ground hornbills are scarce outside of protected areas throughout their wide distributional range from N Namibia and Angola to N South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. (Robert L Wintle)
Sapphire flycatchers have a wide distribution in the subtropical or tropical moist montane forests of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Debapratim Saha)
Sapphire flycatchers have a wide distribution in the subtropical or tropical moist montane forests of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Debapratim Saha)
A breeding pair of blue-throated barbet at a nest cavity. They are distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Shovon Sarkar)
A breeding pair of blue-throated barbet at a nest cavity. They are distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. (Shovon Sarkar)
Spotted owlet breed in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, and have adapted very well to life in the urban environment. (Nisha Purushothaman)
Spotted owlet breed in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia, and have adapted very well to life in the urban environment. (Nisha Purushothaman)
Rufous-bellied hawk-eagles are small falcons found in the well-forested regions of tropical Asia, and are common in the W Ghats and along the Himalayas. (Sunil Sachi)
Rufous-bellied hawk-eagles are small falcons found in the well-forested regions of tropical Asia, and are common in the W Ghats and along the Himalayas. (Sunil Sachi)
White-necked rockfowls are sough-after by birders across the rocky forested areas of W Africa from Guinea to Ghana. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
White-necked rockfowls are sough-after by birders across the rocky forested areas of W Africa from Guinea to Ghana. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Rufous woodpeckers are found on the Indian Subcontinent where these unique woodpeckers nest within the nests of acrobat ants (Crematogaster sp.). (Shreya Singha Ray)
Rufous woodpeckers are found on the Indian Subcontinent where these unique woodpeckers nest within the nests of acrobat ants (Crematogaster sp.). (Shreya Singha Ray)
Baya weavers are found across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia where, in some areas, large flocks form on open grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. Here we see construction of their hanging retort-shaped nests woven from strands of leaves. (Sumanta Pramanick)
Baya weavers are found across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia where, in some areas, large flocks form on open grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth. Here we see construction of their hanging retort-shaped nests woven from strands of leaves. (Sumanta Pramanick)

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Comments

  1. Babajide Agboola
    Nigeria
    July 5, 12:04 pm

    Sensational and breath taking shots. Congratulations to you all

  2. Michael
    New Jersey
    July 5, 11:48 am

    Brilliant Photographs. The Indian Peafowl stands out with its amazing colors.

  3. Pedro Medina Cantador
    San Martin de Valdeiglesias y Madrid
    July 1, 3:15 pm

    Fotografías fabulosas

  4. prafulla mehrotra
    kanpur u.p india
    July 1, 12:27 pm

    nice pictures……………….

  5. Ahmadi
    karachi
    July 1, 11:48 am

    the Great

  6. teekam chand patel
    Pithora Mahasamund Chhattisgarh India
    July 1, 11:06 am

    Superb catch .congratulations

  7. drjogilal
    Pithora Mahasamund Chhattisgarh India
    July 1, 8:13 am

    Superb shots .congratulations

  8. R.Kishore
    Bangalore-560040
    July 1, 4:15 am

    The pictures are good, some of them breath taking, I salute the respective photographers.

  9. farrokh Fekrat.
    Shiraz.
    July 1, 4:08 am

    Beautiful pics. from the gorgeous birds of the planet.
    Many thanks for this spectacular collection of birds.

  10. bhasker.koorapati
    hyderabad
    June 30, 9:30 pm

    super photographs.hats of to the photographer…!

  11. Pat Papachristou
    Memphis
    June 30, 9:13 pm

    Spectacular pictures of great birds! Thanks for emailing it!