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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #67

Building a global community around the freedom and beauty of bird in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon is our mission. They are the music, decoration and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #20

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Hummingbirds May Change Their Tunes to Seduce Mates

Male hummingbirds in Costa Rice can change their tunes to attract mates, new research shows.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #60

Birds-of-paradise, skimmers, sunbirds, bee-eaters and kingfishers… 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…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #57

Tinkerbirds, cockatoos, hummingbirds, nightjars, lapwings and owlets… Simply amazing! Make it your New Year’s resolution to go to your nearest park, river, stream, mountain or forest to spend time photographing nature. Begin with flowers, mushrooms and scenery, and then progress to the art of wildlife and bird photography. You never know what you are going…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #48

Cuckoos, woodstars, plumeleteers, skimmers, weavers, bee-eaters, grenadiers, laughingthrushes and ground rollers… The wild birds of the world will never cease to astound and amaze. Their natural habitat, however, is disappearing rapidly and most populations are under threat or, at least, in decline. Anyone can walk out their front door and the greener and wetter your surroundings become, the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #47

This 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…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #42

Part 2… A breath-taking collection of wild bird photographs that will make you dream and fill you with wonder. How can we imagine a world without the freedom and color of birds in the wild? The most diverse, most beautiful places on earth to see wild birds are all threatened by mining, agriculture and the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #41

We were unable to post the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” last month due to work in the field and limited internet access. Here are the first 25 of a collection of 50 wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust in April… Absolutely stunning photography that gets ever closer to…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #40

“A celebration of bird in flight” This photograph of a bald eagle and heron flying in perfect formation shows us why we should all want to be birds… The eagle is chasing the heron away from a nest with eggs, but still manages to do this with grace and power. If the policies we use…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #39

Birds swim better than fish, run faster than humans, and can see hundreds of times better than a hunting dog. Oh yes, they can also FLY! Birds have had millions of years to evolve the color and diversity we see in the thousands of species that have inhabited the farthest, most inaccessible corners of the earth. This…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #37

Contingas, pardalotes, whydahs, eremomelas, camaroptera and cutias… Taxonomists are not good at coming up with easy-to-remember bird names. This is especially true for the rarest, remotest and often most beautiful birds whose ancestors were not named by local English-speaking peoples. As a result most of the over 10,000 bird species on earth have difficult unpronounceable names.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #36

Frogmouths, toucan barbets, blackbirds, merlins, violet-ears and birds-of-paradise… These names speak of the diversity of bird species around the world and the child-like fascination they cause in people. Binoculars and spotting scopes available to ordinary birders have advanced tremendously over the last 20 years. High-quality roof prism binoculars like Swarovski have HD optics and literally…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #35

Birds make us notice the little details and take the time to really appreciate nature. They have been doing it for millions of years and we have a lot to learn from them. There are many small treasures in the collection of wild bird photographs submitted by passionate photographers around the world. I cannot imagine…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #34

Birds living successfully in the wild are a perfect representation of the freedom, balance and spontaneous creativity of our natural world. Flight is the obvious adaptation when given hundreds of millions of years to evolve and change. It seems the longer a lineage lives successfully on earth, the more likely it is to take to…