Top 25 birds of the week: Birds of Prey

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Birds_of_Prey. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.

 

The Asian Barred Owlet is one of the species of true owls that is resident in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Lat Panchar, West Bengal (Aparna Mondal)

 

White-rumped Vulture photographed in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

The White-eyed Buzzard is a medium-sized hawk widely distributed in South Asia, throughout India in the plains and extending up to 1000 m in the Himalayas. Photographed Kotdwar, Uttrakhand, India (Sanjay Garg)

 

The Snail Kite breeds in tropical South America, the Caribbean, and central and southern Florida in the United States. This Snail Kite was photographed at the Crooked Tree Nature Sanctuary (Owen Deutsch Photography)

 

Steppe Eagle photographed in West Bengal (Rana Mukherjee)

 

The Spotted Owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. It is a common resident bird of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Short-toed Snake-eagle is also known as the Short-toed Eagle. It is an Old World species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of western Asia, and in the Indian Subcontinent an also further east in some Indonesian Islands. Photographed at the Khapri Lake (Prasad Pendharkar)

 

Shikra photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Red-footed Falcon is found in eastern Europe and Asia although its numbers are dwindling rapidly as a result of habitat loss and hunting. It is a migratory bird, wintering in Africa. Photographed in Hungary (Carlo Galliani)

 

The Peregrine Falcon is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is a large, crow-sized falcon, with a blue-gray back, barred white underparts, and a black head. Photographed in San Pedro, CA, USA (John Leewong)

 

The Osprey is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. Photographed in India (Tejashri Raghunath)

 

The Oriental Honey Buzzard is a large raptor or bird of prey of lowland and montane broadleaf and mixed forests. This species is well-known for its tendency to congregate in large flocks of up to the thousands during migration. Photographed in Vasai, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

Indian Eagle Owl photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Himalayan Griffon Vulture is an Old World vulture closely related to the European Griffon Vulture. This bird is mainly found in the higher regions of the Himalayas, the Pamirs, Kazakhstan and on the Tibetan Plateau, with northwestern limits of breeding range being Afghanistan and southern limits in Bhutan. Photo taken at Manali, Himachal Pradesh (Harleen Kaur)

 

The Grey-headed Fish Eagle is a fish-eating bird of prey from South East Asia. It is a sedentary bird that can be solitary or it can also be found in pairs. Photographed at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India (Narayanan Iyer)

 

Great Horned Owl photographed in California, USA (Kishore Bakshi)

 

The Crested Serpent Eagle is found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. As its name suggests, this is a reptile eater which hunts over forests, often close to wet grassland, for snakes and lizards. Photographed at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, India (Abhaya Shukla)

 

The Crested Hawk-eagle, also known as the Changeable Hawk-eagle, is a large bird of prey found in much of the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. Photographed at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, India (Birendra Kumar)

 

The Common Kestrel is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel or Old World Kestrel. This is a widespread species in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. Photographed in Vellore, Tamilnadu (Muthuganesan Palanisamy)

 

Brown Fish Owl photographed at the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Maharastra (Tapas Acharya)

 

Brahminy Kite. This bird was formerly called the Red-backed Sea Eagle in Australia. It is a medium-sized bird of prey found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands, where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Photographed in Mysore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Bonelli’s Eagle is a large bird of prey that breeds from southern Europe, Africa on the montane perimeter of the Sahara Desert and across the Indian Subcontinent to Indonesia. Photographed in Dhanauri Wetlands in UP, India (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

The Black-eared Kite is an opportunistic hunter and is more likely to scavenge. This birds spends a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Photographed in West Bengal (Rana Mukherjee)

 

Black-winged Kite photographed in Balang, Malaysia (Pang James)

 

The Black Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey that can be distinguished from Red Kites by the slightly smaller size, less forked tail and generally dark plumage without any rufous colour. Photographed in Patiala, Punjab, India (Harleen Kaur)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager