Top 25 birds of the week: Coastal Birds!

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


Willett photographed in Forsythe NWR, New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)


The Crab Plover generally prefers large intertidal flats with firm substratum, while avoiding rocky shores and exposed sandy beaches. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Sanjay Sawant)


The Inca Tern breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile. Its call is said to sound like a cat. This was photographed in Waqanki, Peru (Owen Deutsch)


Seagull photographed at the Bhandup Pumping Station, Mumbai, Maharastra (Tapas Acharya)


Sanderlings are found in distinct habitats in the breeding and wintering seasons. In winter they are mainly found along coastlines, where they probe for food ahead of and behind waves in the active surf zone. Photographed in Fraserganj, West Bengal India (Alok Das)


Rudy Turnstone photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)


The Pacific Golden Plover is a shorebird that breeds in western Alaska and Siberia and it winters on islands across the Pacific Ocean, through southeast Asia, to northeast Africa. Photographed in Fraserganj, West Bengal, Inida (Pradyut Choudhury)


Little Ringed Plover photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)


The Lesser Sand-plover is almost entirely coastal, favouring the beaches of sheltered bays, harbours and estuaries with large intertidal sandflats or mudflats. It can occasionally be found on sandy beaches, coral reeds and rock platforms. Photographed in Frasergani, West Bengal, India (Suvro Dey)


Greater Yellowlegs photographed in Mountain View, CA, USA (Paneendra BA)


The Great Stone-curlew is found from coastal Iran and Pakistan through central India, Burma, Thailand to Hainan in China. Photographed in Puri, Odisha (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Eurasian Whimbrel is a migratory bird that winters on coasts in Africa, South Asia into Australasia. It is also a coastal bird during migration. Photographed in Fraserganj, West Bengal, India (Suvro Dey)


The Eurasian Spoonbill is mainly found in wet areas such as flooded lands, rivers, marshes and large water bodies. On the wintering areas, this bird can also be found in sheltered coastal habitats, tidal creeks, deltas, estuaries and coastal lagoons. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Eurasian Curlew generally prefers coastal wetlands, feeding on mud and sand flats then moving to roost at adjacent salt marshes, sand dunes, mangroves and rocks. Photographed in Fraserganj, West Bengal (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Curlew Sandpiper is common in patches, generally preferring coastal estuaries, lagoons, sheltered and open shores with stranded algae and wetlands with muddy fringes. Photographed in Fraserganj, West Bengal, India (Alok Das)


Common Sandpiper photographed at the Gondvihir Lake, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


The Common Sandpiper is found in coastal or inland wetland, both saline or fresh. It is found mainly on muddy edges or rocky shores. During the breeding season in the northern hemisphere, it prefers freshwater lakes and shallow rivers. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)


Common Redshank photographed in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (Prabhakar T P)


The Cape Gannet is restricted to the coast of Africa. They are found in waters off the Western Sahara, around Cape Agulhas to the Gulf of Zanzibar and occasionally to Mumbasa on the east coast of Africa. Photographed in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)


The Black-tailed Godwit lives in coastal mudflats and sandy intertidal zones, also inland saline and freshwater marshes. Inland, it is mostly found in freshwater. Photographed in Hyderabad, Telangana, India (Sourav Mookherjee)


The Black Skimmer spends most of its life in coastal areas, usually around sandy beaches and islands, although a few colonies can be found in inland locations with very large lakes, particularly in Florida and California. Photographed in California Central Coast, USA (John LeeWong)


The Atlantic Puffin is found on the open ocean, with a range spanning from the eastern coast of Canada and the northern United States to the western coast of Europe and northern Russia. This was photographed in Inner Farne Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)


American Oystercatchers can be found in coastal habitats during the breeding season, including sand or shell beaches, dunes, salt marshes, mash islands, mudflats, and dredge spoil islands made of sand or gravel. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)


African Black Oystercatcher photographed in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa (Rodnick Clifton Biljon)


The Common Greenshank is found both on the coast and inland, in estuaries and mudflats, mangrove swamps and lagoons and billabongs, swamps, sewage farms and flooded crops. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Sanjay Sawant)


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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager