Top 25 birds of the week: Predatory Birds!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #PredatoryBirds. We admire birds for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly for the role they play in the ecosystem. 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.

White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa). Photographed in Tal chhapar Churu, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)


Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter striatus). Photographed in New Jersey USA (Ellie Kidd)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Photographed in Hubli Karnataka, India (Zameerpasha Junaidi)

Barred Eagle Owl (Bubo sumatranus)> photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Photographed at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)

Brahminy Kite (Hiliastur indus). Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Nagaraja Arkalgud)

Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus). Photographed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

The Merlin (Falco columbarius). Photographed in LRK, Gujarat, India (Reitesh Khabia)

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus). Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

Although the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) does not normally attack larger prey, they have been spotted killing young, unhealthy or weak animals. Photographed in Drôme, France (Christian Bagnol)

Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus). Photographed in Botswana (Owen Deutsch)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter Nisus). Photographed in New Delhi, India (Lalit Arora)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Photographed in Gajoldoba, West Bengal, India (Avijit Dutta)

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni). Photographed in Konya, Turkey (Zafer Tekin)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). Photographed in Konya, Turkey (Zafer Tekin)

Oriental Honey-buzzard or Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus). Photographed in Haryana, India (Lalit Arora)

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus). Photographed in Maharashtra, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Photographed at the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve,W.B, India (Bratin Bhattacharya)

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni). Photographed in Tal Chhapar, Churu (Renu Kohli)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Photographed at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)

The Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) is also known as the Crested Hawk-eagle. Photographed at the Nagarhole National Park, Kabini, Karnataka, India (Sivaraman K)

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis). Photo taken at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujrat, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Photographed in Dholbaha, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India (Rajesh Mahajan)

Shikra (Accipiter badius). Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Photographed in Maharashtra, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. 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 the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities. We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! 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 every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!! Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager