Top 25 birds of the week: Raptors!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Raptors. 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 at the Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus). Photographed by (Tshepo Phokoje)


The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is also known as the European kestrel . Photographed in Hesarghatta, Bangalore, India (Prasanna Bhat)


Spotted Owlet (Athene brama). Photographed in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Kalyani Kapdi)


Spotted Owlet (Athene brama). Photographed at Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


Spot-bellied Eagle-owl (Bubo nipalensis). Photographed in Masanigudi, Tamilnadu, India (Prabhakar T P)


Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus). Photographed in Gajoldoba , North Bengal, India (Avijit Dutta)


Shikra (Accipiter badius). Photographed in Kolkata, South West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


Shikra (Accipiter badius). Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Photographed in Sambhar lake, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). Photographed in Hubli, Karnataka, India (Zameer Pasha Junaidi)


Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus). Photographed at the Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India (Sivaraman K)


Merlin (Falco columbarius). Photographed at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)


Sparrow Hawk. Photographed in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chiranjiv Bhatti)


Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena). Photographed at the Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India (Sivaraman K)


Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Photographed at the Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Rajasthan, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


Dusky Eagle Owl (Bubo coromandus). Photographed in Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela). Photographed in Kheoni WLS, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus). Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)


Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Photographed in Tal Chhapar, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)


Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)


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


Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus). Photographed in Howrah, West Bengal, India (Pompi Bera)


Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata). Photographed in Coimbatore, India (Jayaprakash Ponnusamy)


Barn Owl (Tyto alba). Photographed in Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


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