Top 25 birds of the week: Seabirds!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Seabirds. 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.

The Wandering Albatross is a large seabird which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. Photographed in South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean (Vikki Boyes)

 

The Atlantic Puffin is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean. It has a low survival rate and is considered a vulnerable species (Owen Deutsch)

 

Silver Gull photographed in Hobart, Australia (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

Ruff photographed in Tirupur, Tamilnadu, India (G Bhoobalakrishnan)

 

Royal Terns photographed at Daytona Beach, Florida (Linn Smith)

 

River Terns photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Pied Oystercatcher is a wading bird native to Australia and commonly found on its coastline. The similar South Island Pied Oystercatcher occurs in New Zealand. Photographed in Hobart, Australia (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Palla’s Gull is also known as the Great Black-headed Gull, is a large bird species. It breeds in colonies in marshes and islands from southern Russia to Mongolia. Photographed in Pulicat, Tamilnadu, India (G Bhoobalakrishnan)

 

Eurasian Oystercatcher photographed in Pulicat, Tamilnadu, India (G Bhoobalakrishnan)

 

Little Cormorants are slightly smaller than Indian Cormorants. They lack a pecked head and have shorter beak. This species is widely distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and extends east to Java, where it is sometimes called the Javanese Cormorant. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Lesser Crested Tern photographed in Pulicat, Tamilnadu, India (G Bhoobalakrishnan)

 

The Lesser Black-backed Gull is a large gull that breeds on the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is a migratory bird, wintering from British Isles south to West Africa. Photographed in Sirsa, Haryana, India (Sanjeev K Goyal)

 

Juvenile Forster’s Tern photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Inca Tern is a uniquely plumaged tern that breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and it is restricted to the Humboldt Current. It is also an erratic, rare visitor to the southwest coasts of Ecuador. Photographed at the Pacific Sea coast, Valparaiso, Chile (Jorge de la Torre Aninat)

 

The Greater Crested Tern is a tern in the family Laridae that nests in dense colonies on coastlines and islands in the tropical and subtropical Old Worlds. This was photographed in Pulicat, India (Sekar Ps)

 

The Double-crested Cormorant is found near rivers and lakes as well as in coastal areas, and it is a widely distributed species across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico (Kelly Hunt)

 

Crab Plovers photographed in Dubai, UAE (Sanjeev K Goyal)

 

The Caspian Tern photographed in Chennai, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Caspian Gull is a large gull that breeds around Black and Caspian Seas, extending eastwards across Central Asia to north-west China. Photographed in Nal Sarovar, Gujarat, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Brown-headed Gull photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Brown-headed Gull is a small gull which breeds in the high plateaus of central Asia from Tajikistan to Ordos in inner Mongolia. It is migratory, wintering on the coast and large inland lakes on the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Satapada, Odisha, India (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

The Atlantic Puffin is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean. Photographed in Machias Seal Island (Felicia Grabowski)

 

Arctic Tern photographed in Machias Seal Island (Felicia Grabowski)

 

African Black Oystercatcher, sometimes called the African Oystercatcher, is a large charismatic wader resident to the mainland coasts and offshore islands of southern Africa. This was photographed at De Hoop Nature Reserve, South-Africa (Trudie Rheeder)

 

The Purple Sandpiper is a small shorebird that breeds in the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith Kandula)

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