Top 25 birds of the week: Seabirds

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

Atlantic Puffins photographed in Staple Island, England, UK. These are also known as Common Puffins and they are the only puffins native to the Atlantic Ocean (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Black-headed Gull is a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic including Europe and also in coastal eastern Canada. This species is found over much of Europe except Spain, Italy and Greece. Photographed in Mangalajodi Orissa (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Black Skimmer photographed in the USA. The uneven bill of the Black Skimmer allows it to plow through the water when fishing, and quickly closing when it comes in contact with a fish (Kelly Hunt)

 

Brown-headed Gull photographed in Jamnagar, India (Samir B. Joshi)

 

The Brown-headed Gull is also a small gull which breeds in the high plateaus of central Asia from Tajikistan to Ordos in Inner Mongolia. It is slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull. Photographed in Jamnagar-Gujarat (Vishwas Thakker)

 

The California Gull is a medium sized gull, smaller on average than the Herring Gull but larger than the Ring-billed Gull. It is a migratory species, most moving to the Pacific coast in winter. It is only then that this bird is regularly found in western California. Photographed in Mountain View, California, USA (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Caspian Tern has a sub-cosmopolitan but scattered distribution. Its breeding habitat is large lakes and ocean coasts in North America, and locally in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. Photographed in Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

Crab Plovers photographed in Jamnagar, India Photographer (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

The Eurasian Oystercatcher is a wader in the oystercatcher bird family. It is the most widespread of the oystercatchers, with three races breeding in western Europe, central Euro-siberia, Kamchatka, China, and the western coast of Korea. Photographed in Farne Island, United Kingdom (Abhay Dahake)

 

The European Shag, sometimes called the Common Shag, is a cormorant species that breeds around the rocky coasts of western and southern Europe, southwest Asia and North Africa. Photographed in Staple Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Great Black-backed Gull, also known as the Pallas’s Gull, is the largest member of the gull family. It breeds on the European and North American coasts and islands of the North Atlantis. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)

 

Herring Gulls are omnivores and very opportunistic feeders. Their diet varies depending on their location and the time of the year. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Indian Skimmer is also called the Indian Scissors-bill. It is found on large rivers and lakes, swamps and coastal wetlands such as estuaries. During the breeding season, it is most common on freshwater. Photographed in Jamnagar, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

The Laysan Albatross is a large seabird that ranges across the North Pacific. It is normally a silent bird, but on occasion may be observed emitting long “moo”-ing sounds, descending whinnies, or rattles. Photographed in Kauai, Hawaii (Ashrith R. Kandula)

 

The Lesser Black-Backed Gull is a regular visitor to the east coast of North America, probably from the breeding population in Iceland. Photographed in Farne Island, United Kingdom (Abhay Dahake)

 

The Little Penguin is the smallest species of penguin. It is found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile. Photographed in Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)

 

Eurasian Oystercatcher photographed in Vasai, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

Pallas’s Gull photographed in Tamil Nadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

Razorbills are also known as Lesser Auks. They are the closest living relatives of the extinct Great Auk. Photographed in Maine, USA (Anne Harlan)

 

The Indian River Tern, or just the River Tern, is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east into the Indian Subcontinent and further to Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Greater Sand Plover is a small wader in the plover family. It stands, watches then runs, stops, pecks while feeding on a variety of intertidal invertebrates particularly crabs. Photographed at Seabeach Goa, India (Chandan Das)

 

The Silver Gull is the most common gull in Australia. It is found in all states of Australia, as well as New Zealand and New Caledonia. Photo taken in Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)

 

Western Gull. This is a large white-headed gull that lives on the west coast of North America. It is a year-round resident in California, Oregon, Baja California, and southern Washington. Photographed in LaJolla Beach, Mexico (Ellie Kidd)

 

The Whiskered Tern has a number of different geographical races, differing mainly in size and minor plumage details. Photographed in Odisha, India (Ujjwal Das)

 

The White Tern is a small seabird found across the tropical oceans of the world. It is sometimes called the Fairy Tern although this name is potentially confusing as it is also the common name of Strenula nereis. Photographed in Port Blair, Andaman (Abhishek Iyer)

 

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.

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager