Top 25 birds of the week: Waterbirds!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Waterbirds2021. 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 American White Pelican is a large aquatic bird that breeds in interior North America. Photographed in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)

 

The Wood Sandpiper is a small wader bird. This Eurasian species is the smallest of the shanks, which are mid-sized long-legged waders of the family Scolopacidae. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The White-breasted Waterhen is a waterbird of the rain and crake family, Rallidae, which is widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

Temminck’s Stint photographed at Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Spotted Redshank breeds across northern Scandinavia and the northern Palearctic and migrates south to the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia for the winter. It is an occasional vagrant to Australia and North America. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Spot-billed Pelican, sometimes called the Grey Pelican, is a member of the pelican family that breeds in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across India east to Indonesia. It is a bird of large inland and coastal waters, especially large lakes. photographed at the Manglajodi Wetlands in Odisha, India (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

Indian Spot-billed Duck at the Monglajori Wetland, Odisav, India (Mayeen Ahmed)

 

The Purple Swamphen photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)

 

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Painted Stork is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Marsh Sandpiper is a small shank that breeds in open grassy steppe and taiga wetlands from easternmost Europe to the Russian Far East. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India 9Gargi Biswas)

 

Little Egret photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Indian Spot-billed Duck is a large dabbling duck that is a non-migratory breeding duck throughout freshwater wetlands in the Indian Subcontinent. Its name is derived from the red spot at the base of the bill that is found in the mainland Indian population. Photographed in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

The Green Heron is a small heron of North and Central America. Photographed in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Great-white Pelican is also known as the Eastern White Pelican, Rosy Pelican, or White Pelican. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and Africa, in swamps and shallow lakes. Photographed in Okhla, Uttar Pradesh, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Greater Flamingo photographed in Modhava Beach, Gujarat, India (Bhavesh Ratho)

 

The Great Egret is also known as the Common Egret, Large egret, Great White Egret, or Great White Heron. It is a large, widely distributed egret with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Photographed in Chanakya, Mumbai, India (Deepak Panchal)

 

9. The Eurasian Spoonbill is also known as the Common Spoonbill. It is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Dalmatian Pelican is the largest member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world’s largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans. Photographed in Modhava Beach, Gujarat, India (Bhavesh Rathod)

 

Common Teal pair. Other names of the Common Teal are Eurasian Teal or Eurasian Green-winged Teal. It is a common duck that breeds in temperate Eurosiberia and migrates south in winter. Photographed at the Purbasthali bird sanctuary, West Bengal, India (Pompi Bera)

 

The Common Redshank is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coasts of Europe from Ireland and Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Cattle Egret is a cosmopolitan species of heron found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones. Photographed in Haryana, India Photographed (Lalit Arora)

 

Brown Pelican photographed in the USA (Leslie Reaga)

 

The Black-winged Stilt is a widely distributed very-long legged wader in the avocet and stilt family. Members of this species breed in marshes, shallow lakes, and ponds. Photo was taken at the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh, India (Vijay Madan)

 

The Australian Pelican is a large widespread waterbird on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also Fiji, parts of Indonesia, and as a vagrant in New Zealand. Photographed in Robe, Australia (DrRadhakrishnan Sadasiva)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager