Top 25 birds of the week: #Waterbirds

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #waterbirds. 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 soaring bird that breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in winter. Photographed in Lockport, Manitoba, Canada (Andrew Krywonizka)

 

Wood Sandpiper photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Peruvian Pelican is different from other pelicans because it does not dive from great heights to get food. Instead, it feeds while swimming on the surface of the water. This was photographed on the Ballestas Island in Paracas, Peru (Owen Deutsch)

 

Ruff. Photographed at Purbasthali, West Bengal, India (Subhendu khanra)

 

Great White Pelican photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakkar)

 

Purple Swamphen photographed in Delhi NCR, India (Anupam Kamal)

 

The Purple Heron is a wide-ranging species of wading bird in the heron family. It is similar in appearance to the more common Grey Heron but is slightly smaller, more slender and has darker plumage. Photographed in West Bengal India (Firdousi Ahmed)

 

Pied Avocet photographed in Delhi, India (Soumendu Das)

 

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is the only jacana that migrate long distances and with different non-breeding and breeding plumages. It is found in tropical Asia from Yemen in the west to the Philippines in the east and move seasonally in parts of their range. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Sumankalyan Saha)

 

The Northern Shoveler is a common and widespread duck that breeds in northern areas of Europe and across the Palearctic and across most of Norrth America. Photographed in Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

Northern Lapwing photographed in Gajoldoba, West Bengal, India (Subhendu Khanra)

 

Little Pied Cormorant photographed at Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)

 

The Lesser Whistling Duck is a nocturnal feeder that during the day it may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Indian Pond Heron is also called the Paddybird. It is a small heron of the Old World origins, breeding in southern Iran and east to the Indian Subcontinent, Burma, and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Rajasthan, India (Lalit Arora)

 

The Grey Heron is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also part of Africa. It is a resident bird in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. Photographed in Lakshadweep, India (Subham Chowdhury)

 

Greater Flamingo photographed in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Other names for the Great White Pelican are 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 Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Garganey is a small dabbling duck that breeds in much of Europe and across the Palearctic, but it strictly migratory, with the entire population moving to southern Africa. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Eurasian Spoonbill, sometimes called the Common Spoonbill, is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family. It is a Palearctic species, breeding from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in North Africa. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Dalmatian Pelican is the largest member if the pelican family, and perhaps the world’s largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans. Photographed in Agra, U.P (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

The Common Snipe is a small, stocky wader native to the Old World. It breeds in marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows throughout the Palearctic. Photographed in Manglalodi, Odisha, India (Subhendu Khanra)

 

The Common Redshank is also known as simply the Redshank. It is a Eurasian wader which is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. Photographed in Bengal, India (Soumendu Das)

 

The Cattle Egret is found in the tropic, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones. This is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. Photographed in Najafgarh Haryana, India (Vijay Madan)

 

The Black-tailed Godwit has a discontinued breeding range stretching from Iceland to the far east of Russia. Photographed in Mangalajudi, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Asian Openbill is a distinctive stork found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Perak, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager