Wild Bird Trust presents the 115th Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the week. This week’s selection demonstrates the diversity of the Wild Bird Trust photographic community. We feature birds from across the globe, from Kenya, South Africa, India and the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, Malaysia, Bulgaria and Turkey. These countries are many thousands of kilometers apart but through these photographs we get to ‘travel’ to each of these countries and experience the birdlife in a small way. Thank you to all the photographers who submitted photographs this week. Keep up the good work!
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A Rufous-naped Lark photographed in Kenya by Ganesh Rao. Rufous-naped Larks have been known to mimic other species calls. In Kenya, an individual was found to use the call of the Abyssinian Nightjar instead of its own
The Bennett’s Woodpecker is found mostly in mature woodland where there are plenty of trees for them to nest in. This female was photographed in Limpopo, South Africa by Jody de Bruyn
A beautiful male Blue-fronted Redstart, photographed by Pranesh Kodancha
A Black-eared Barbet foraging on fruits. Sometimes these Barbets will forage in large groups, in Thailand groups of up to 100 birds have been recorded! Photograph by Arun Samak
A beautifully captured Eurasian Sparrowhawk by Carlo Galliani. During the breeding season, the nestlings are fed mainly by the female but the males do the majority of the hunting
The Great Thick-knee is considered Near-Threatened across its range. This is mainly due to disturbance at their riverine and coastal breeding sites. This individual was photographed at the Gajoldoba Wetlands, India by Birupakshya Mitra
A European Goldfinch photographed by Carlo Galliani. European Goldfinches generally lay between 4 and 6 eggs. Many of these eggs will be lost to predators, however. A study in Germany found that 57% of nests lost eggs and 21% lost nestlings to predators like magpies and kestrels
In the south-western parts of India, the local people believe that sighting a Greater Coucal brings good luck. Photograph by Amit Kumar Bal
This interesting-looking wader is called an Ibisbill. They forage along rivers, using their long bill to probe the sand and water for invertebrates. Photograph by Hitesh Chawla
This eye-catching Indian Roller was photographed in Bangalore, India by Shyam Sundar Nijgal
A male Indian Robin photographed by Rishab Meher. These birds generally prefer open habitats, in either grassland or scrubby areas
Little Grebes can often be seen at waterholes, dams and other still water bodies. This bird was photographed in Nagpur, India by Indranil Bhattacharjee
A magnificent Long-crested Eagle in flight. Both the males and the females have crests, with the female’s crest being slightly shorter. Photograph by Shantharam Holla
A Northern Long-eared Owl photographed in Turkey by Zafer Tekin. This beautiful bird is distributed across much of the northern hemisphere. It seems that the owls in the temperate parts of the range are resident but in the northern extent of their range, where winters are more extreme, they are migratory
Long-tailed Shrikes are opportunistic feeders, they hunt a variety of animals, from insects to small birds, they have also been known to steal prey off other birds. Photograph by Mukesh Mishra
An impressive action shot of two Western Marsh Harriers fighting, by K Halit Uzun
A group of Northern Pied Babblers in Nairobi National Park, captured by Owen Deutsch. Northern Pied Babblers are a gregarious species, they are usually in groups of between 3 and 12. These groups tend to be a bit smaller during the breeding season
A Pallid Harrier captured beautifully in low light by Narahari Kanike
A Rose-ringed Parakeet photographed in Jamnagar, India by Vishwas Thakkar. Rose-ringed Parakeets are native to India and central Africa. However, they are popular caged birds and as people have released them, they have established feral populations in many parts of the world including South Africa, Great Britain and Japan
This regal bird is a Ruppell’s Starling. They are a common species in east Africa, especially in Uganda where they are the most numerous starling species. This one was photographed in the Kenya by Ganesh Rao
A group of Black-winged Stilts photographed by Mann Niyati. This species is widely distributed, they are found in parts of the Americas, Africa, Eurasia and Australia
A Common Snipe photographed in the United Arab Emirates by Vipin Sharma
Violet-green Swallows occur along the west of North America. This one was photographed in Washington by Jola Charlton. They are only here during the breeding season and will migrate south to southern USA and Mexico for the winter
This vibrant bird is a Violet-back Starling. They occur in the open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. This male was photographed in Kenya by Shantharam Holla
White-browed Wagtails breed monogamously and they remain in pairs outside of the breeding season. Photograph by Paneendra BA
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