April has come to an end and we are a third of the way through 2017. As another month passes and the change of seasons is upon us, it is a good time to reflect on the year thus far. What have you accomplished? What have been your challenges? What have been the highlights? Any “lifer’s”? And looking forward, its a good time to set new goals having learnt from the lessons of the last four months. Are you setting forth on any new ventures? A birding adventure perhaps? However your year has been thus far and whatever lies ahead, we hope that the weekly “Top 25” blog has been an appreciated time marker and also something to strive towards as you snap away at all the wonderful birds you meet.
We are very proud and delighted to present the 85th edition of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week! Please keep your submissions coming, share the blog and join the WildBird! Revolution! Viva!
Zealandia in Wellington, New Zealand, is a world first conservation project, in which a predator-proof fence was built around a 225 hectare area that includes artificial lakes and other habitats. This Pied Shag is a juvenile of a population that naturally reintroduced into the area. Photo by Linton Miller
Spotted Owlet are nocturnal hunters of insects and small vertebrates, but during the day, they sleep. Photo by Hardik Shelat
A Wood Stork collects nesting material in Florida. Photo by Gail Pfoh.
The Tibetan Snowcock is found in high-altitude regions of the Western Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty
Streaked Spiderhunters are hungry nectivores and are important pollinators for plants like bananas. Photo by Anirban Mitra
Tri-Colored Heron is native to southeastern United States and Central America and was previously known as the Louisiana Heron. Photo by Leslie Reagan
Spot Billed Duck caught in flight in Jaipur, India. Photo by Shishir Saksena
The Southern Coucal is a member of the cuckoo order of birds but does not practise the notorious nest-parasitism behaviors of its relatives. Photo by Anil Oke
Koklass are a super species of Galliform that are more closely related to grouse than pheasants. The work Koklass, and their genus name,Pucrasia, are
onomatopœically derived from the bird’s territorial call. Photo by Jay Shah
Jungle Babblers are gregarious and populous and their habit of moving in groups inspired their local name of “Sath Bhai” which means seven brethren. Photo by Keyur Nandaniya.
Grey-headed Swamphen caught in flight in West Bengal. Photo by Swarnava Nandi
Greater Flamingos are the mots widespread of the six flamingo species. The “pinkness” in their feathers comes from the beta-carotene in the crustaceans they eat. Photo by Keyur Nandaniya
Great Horned Owl and her owlet on Amelia Island in Florida. Photo by Gail Pfoh
Barbets get their name from the bristles or “barbs” which fringe their heavy bills. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman
Golden-fronted Woodpecker spotted in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Dev Panda
A Black Shouldered Kite hovers over a potential prey stein Pakistan. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen Photography.
Carnaby’s Cockatoo is endemic to southwest Western Australia and is threatened by habitat destruction that removes the eucalyptus trees in which they nest. Photo by Ashvij Putta.
Both parents of a Coppersmith Barbet chick will take turns feeding it throughout the fledgling stage. Photo by Unmesh Jadav
Within its widespread range across tropical Asia, the Crested Serpent Eagle exists in 21 populations that are considered as separate subspecies. Photo by Sushil Khekare.
Eurasian Griffon Vultures are threatened by the use of veterinary anti-inflammatory drugs that they end up consuming when they feed on livestock carcasses. Photo by Swethadri Doraiswamy
Wild birds in an urban setting. Black Kites in Hubli, India. Photo by Narahari Kanike.
Barred Button Quail females are polyandrous which means that they court, and mate with many males. Photo by Narahari Kanike.
Asian Barred Owlet in Manas National Park, Assam, India. Photo by Swarnava Nandi.
The American Oystercatcher uses its bright red bill to feed on bivalves like mussels and clams. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen
Thanks to its uncanny ability to mimic human voices the Lesser Hill Myna is a popular species in the pet trade. They do not breed well in captivity however so thousands of birds are removed from the wild every year. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi
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 delivery 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 everyday 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 Jordan-Laine Calder, Campaign Manager