Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Bird Photography
Bird photography has many different facets and exciting photographic challenges. There are moments between the photographer and the bird where a bird fixing you with its gaze creates an alluring portrait that result in a stunning landscape shots. Photographing birds is certainly a unique challenge and we thank everyone who submit their photographs to our page.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme Bird Photography, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of the week.
The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler, is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. Photographed at Rajkot, Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
The Asian Openbill is found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Its foraging habitats are inland wetlands and this bird is rarely seen along river banks and tidal flats. Photographed at Trichur, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
The Black-eared Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey. It is an opportunistic hunter and it is most likely to scavenge. It spends a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Photographed at Pong dam, Punjab, India (Sanjiv Khanna)
The Black Redstart is widespread in South and central Europe and Asia and north-west Africa from Great Britain and Ireland (where it is local) south to Morocco, east to central China. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but north-eastern birds migrate to winter in southern and western Europe and Asia, and north Africa. Photographed at Bharatpur Rajasthan (vijay madan)
The Changeable Hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey species. It is a typical hawk-eagle in that it is an agile forest-dwelling predator and like many such eagles readily varies its prey selection between birds, mammals or even reptiles as well as other vertebrates. Photo taken at Nagzira Tiger Reserve, India (Arnab Rayc’S)
A female Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush photographed at Chakki Morh, Punjab, India (Arjun Singh)
The Common Sandpiper is a gregarious bird and it is often seen in large flocks. This bird has the distinctive stiff-winged flight, low over the water. Photographed at Siswan Kurali Road, Punjab, India (Tarun Kapoor)
Eurasian Griffon, sometimes called the Griffon Vulture, is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. Just like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often found moving in flocks. Photographed at Jorbeer Bikaner, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)
The Fire-tailed Sunbird is found in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, primarily in the Himalayas, and also in some adjoining regions in Southeast Asia. The natural habitats of this species include temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed at Bhoj Nagar, Himachal Pradesh, India (Amandeep Singh)
Great Egret, also known as the Common Egret, Large Egret, or Great White Egret, is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Photographed at Selangor, Malysia (Chuan Bulat)
The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. It is found in Africa, on the Indian Subcontinent, in the Middle East, and in southern Europe. Photographed at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (Muthuganesan Palanisamy)
The Green-backed Flycatcher was long considered to be a subspecies of the Narcissus Flycatcher, but morphological and acoustical differences between the two species indicate they are instead separate species. Photographed at Perak, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)
The Indian White-eye was formerly known as the Oriental White-eye. It is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. This bird is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand (Krishna Kumari)
Jungle Crow on the Eurasian Griffon. Photographed at Rundhera, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (Vijendra Prakash Parmar)
Juvenile Common Kestrel photographed in Bangalore, India. This species occurs over a wide range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as it occasionally found reaching the east coast of North America (PK Raja)
The Oriental Magpie-robin is a distinctive black and white bird with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously. It is also the national bird of Bangladesh. Photographed at Bharatpur Rajasthan (Vijay Madan)
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 at Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Aparna Mondal)
The Plumbeous Water Redstart is found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China. This bird is very protective of its habitat and will be extrememely confrontational to any trespasser on its territory. Photographed at Chanfi, Uttarakhand (Deepak Singla)
The Ruby-topaz Hummingbird is commonly referred to simply as the Ruby Topaz. It is a small bird that breeds in Lesser Antilles and tropical northern South America from Colombia, Venezuela and Guyanas, south to central Brazil and northern Bolivia. This hummingbird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivated areas. Photographed at the Spanish Lagoon, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Short-eared Owl is found on all continents except Antarctica and Australia, making it to have the most widespread distribution than any bird. This species is known to relocate too areas of higher rodent populations and it wanders nomadically in search of better food supplies during years when vole populations are low. Photographed at Kaveripakkam, Chennai (Muthuganesan Palanisamy)
Streaked Spiderhunter photographed at the Frasers Hill, Malaysia (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
Streaked Weaver photographed at Faridkot, Punjab, India (Jasvir Faridkot)
The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher is an insectivorous species which breeds in tropical Asia, from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards to Bangladesh and western Myanmar. Photographed at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (Meeshan Agrawal)
The Western Yellow Wagtail breeds in much of the temperate regions on Europe and Asia. This bird inhabits open country near water, such as wet meadows, nesting in tussocks. Photo taken at the Harike Wetlands, Punjab, India (Asheem Kumar)
Yellow-crowned Heron in Ventura CA, USA. This heron is found exclusively in the Americas, and its distribution depends closely on food availability, mainly crustaceans (Henser Villela)
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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager