2018 is year of the bird, a project launched by National Geographic with the aim of increasing awareness about birds and the threats they face. This year is 100 years since the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, which brought with it increased protection for many bird species. It has also been 100 years since National Geographic magazine published an article that implored sportsmen to trade their rifles for cameras, and to shoot birds through the camera lens instead. This switch, combined with improving technology, and easier access to cameras over the last century has made bird photography more accessible, and has provided new opportunities for bird research and conservation.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds and aspects of their life, your pictures can create awareness about the beauty and diversity of birds worldwide. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds and aspects of their life submitted in November.
Great white pelicans fish in the morning and then spend the rest of the day preening and bathing (Rhonda Lane)
Mountain bluebird in Republic, Washington, USA (Jola Charlton)
Imperial green pigeons are found in forests of tropical southern Asia, they feed on plant materials in tree canopies (Ramesh Aithal)
Black kite preening its tail feathers in New Delhi, India (Vivek Sharma)
Black-necked storks make use of wetland habitats in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, they are listed as near threatened due to threats of drainage, agriculture encroachment, and tree felling within their habitats (Anuj Pokhiryal)
Osprey with fish in West Bengal, India (Sandipan Ghosh)
Snow geese in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, preparing for the fall migration (Tony Campbell)
Oriental skylarks are found in southern, central, and eastern Asia, the male breeding display involves flying up into the sky, where he will flutter and sing, and then rapidly descend back to the ground (Manoj Nair)
Grey-hooded warbler, photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Deepak Singla)
Common kingfisher in Rajasthan India. Kingfishers are able to use each eye separately to be able to better spot prey, this is known as monocular vision, while underwater they use both eyes together for binocular vision (Nishant Rana)
Eurasian spoonbill flying in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Anvita Paranjpe)
Common cranes in India; this species is one of four crane species that are currently not threatened with extinction (Vijay Singh Chandel)
Himalayan bulbul showing off its beauty (Hitesh Cahwla)
Western marsh harriers are found in Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Central and northern Asia, and some parts of Africa where they make use of wetland habitats (Brij Kishore)
Western reef egrets after a territorial fight in Mulky, Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
Wood sandpipers breed in subarctic wetlands across Europe and Asia, they migrate to Africa, Southern Asia, and Australia. They are protected by the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (Nishith Dwivedi)
Little owl stretching in Ankara, Turkey (Halit Uzun)
Intermediate egrets performing a courtship display in Saltanapur, Haryana, India (Sanjay Solanki)
Rufous treepies are native to the Indian subcontinent, they feed on seeds, fruits, invertebrates, small reptiles, and bird eggs and young. They hide their food stores to be eaten later (Subhamoy Das)
Greater racket-tailed drongo showing its long tail feathers (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Mandarin ducks are found in East Asia, in the 20th century in Great Britain a large feral population became established from individuals that had escaped collections (Edwin Godinho)
Common cuckoo with food in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Naresh Nani)
Portrait of a Malabar grey hornbill, this bird is endemic to the Western Ghats of India and can be found in dense forest habitats (Amit Prasad)
Black-winged kites are found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, coastal regions of north-eastern Africa, India, and Sri Lanka, they make use of savanna, grassland, and rocky area habitats (Kishore Bakshi)
Blue jays are native to North America, their diet consists of nuts and seeds, soft fruits, and arthropods (Kelly Hunt)
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 delivering 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 every day 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 Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager