Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Waterbirds

The term waterbird is used to refer to birds that live on or around water. Waterbirds are well adapted to their aquatic lives. They have feet functioning as paddles, and their feathers are made to be waterproof and air tight.

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 the week.

The Black tailed Godwit is a large wader bird with a long bill. During the breeding season its bill turns into a yellowish or orange-pink base and a dark tip. The base is pink in winter. Photographed at Mangalajudi, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)


The Black-necked Stilt is an abundant shorebird of the American wetlands and coastlines. It is found in estuarine, salt pond and emergent wetland habitats. Photographed at Maui Hawaii, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)


Brown pelican photographed in México (J Bernardo Sánchez)


The Chiloé Wigeon is indigenous to the southern part of South America, where it is found on freshwater lakes, marshes, shallow lagoons and slow moving or flowing rivers. Photographed in London, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)


The Common Coot, also known as the Eurasian Coot or Australian Coot, is found in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Africa. Photographed at Jamnagar, Gujarat (Vishwas Thakker)


The Common Redshank photographed at Fazilka, Punjab, India (Swarn Singh)


The Common Sandpiper is a small Palearctic wader. It is a gregarious bird and most of the time it is seen in large flocks, and has the distinctive stiff-winged flight, low over the water. This species breeds in most of the temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia, and migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australia in winter. Photographed at Burdwan, West Bengal, India (Saptarshi Bhattacharjee)


Dalmatian pelican in Keoladeo Bharatpur, India (Prakash Vir Singh)


Gadwalls photographed in British Columbia. Males are intricately patterned with grey, brown, and black; females resemble female Mallards, although with a thinner, darker bill. Gadwall often snatch food from diving ducks as they surface (Dr. Jayaraj Padmanabhan)


The Garganey breeds in much of the Europe and Western Asia, but is strictly migratory, with all of its population moving to southern Africa, India, Bangladesh and Australasia in winter. Photographed at Faridkot Punjab, India (Jasvir Faridkot)


Great White Pelican photographed at the Central Catchment Area, Singapore (Siddhartha Mukherjee)


The Great White Pelican is also known as the Eastern White Pelican, Rosy Pelican or the White Pelican. It is distinguished from all the other pelicans by its plumage. Overall, the White Pelican is one of the most distributed species. This species usually prefers shallow warm fresh water. In Eurasia, they may use fresh or brackish waters (Shashi Dushyant)


Greater Flamingo photographed at Pune, Maharashtra, India (Rahul Kowshik)


The Green Heron is a relatively small bird. It is found in small wetlands in low-lying areas. It is most conspicuous during dusk and dawn, and if anything, it is nocturnal rather than diurnal. Photographed at Arcadia CA, USA (John LeeWong)


The Grey-headed Swamphen is found from the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent to southern China and northern Thailand. This bird was introduced to North America in the late 1990s as a result of avicultural escapes in the Pembroke Pines, Florida. This photo was taken at Bangalore, India (Mohan Bala)


The Indian Spot-billed Duck is a non-migratory breeding duck throughout freshwater wetlands in the Indian Subcontinent. It is around the same size as the Mallard, and it has a scaly-patterned body with a green speculum bordered with white. Photo taken at the Sultanpur National Park, Harayana, India (Ashok Appu)


A Juvenile Dalmatian Pelican on the frozen Lake. Dalmatian Pelican are found in lakes, rivers, deltas and estuaries and they prefer relatively warm temperatures. Photographed at Kerkini National Park, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis)

Knob-Billed Duck photographed at Rajkot, Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)


The Comb Duck, also known as the American Comb Duck, It is a duck found in tropical wetlands in continental South America south to the Paraguay River region in eastern Paraguay, southeastern Brazil and the extreme northeast of Argentina, and as a vagrant on Trinidad. Photographed at Jamnagarm, Gujarat (Vishwas Thakker)


The Mallard is a dabbling duck that breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa and it has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and South Africa. Photographed at Arcadia, CA (Henser Villela)


The Painted Stork is a large wader bird in the stork family. This bird is found in wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Nagaraja Arkalgud)


The Pheasant Tail Jacana is the only jacana to have different breeding and non-breeding plumage. This species breeds on floating vegetation during the rainy season. Photographed at Kolkata outskirts, West Bengal, India (Partha Das)


Purple Heron almost being choked by a Checkered Keelback snake. Photographed at Keshopur Wetlands, Gurdaspur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)


Tufted Ducks are small diving ducks with a population of close to a million birds. They are found in south Eurasia. Breeding habitats of this species are close to marshes and lakes with a lot of vegetation to cover the nest. Photo taken at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)


The Great White Pelican Photographed at Bharatpur, India (Pranav Dev Singh)


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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager