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Wild Bird Trust presents the 112th Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the week. Today we feature a range of birds, from the extremely common like the Rock Pigeon to the unusual such as the Great Potoo. We thank all the photographers for taking time to capture these amazing pictures and sharing them with us. To be in the running for next week’s Top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species, location, and photographer as the caption. Also, follow us on Twitter for regular updates and on Instagram to learn more about the birds that we featured this week!

 

An Arrow-marked Babbler photographed by Martin Heigan at Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. These birds form groups of between 3 and 15 individuals, larger groups will defend bigger territories
Bar-tailed Godwits breed in the Arctic and tundra habitats of Eurasia and then migrate great distances to over-winter in the tropical and temperature regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. One satellite tracked individual travelled an amazing 11 060km without stopping! Photo by Aravind Venkatraman

 

Barn Swallows often build their nests on man-made structures, this has allowed them to spread as the human population has increased. Photo by Souvik Pal

 

Female Black-winged Stilts lay their eggs alongside water-bodies, they do not build nests but simply lay their eggs on a bare spot on the gound. Photo by Saswat Mishra

 

Bluethroats are considered monogamous but recent genetic studies reveal that the paternity of 33-64% of broods is not the male tending the nest. Photo by Tapash Kumar Dutta

 

A magnificent Egyptian Vulture photographed by Pranesh Kodancha

 

The European Roller breeds in Europe and western Asia and over-winters in Africa. Occasionally migratory birds will land up far from their normal range, for example there there is one exceptional record of a European Roller in Australia! Photo by Carlo Galliani

 

This unusual looking bird is a Great Potoo. They can be found in the forests of South America. Photo by Sharon Templin

 

A Great White Pelican beautifully captured in Lake Hawasa, Ethiopia by Goutam Mitra

 

Greater Flamingoes can tolerate highly saline and alkaline water. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen

 

The Indian Scimitar Babbler is closely related to the Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, in fact they were previously considered it was previously considered a sub-species. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha

 

Common Mergansers nest in tree cavities and so rely on mature forests to breed. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra

 

The Indian Skimmer population has declined due to pollution and habitat degradation. It is now listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN red list. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha

 

A beautiful Pallid Harrier, photographed by Narahari Kanike

 

Female Pied Bushchats will incubate their eggs for 13-14 days. Photo by Manoj K Bind

 

Purple Herons prefer shallow freshwater habitats with plenty of dense vegetation. Photo by Neha Majumder

 

Red Avadavats feed mainly on grass seeds, they will also take insects to supplement their protein intake. Photo by Sathish Poojari

 

The Rock Pigeon can be found on all the continents, they do especially well in urban areas. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar

 

True to its name the Sand Larks’ preferred habitat is sandy and dry riverbeds. Photo by Sunil Kumar

 

The Scaly-breasted Munia breeds throughout the year. Photo by Vishal Monakar

 

A Siberian Stonechat calling. This picture was taken by Wasif Yaqeen in Naran, Pakistan

 

The Snow Bunting breeds throughout the Arctic range. Photo by Emil Baumbach

 

The Steppe Eagle is listed as endangered, this is mainly as a result of their steppe habitat being converted to agricultural fields. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh

 

The White-cheeked Barbet can only be found in the woodlands of western India. Photo by Sathya Vagale

 

A White-eared Bulbul captured with freshly caught prey. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari

 

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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.

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #111