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Special Edition: Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs by Art Wolfe ©

Art Wolfe is an accomplished American photographer, television host, conservationist, photography teacher and artist. He is most notably known for his color photographs of wildlife, nature and cultures. He has travelled the world in search of the beauty within, above, below, around, between and anywhere he could point a camera lens. Although not his focus here is a Special Edition called the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs by Art Wolfe ©”. Please support the WILD BIRD REVOLUTION by sharing this amazing collection of wild bird photographs with your friends, family, colleagues, team, club or group. We need to share the tranquility and freedom of free flight, as well as the vibrant color and movement that follow them. Some live 99% of the time in the sky, others live almost entirely underwater. The birds of the world have an astounding diversity of color, design, function, grace, power and creativity that can only come from millions of years of mastering life on earth, or, should I say, in the air. These feathered aviators come from the age of the dinosaurs and their ancestors can be found as ancient fossils from prehistory. From pole to pole they had just about found a home and a place everywhere, in the air, under the waves, in the branches, in your garden, above cities, and in our forests. We need to do everything we can as a society to ensure that future generations have the amazing diversity of birds in their gardens, towns, parks, reserves and wilderness areas that we still have…


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Snowy owl photographed in the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia (Canada). They are typically found in the northern circumpolar region and summer N of 60 degrees. (Art Wolfe /
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Toco toucans photographed in the wild in Cantareira State Park (Brazil). They are the largest and best known toucan species and are found in semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America. (Art Wolfe /
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"Moon Gazers"... King penguins photographed on the beach at dusk on South Georgia Island (UK). King Penguins breed on the subantarctic islands of South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. Their total population is estimated to be 2.23 million pairs and is increasing. (Art Wolfe /
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Victoria crowned pigeons are large, bluish-grey pigeons with elegant blue lace-like crests. They are one of three unique very large, ground-dwelling pigeons native to the Papua New Guinea. The name honours Queen Victoria. (Art Wolfe /
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Japanese cranes photographed near Hokkaido (Japan). In Japanese: 丹頂 or タンチョウ, tancho. They are among the rarest cranes in the world. (Art Wolfe /
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Red-and-green macaw are the largest of the Ara genus and are widespread in the forests and woodlands of N and central South America. They are threatened by Habitat loss and the wild-caught bird trade. Photographed here in Buraco das Araras (Brazil). (Art Wolfe /
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Northern pygmy-owls are found in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, preferring a wide variety of habitat types including temperate, subtropical and tropical moist forest, savanna, and wetlands. Photographed here in Olympic National Park in Washington State (USA).
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The "Opera Singers"... Five hungry hatchlings in a neat nest in Mongolia. If these little guys last another few weeks they will have the privilege of flying free in the sky. (Art Wolfe /
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Yellow-billed oxpecker on the horn of an African buffalo in the Okavango Delta (Botswana). Perfect partners? (Art Wolfe /
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"Birds as art"... Filling the frame from corner to corner with terns displays the strong repetition of shapes throughout and illustrates how the pattern becomes the subject. (Art Wolfe /
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King Penguins eat small fish, and squid and rely less than most Southern Ocean predators on krill and other crustaceans. Photographed here near South Georgia Island (UK). (Art Wolfe /
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Saffron toucanets are found in Atlantic forests of far NE Argentina, SE Brazil, and E Paraguay. Photographed here in Brazil. (Art Wolfe /
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Atlantic puffin photographed with a successful catch in Maine (USA). Their clowning appearance, oversized colorful bill, and striking plumage, have given them the nickname "sea parrot". (Art Wolfe /
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Hyacinth macaws photographed in the Pantanal (Brazil). These well known parrots are classified as Endangered and all trade is restricted. (Art Wolfe /
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A tiny northern saw-whet owl uses blending camouflage to hide among a profusion of muted pussy-willow blossoms. Photographed in Washington State (USA). (Art Wolfe /
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"Moon Gazers"... King penguins photographed on the beach at dusk on South Georgia Island (UK). King Penguins breed on the subantarctic islands of South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. Their total population is estimated to be 2.23 million pairs and is increasing. (Art Wolfe /
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A hippopotamus interupts a flock of flamingos feeding in Lake Narasha (Kenya). A wonderful interaction in the wild captured from above. (Art Wolfe /
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The martial eagle is one of the world's most powerful eagles. Here perched high on a tree limb along the Samburu River in Kenya. In this photopraph, the eagle is eating a small antelope it killed. (Art Wolfe /
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Keas of New Zealand are now uncommon after years being killed for bounty due to concerns by sheep farmers that they were attacking livestock. A truly special parrot. (Art Wolfe /
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Southern carmine bee-eaters colonize a sandbank in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta (Botswana). (Art Wolfe /
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"Crowded Shores"... Marbled godwits, willets, and short-billed dowitchers photographed at Laguna San Ignacio on Baja California (Mexico). (Art Wolfe /
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Arctic tern photographed in front of an icebergs near Iceland. They enjoy two summers each year, migrating from their northern breeding grounds along a winding route through the oceans around Antarctica and back. An annual voyage of about 70,900 km! (Art Wolfe /
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Bald Eagle was on the brink of extirpation on the continental United States before conservation efforts aided recovery and stabilized the population. Photographed here on Unalaska Island (Alaska). (Art Wolfe /
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Odd one out...? One sleek mature King Penguin stands out in a crowd of young penguins with fluffy brown feathers on South Georgia Island (UK). (Art Wolfe /
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Black-browed albatross, like all other albatrosses, are long-winged seabirds uniquely adapted to extremely long distance sea flights. They generally only come to land during breeding season when they will rear only one chick. Most albatrosses live on remote islands where man does not live. Consequently, they remain unafraid of the occasional human presence. In this image, the sun sets over the southern Atlantic ocean as ten thousand nesting pairs of black browed albatross settle in for the brief summer night. (Art Wolfe /


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The Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The trust focusses on linking ordinary people with conservation action in the field through innovative marketing campaigns and brand development. Saving Africa’s birds is going to take a determined effort from all of us.

The main aims and objectives of the Wild Bird Trust are to:

  • To advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat.
  • Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well.
  • To work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.

In the pursuit of these aims and objectives the Wild Bird trust works closely with relevant local and international entities and persons, including: government authorities; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and avicultural organizations. The trust is funded entirely by its founder members, charitable donations and conservation grants.


See Wild Bird Trust’s epic research expedition across the Okavango Delta using mokoros over 18 days:

1) Bush Boyes on Expedition – 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey

2) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Seronga to Jedibe Across the People’s Okavango…

3) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Madinari “Mother of the Buffalo” Island to the Mombo Wilderness…

4) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Escape from Chief’s Island and World Heritage Status…

See the Africa Birds & Birding Facebook page for amazing bird photography from Africa!



  1. Zunaid
    Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University,Dhaka,Bangladesh
    September 14, 2013, 5:23 am

    These are awesome photography & also very good job.Hope to see more photos and convey special thanks to the authority

  2. Douglas
    September 23, 2012, 1:50 am

    Hi Su,Sorry you have more pain at the moment. It must be an awuefl feeling, not to be able to sit comfortable or lie down.But it’s good to know you’re in a better mood.Inspiration for designing is a bit low at my side, LOL! I am more in making some cards and so for the Starchildren blog. Curious to know what the DD for October will be.! Hope we will have back soon our “refuge”again.lots of greetings and a big hugKyra

    September 12, 2012, 8:03 am

    i like pictures and vry nice information

  4. munna
    September 1, 2012, 1:06 am


  5. Beatriz Lucrecia Irisarri
    Toay-La Pampa-Argentina
    August 31, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Estoy fascinada con estas fotografías…
    Muchas gracias por compartirlas.
    Beatriz Lucrecia Irisarri.