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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #86

The Wild Bird Trust is excited to present the 86th edition of “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”!

Thank you to all the photographers and bird lovers who have contributed their incredible photographs and to all of you for joining the Wild Bird! Revolution, Viva!

Spring is in the air! A White-throated Sparrow resides in a flowering Crabapple tree in Northern Illinois. Photo by Janelle Pitula.
Spring is in the air! A White-throated Sparrow resides in a flowering Crabapple tree in Northern Illinois. Photo by Janelle Pitula.
A White-naped Woodpecker family in Vansda National Park, India. Both parents are involved in the care of their offspring. Photo by Anand Patel‎.
A White-naped Woodpecker family in Vansda National Park, India. Both parents are involved in the care of their offspring. Photo by Anand Patel‎.
Tawny Eagles are monogamous and mate for life. A pair share a tender moment in Rajasthan. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎.
Tawny Eagles are monogamous and mate for life. A pair share a tender moment in Rajasthan. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎.
A Taiwan Blue Magpie is caught mid bath in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan. Birds bath to rid themselves of dirt and parasites. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎.
A Taiwan Blue Magpie is caught mid bath in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan. Birds bath to rid themselves of dirt and parasites. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎.
Snail Kites are wide spread in South America but due to their locally small range and population sizes they are listed as endangered in the US. Photo by Melissa Penta.
Snail Kites are wide spread in South America but due to their locally small range and population sizes they are listed as endangered in the US. Photo by Melissa Penta.
The Roseate Spoonbill uses its strangely shaped bill to strain small food items out of the water. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎
The Roseate Spoonbill uses its strangely shaped bill to strain small food items out of the water. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎
Reeves Pheasant male tries to impress the less extravagant female.  Photo by Jay Shah‎
Reeves Pheasant male tries to impress the less extravagant female.
Photo by Jay Shah‎
The Rainbow-bearded Thornbill is a species of hummingbird  found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Photo by John Kinghorn‎.
The Rainbow-bearded Thornbill is a species of hummingbird found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Photo by John Kinghorn‎.
A Purple Sunbird feeding on Christmas candle stand flower in Karnataka, India. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎.
A Purple Sunbird feeding on Christmas candle stand flower in Karnataka, India. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎.
More than 200 species of birds live in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania and the Purple Heron is one of them. Photo by Teri Franzen‎
More than 200 species of birds live in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania and the Purple Heron is one of them. Photo by Teri Franzen‎
Pin Tailed Whydahs are an African species that have been introduced to California. They are obligate brood parasites so the question remains, who is taking care of their babies? Photo by Monique Dao
Pin Tailed Whydahs are an African species that have been introduced to California. They are obligate brood parasites so the question remains, who is taking care of their babies? Photo by Monique Dao
A female Pheasant-tailed Jacana will lay two clutches to two different males for hatching and chick rearing. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari‎
A female Pheasant-tailed Jacana will lay two clutches to two different males for hatching and chick rearing. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari‎
The exquisite Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher proudly poses with its arachnid prey. Photo by Bhupinder Randhawa.
The exquisite Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher proudly poses with its arachnid prey. Photo by Bhupinder Randhawa.
To initiate a mating dance a male Nazca Booby will engage in "sky-pointing" which the female will mimic if she's interested... Photo Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎
To initiate a mating dance a male Nazca Booby will engage in “sky-pointing” which the female will mimic if she’s interested… Photo Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎
A group of godwits can be called an "omniscience", "pantheon", or "prayer" of godwits. This "Omniscience" of Marbled Godwits was photographed in Long Beach, California by Barbara Wallace‎.
A group of godwits can be called an “omniscience”, “pantheon”, or “prayer” of godwits. This “Omniscience” of Marbled Godwits was photographed in Long Beach, California by Barbara Wallace‎.
The Lilac-breasted Roller never ceases to delight the bush-going birder. Photo by Francois Rademeyer‎.
The Lilac-breasted Roller never ceases to delight the bush-going birder. Photo by Francois Rademeyer‎.
No other bird has a longer breeding cycle than King Penguins. They take 14 to 16 months to fledge a single chick and can therefore only fledge a maximum of two chicks every three years. Here, a pair from South Georgia take a breather. Photo by David Berliner Nature Photography.
No other bird has a longer breeding cycle than King Penguins. They take 14 to 16 months to fledge a single chick and can therefore only fledge a maximum of two chicks every three years. Here, a pair from South Georgia take a breather. Photo by David Berliner Nature Photography.
Great Indian Hornbill shows off its impressive wing feathers in Kerala, India. Photo by Vidjit Vijaysanker‎
Great Indian Hornbill shows off its impressive wing feathers in Kerala, India. Photo by Vidjit Vijaysanker‎
The Glossy Ibis is fully nomadic and is the most widespread of all ibis species. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury‎
The Glossy Ibis is fully nomadic and is the most widespread of all ibis species. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury‎
One of the largest bird species in the world, a Dalmatian Pelican glides along the placid surface of Wellingdon Dam in Gujarat.    Photo by Keyur Nandaniya 
One of the largest bird species in the world, a Dalmatian Pelican glides along the placid surface of Wellingdon Dam in Gujarat. Photo by Keyur Nandaniya 
A Crested Kingfisher takes off with its lunch in Wuhan, China. Photo by Jay Shah‎
A Crested Kingfisher takes off with its lunch in Wuhan, China. Photo by Jay Shah‎
The Brown-headed Parrot is one of four parrot species found in South Africa and is a welcomed sighting on any Kruger Park game drive. Photo by Jay van Rensburg
The Brown-headed Parrot is one of four parrot species found in South Africa and is a welcomed sighting on any Kruger Park game drive. Photo by Jay van Rensburg
Brown headed gull out of its breeding plumage in Pondicherry, India. Photo by Mohan Dravid‎
Brown headed gull out of its breeding plumage in Pondicherry, India.
Photo by Mohan Dravid‎
Birds are well-known for their lack of teeth and ability to fly, but more seldomly mentioned are their remarkable tongues. Here a Bank Myna reveals its bizarre looking oral apparatus. Photo by Rajesh Chaube‎
Birds are well-known for their lack of teeth and ability to fly, but more seldomly mentioned are their remarkable tongues. Here a Bank Myna reveals its bizarre looking oral apparatus. Photo by Rajesh Chaube‎
A Black Naped Monarch Flycatcher trying to impress his potential mate with a morsel of food. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan‎.
A Black Naped Monarch Flycatcher trying to impress his potential mate with a morsel of food. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan‎.

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Edited by Jordan-Laine Calder, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #85

Comments

  1. Gopa basu
    Kolkata
    May 5, 9:50 pm

    Spell bounding each and every capture speaks volume for the photographers.what a treat to the eyes.Thank you for giving us an opportunity to have a glance of such mesmerising beauty.Thank you, ng