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June 22, 2014: Defying Gravity With Our Dog, Stalking Snow Leopards and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. This week, we soar with dogs, look for a peaceful resolution to Middle Eastern conflicts, recover lost treasures high in the Andes, save snow leopards, venture to the North Pole for the last time, preach the dangers of cheap meat, rehab injured city critters, and ponder our climate future.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #63

Monals, white-eyes, sunbirds, shags, munias, drongos and weavers… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph these amazing birds in the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #61

When last did you share a wild bird photograph? Frogmouths, skimmers, lovebirds, toucanets, monarchs and jacobins… A not-to-miss collection of wild bird photographs! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #59

The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between…  Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #57

Tinkerbirds, cockatoos, hummingbirds, nightjars, lapwings and owlets… Simply amazing! Make it your New Year’s resolution to go to your nearest park, river, stream, mountain or forest to spend time photographing nature. Begin with flowers, mushrooms and scenery, and then progress to the art of wildlife and bird photography. You never know what you are going…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #51

Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity of birdlife. The birds of the world, all 10,000 different species,…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #47

This week the bird photography has reached a new height! The selection of wild birds is representative of the birds of the world and all photographs are of the highest quality. We must all celebrate the amazing photographers who through their dedication have been able to bring these amazing images to us. The freedom and vibrant…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #37

Contingas, pardalotes, whydahs, eremomelas, camaroptera and cutias… Taxonomists are not good at coming up with easy-to-remember bird names. This is especially true for the rarest, remotest and often most beautiful birds whose ancestors were not named by local English-speaking peoples. As a result most of the over 10,000 bird species on earth have difficult unpronounceable names.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #36

Frogmouths, toucan barbets, blackbirds, merlins, violet-ears and birds-of-paradise… These names speak of the diversity of bird species around the world and the child-like fascination they cause in people. Binoculars and spotting scopes available to ordinary birders have advanced tremendously over the last 20 years. High-quality roof prism binoculars like Swarovski have HD optics and literally…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #32

When you sit back in your chair at the computer and imagine a relaxing tranquil place you could go to get away from the stresses of modern life, you invariable hear bird song along with the running water, rustling grass, and wind in the leaves… Birds are the theme song of the wilderness announcing every…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #14

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #11

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…