Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #85 – National Geographic Society (blogs)

April has come to an end and we are a third of the way through 2017. As another month passes and the change of seasons is upon us, it is a good time to reflect on the year thus far. What have you accomplished? What have been your challenges? What have been the highlights? Any “lifer’s”? And looking forward, its a good time to set new goals having learnt from the lessons of the last four months. Are you setting forth on any new ventures? A birding adventure perhaps? However your year has been thus far and whatever lies ahead, we hope that the weekly “Top 25” blog has been an appreciated time marker and also something to strive towards as you snap away at all the wonderful birds you meet.

We are very proud and delighted to present the 85th edition of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week! Please keep your submissions coming, share the blog and join the WildBird! Revolution! Viva!

Zealandia in Wellington, New Zealand, is a world first conservation project, in which a predator-proof fence was built around a 225 hectare area that includes artificial lakes and other habitats. This Pied Shag is a juvenile of a population that naturally reintroduced into the area. Photo by Linton Miller‎
Spotted Owlet are nocturnal hunters of insects and small vertebrates, but during the day, they sleep. Photo by Hardik Shelat‎
A Wood Stork collects nesting material in Florida. Photo by Gail Pfoh‎.
The Tibetan Snowcock is found in high-altitude regions of the Western Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty‎
Streaked Spiderhunters are hungry nectivores and are important pollinators for plants like bananas. Photo by Anirban Mitra
Tri-Colored Heron is native to southeastern United States and Central America and was previously known as the Louisiana Heron. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎
Spot Billed Duck caught in flight in Jaipur, India. Photo by Shishir Saksena‎
The Southern Coucal is a member of the cuckoo order of birds but does not practise the notorious nest-parasitism behaviors of its relatives. Photo by Anil Oke‎
Koklass are a super species of Galliform that are more closely related to grouse than pheasants. The work Koklass, and their genus name,Pucrasia, are
onomatopœically derived from the bird’s territorial call. Photo by Jay Shah‎
Jungle Babblers are gregarious and populous and their habit of moving in groups inspired their local name of “Sath Bhai” which means seven brethren. Photo by Keyur Nandaniya‎.
Grey-headed Swamphen caught in flight in West Bengal. Photo by Swarnava Nandi‎
Greater Flamingos are the mots widespread of the six flamingo species. The “pinkness” in their feathers comes from the beta-carotene in the crustaceans they eat. Photo by Keyur Nandaniya‎
Great Horned Owl and her owlet on Amelia Island in Florida. Photo by Gail Pfoh
Barbets get their name from the bristles or “barbs” which fringe their heavy bills. Photo by Aravind Venkatraman
Golden-fronted Woodpecker spotted in…

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