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Top 25: Wild Birds on the Edge – February 9, 2018

A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED WHITE-BACKED VULTURE IN THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA. VULTURES WORLDWIDE ARE UNDER THREAT BECAUSE OF TOXINS IN THE CARCASSES THEY EAT, THESE TOXINS INCLUDE VETERINARY DRUGS, LEAD AND POISON LACED WITHIN CARCASSES TO KILL PREDATORS OR SOMETIMES VULTURES THEMSELVES … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #124

In WildlifeTags bird photography, birding, wild bird revolution, wild bird trust  Steve Boyes A BARN SWALLOW PHOTOGRAPHED BEAUTIFULLY IN FLIGHT (HEMANT KIROLA) THE RANGE OF THE ENDANGERED EGYPTIAN VULTURE IS HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON ITS PRIMARY FOOD SOURCES, LIVESTOCK CARCASSES AND HUMAN WASTE (RAJEEV TYAGI) BLACK KITES … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #118

In Changing Planet    Steve Boyes A VIBRANT FEMALE INDIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHED BY VISHAL MONAKAR. THERE ARE 6 SPECIES OF PARADISE-FLYCATCHERS IN ASIA AND GENETIC STUDIES REVEAL THAT THE INDIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER IS LIKELY ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ANCESTORS OF THIS GROUP. THE … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #117

In Wildlife & Wild Places    Steve Boyes WHEN BIRDS USE THE SAME HABITAT AND SAME FOOD SOURCES, ONE WILL OFTEN OUTCOMPETE THE OTHER. IN NORTH AMERICA THIS WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH WOULD THEORETICALLY COMPETE WITH THE VERY SIMILAR, PYGMY NUTHATCH. HOWEVER THESE TWO … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #116

Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A SOUTHERN RED-BILLED HORNBILL PREENING ITS FEATHERS. THIS SPECIES OCCURS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, UP TO MALAWI AND ZAMBIA. THIS HORNBILL WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN SOUTH AFRICA’S KRUGER NATIONAL PARK BY MICHAL RICHTER   THE BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER’S BRILLIANT BLUE … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #115

In Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A RUFOUS-NAPED LARK PHOTOGRAPHED IN KENYA BY GANESH RAO. RUFOUS-NAPED LARKS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO MIMIC OTHER SPECIES CALLS. IN KENYA, AN INDIVIDUAL WAS FOUND TO USE THE CALL OF THE ABYSSINIAN NIGHTJAR INSTEAD OF ITS OWN … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #114

In Wildlife & Wild Places  Steve Boyes THE WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE OCCURS ALONG THE COASTS OF AUSTRALASIA AND INDIA. HERE IT HAS CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE TO MANY COMMUNITIES. FOR EXAMPLE ON NISSAN ISLAND (PAPUA NEW GUINEA), THE EAGLE’S CALL IS BELIEVED TO SIGNAL … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #113

In Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A BEAUTIFUL BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD PROBING FOR NECTAR AT A COLUMBINE FLOWER. THIS HUMMINGBIRD IS A FEMALE, SHE IS LACKING THE BLACK PATCH ON THE CHIN WHICH DISTINGUISHES THE TWO SEXES. PHOTO BY JOLA CHARLTON   IN THE … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #112

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions 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 … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #111

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Voices for Wildlife Barn Swallows catch prey on the wing. Their diet varies depending on where they are and the time of year. During the breeding season, Barn Swallows prey mainly on large flies which sustain … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #110

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Asian Barred Owlet captured beautifully in its preferred woodland habitat. Photo by Amit Srivastava   You will often hear the distinctive call of the Bald Eagle in American films. Photo by Leslie Reagan   … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Eastern Imperial Eagle in flight. This eagle is vulnerable to extinction due to intensive forestry in the breeding grounds of Asia and Europe. Photo by Suketu Purohit   A Purple Sunbird captured probing for … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #108

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions This beautiful female Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark was photographed in Pune, India by Sushil Khekare. These sparrow-larks live in open, dry habitats where they feed on seeds and grasses.   Here we have a white morph of … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #107

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions Ashy Prinias build woven nests, usually close to a water source. Their nests are heavily predated by snakes, lizards and other predators. Photograph by Gaurav Budhiraja   The Black and orange Flycatcher has a fairly … Continue reading

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Cornell Bird Cams

This Blue Jay tosses back one of many peanuts during a visit to the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam. November 8: FeederWatch Staff Answers Your Feeder Questions In Live Q&A As many of the birds on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam begin to … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #106

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bar-headed Goose is particularly distinctive with the black bands on the back of the head. This goose is native to the highland wetlands of China and Mongolia but spends its winter in the comparatively … Continue reading

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Identification Tip for Least & Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper is on the left & Western Sandpiper on right.  First tip, color of the legs.  Least is yellow (greenish) and Western is black.  Often is hard to tell in poor light, distance, or mud on Least’s legs.  Least … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #105

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions In South Africa the Xhosa people call the Spotted Eagle Owl isihulu-hulu. Photo by Melissa Stuckenberg   The Black Bulbul also occurs as a white headed morph. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha   This Black-headed Bunting … Continue reading

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