Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds Feeding

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds Feeding

In many ecosystems birds have various roles including pollination of flowers, maintaining sustainable levels of their prey populations, and removal of waste by scavenging dead organisms. Having a variety of roles mean that birds as a group also have a wide variety of prey and food items to feed on; from plant material, to invertebrates and other vertebrates. Many features of a bird such as its wing and tail shape,…

Top 25 Migratory Wild Birds

Top 25 Migratory Wild Birds

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Migratory Wild Birds. Approximately 40% of the world’s birds migrate, which means there a lot of birds on the move! Migration is primarily a strategy to optimize living conditions by moving to areas which are warmer and have more food. Migrant birds can be especially difficult to conserve as different countries need to cooperate to ensure birds are conserved across their range. Birds…

Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular Catches

Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular Catches

This week we are allowed a unique insight into the lives of birds that hunt. When we think of birds hunting, we typically picture a raptor with ferocious talons and a sharp beak to tear apart prey. But in fact many birds will hunt opportunistically. In this week’s Top 25 we feature a wide range of birds that have defeated the odds and have made a spectacular catch! We have…

Top 25 Wild Birds Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flowers

Top 25 Wild Birds Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flowers

The wonderful colours often observed when birds interact with flowers have inspired many works of art; from a painting style in Chinese history based entirely on this theme, to modern day bird photography. Often the relationship between birds and flowers is mutualistic; birds obtain nesting material and food, and flowering plants are pollinated. Some bird species such as hummingbirds have co-evolved with particular flower species to become specialised pollinators; this…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Herons, egrets and bitterns as a group are varied and have a worldwide distribution, but are common in the tropics. These wading birds are often associated with both fresh and coastal water where they feed at the edge of lakes, rivers, and the sea on aquatic prey including fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Some species may specialise on certain prey items such as crabs, while others may feed opportunistically on birds and…