Protected Areas give space for wildlife to flourish in an otherwise human-dominated world. As of this year, just under 15% of our world’s land surface and 7% of our ocean surface is protected. This is growing steadily, an encouraging trend for global biodiversity. This week we present the Top 25 Birds of Protected Areas. We dedicate this collection to all those who work to develop and maintain these safe spaces for biodiversity. Thank you to all the photographers who submitted photographs this week, your efforts showcase the many bird species that benefit from protected areas!

A Razorbill enjoys its summer refuge at the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve in Yorkshire (Edwin Godinho)A COMMON HOOPOE PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE KABINI FOREST RESERVE IN INDIA. THIS 55 acre RESERVE IS HOME TO 250 BIRD SPECIES! (RADHAKRISHNAN SADASIVAM)A Crested Hawk Eagle surveys his domain in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in India (Amit Kher)Atlantic Puffins breed on the northern coastlines of Europe and North America. They used to breed as far south as Seal Island, off the coast of Maine (USA). Attempts have been made to reintroduce puffins to this site, which is now a proclaimed wildlife refuge. However global warming is creating conditions which are not ideal for these birds (Edwin Godinho)Black Francolins breed monogamously, the female lays a clutch of between 7 and 12 eggs and she incubates them (Nitin A Chavan)A Ridgway’s Rail wades through the wetlands of the Chica Ecological Reserve in California (Barbara Wallace)A Buffy Fish Owl rests on a tree in the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve in India. The Sunderbans reserve encompasses part of the Ganges Delta, a vital wetland habitat for a multitude of birds and other species (Sandipan Ghosh)Sometimes we can only marvel at the beauty of nature! A European Goldfinch against a backdrop of purple flowers in Dadia Forest National PArk, Greece (Brigitte Petras)A Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Himalayas (Preety Patel)Is it a rail, is it a babbler? Neither! This unusual and rare bird is called a Malaysian Rail-babbler, the only species of its family. This bird was photographed in the Krau Wildlife Reserve in Malaysia, these reserves are so important to species, like this one, threatened by deforestation (Ananth Ramasamy)A Short Tailed Babbler photographed in the Krau Wildlife Reserve in Malaysia (Arun Samak)Two Northern Gannets engage in a courtship ritual in the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve in Yorkshire, England. This reserve hosts over half a million seabirds every summer! (Edwin Godinho)A Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill photographed in the Kruger National PArk, SOuth Africa. The Kruger is one of the largest parks in Africa and is home to Africa’s Big Five mammals as well as over 500 bird species (Shankar Narayan)A Striated Bulbul photographed in the Neora Valley National Park, India (Sounak Dutta)A Black-winged Stilt photographed at the Albufera Nature Park in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca (John Parkinson)A regal Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Ramesh Aithal)A Hildebrandt’s Starling photographed in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Park. The national park protects part of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem, a system renowned for its large number of antelope which still migrate in their millions each year (Ramesh Aithal)Long-tailed Broadbills photographed in the Sattal forests of India, one of the country’s most pristine biomes (Ramesh Aithal)The Rock Ptarmigan has seasonally camouflaged plumage, here the browner summer plumage allows them to blend into the vegetation, whereas during winter they are white, to blend into the snow. This photograph was taken in Alaska’s Denali National Park (Ganesh Rao)A Hadeda Ibis in the Maasai Mara (Shantharam Holla)A pair of Red and green Macaws at their nesting site in Tambopata National Reserve in Peru. These protected areas help sustain these birds which are threatened by the pet trade (Judi Fenson)A flock of Plum-headed Parakeets forages in Bandipur National Park, India (Subhamoy Das)Rufous Treepies have varied omnivorous diets, which includes the ectoparasites on mammals (Anirban Roychowdhury)A stunning shot of a Vermillion Flycatcher in San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in California (Leslie Reagan)The Whitehead’s Broadbill is endemic to the montane forests of Borneo. Here it is photographed in Kinabalu National Park (Ananth Ramasamy)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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