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, the shape and length of its beak, and position of its eyes will determine which type of food it will eat. Such diversity in feeding allows many species of birds to co-exist in the same habitat, and to make use of different food resources.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds feeding, your pictures can bring awareness to the variety of feeding methods, and food items birds employ. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds feeding.

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Green bee-eaters feed on bees, wasps, and other insects, they will thrash their prey on a perch in order to remove stings and exoskeletons using their beak (Ashok Appu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 1 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingPond heron flying off with catch in Punjab, India (Gur Simrat Singh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 2 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingBlack-rumped flameback searching for beetle larvae under tree bark, they also visit termite mounds for food (Kishore Bakshi)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 3 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingA russet sparrow with insect catch which will be given to nestlings, adults feed mainly on seeds (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 4 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingWhite-browed bulbuls are endemic to southern India, and Sri Lanka, they feed on fruit, nectar, and insects (Ramesh Aithal)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 5 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingAfrican pygmy falcons are the smallest African raptors, they feed on large insects, small birds, and small mammals, photographed here in Kenya (Lorenzo Barelli)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 6 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingOriental dwarf kingfishers are endemic to much of the Indian subcontinent, they feed geckos, crabs, frogs, crickets, and dragonflies to their young (Sandipan Ghosh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 7 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingIndian paradise flycatcher feeding on a dragonfly in Katwa, India (Sayan Biswas Maitra)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 8 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingCedar waxwing feeding hungry chicks; insects are an important part of this bird’s diet during breeding season, at other times of the year it feeds on berries and fruits (Jola Charlton)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 9 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingWhite-breasted waterhen foraging in shallow water for insects, fish, and aquatic invertebrates in Singapore (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 10 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingCommon mynas are omnivorous birds with a wide range, they are considered one of the world’s most invasive species (Tarika Sandhu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 11 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingCinereous vulture feeding on its catch in Pakistan, this Eurasian species feeds on carrion of large mammals, fish, and reptiles (Tauseef Zafar)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 12 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingGray catbird feeding on insects in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, USA (Sharon Templin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 13 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingAnhingas have to dive for their fish and amphibian prey, their feathers are not waterproof which allows them to stay underwater for long periods (J Bernardo Sanchez)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 14 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingIndian paradise flycatcher feeding chicks, these birds are insectivorous (Prashanta Bhattacharjee)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 15 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingStreaked spiderhunters feed on nectar as shown here, as well as insects and spiders (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 16 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingNorthern mockingbirds are omnivorous, feeding on arthropods, earthworms, berries, fruits and seeds (Dot Rambin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 17 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingSanderlings are wading birds that feed in the upper intertidal zone of the ocean, they stick their bills into the sand to search for invertebrates (Anne Harlan)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 18 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingRed-vented bulbul feeding chick in Sri Mukstar Sahib, India (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 19 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingStriated laughingthrush feeding on berries, they also feed on insects and seeds (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 20 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingOsprey feeding on a fish which makes up most of its diet, their vision is adapted to detect underwater movement while they are flying (Anirban Mitra)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 21 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingRed knots at the front, and laughing gulls at the back feeding on horseshoe eggs in New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 22 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingPied shrike-babbler feeding young in Java, Indonesia (Arun Sumak)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 23 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingSpot-billed pelicans, like most pelicans, make use of their large bill pouch to catch fish (Pallavi Sarkar)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week birds feeding 24 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds FeedingAtlantic puffin with fish catch. These birds spend most of their time at sea, and as a result of increasing ocean temperatures and shifting prey distributions causing a decrease in their population they are considered vulnerable by the IUCN (Antony Tsaknakis)

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 Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flight

Originally posted 2018-10-05 16:28:01.

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