A big thank you to everyone that participated in our photographic themes in 2018, we hope to see more of your photos, and new photographers throughout the coming year. All the best for birding in 2019.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos for the January theme, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds from the week 13 to 18 January 2019.

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The great cormorant is widespread and feeds on fish in a variety of habitats, from the sea to estuaries, and freshwater lakes. Photographed here at Eymir Lake, Ankara, Turkey (Halit Uzun)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 1 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryThe Eastern osprey is found at the coastal regions of Australia, the Indonesian Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippines, they feed on fish and their feet are adapted with backward facing scales that allow them to hold onto their catch (Jamie Dolphin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 2 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryGreen bee-eater photographed in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 3 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryPied-billed grebes are found throughout the Americas, they do not fly often and when threatened will dive below the surface to swim away from the danger (Barbara Wallace)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 4 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryThe oriental magpie robin is the national bird of Bangladesh, it can be found in open woodland and cultivated areas across the Indian Subcontinent, and parts of Southeast Asia (Indranil Bhattacharjee)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 5 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryRiver tern skimming the water, likely in pursuit of prey, in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Anvita Paranjpe)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 6 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryThe downy woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker species in North America, they feed on insects, seeds, and berries. Photographed in Republic, Washington, USA (Jola Charlton)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 7 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryChestnut-tailed starling sucking nectar from a bottle brush flower in Barrackpore, West Bengal, India (Soumya Chakraborty)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 8 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryThe American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, it forms strong and often permanent pair bonds, and pairs will make use of previous nesting sites. Photographed in Nuevo, Southern California, USA (Leslie Reagan)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 9 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryBlue-tailed bee-eaters breed in southeastern Asia and their diet consists mainly of insects (Dr SS Suresh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 10 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryIntermediate egret reflected in the water in Ambazari Lake, Nagpur, India (Kapish Rai)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 11 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryPalm cockatoo photographed in Bali, Indonesia, the males have a territorial display that involves drumming with a large stick against a dead bough or tree to create a loud noise (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 12 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryPurple sunbird photographed in Khandela, Rajasthan, India (Vivek Sharma)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 13 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryRosy pelicans breed in southeastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, in shallow, warm fresh water where they feed on fish (Vishwas Thakker)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 14 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryOlive-backed sunbirds are common across southern China and Southeast Asia, they feed mainly on nectar but will also take insects (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 15 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryNorthern pintail takes off from the water in Mangalajodi, Orissa, India (Binit Chatterjee)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 16 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryBeautiful Mandarin ducks are found in East Asia, however specimens escape collections and form feral populations in other areas, photographed here in Los Angeles, California, USA (Henser Villela)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 17 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryCrowned woodnymph photographed in El Dorado Bird Reserve, Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia (Adriana Dinu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 18 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryRed-vented bulbuls breed across the Indian Subcontinent, they feed on fruits, petals, and flowers (Asheem Kumar)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 19 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuarySarus crane in the golden light of the setting sun in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Anirban Roychowdhury)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 20 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryDoubleday’s hummingbird, flying in Ixtapa, Mexico (Owen Deutsch)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 21 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryEgyptian vultures are widely distributed; from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, to India. They are endangered due to various threats; disturbance, lead poisoning, reduced food availability, and changing habitats (Yogesh Chauhan)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 22 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryWhite -throated kingfishers are widely distributed across Asia and they feed on large crustaceans, insects, earthworms, fish, frogs, rodents, and snakes (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 23 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryClose up of a steppe eagle, these birds will dive to catch prey, but will also steal prey from other raptors in flight, its main prey is small mammals (Adhirup Ghosh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week january 24 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: JanuaryThe great Indian bustard is found on the Indian Subcontinent, they are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN due to historically being hunted for food and sport, current habitat loss and degradation adds to their decline (Aravind Venkatraman)

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