In the Northern Hemisphere autumn is underway and many birds are making their way back to warmer climates to overwinter in areas with increased prey availability. Many of the bird species that migrate are aerial foragers and waders, migrating between warm areas because their main food source, insects and crustaceans, are more active and abundant during the warmer months. Many migratory birds species are threatened by human activities such as habitat degradation in their stopover sites, and hunting along their migratory routes. One of many conservation efforts in place is the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) which is an intergovernmental treaty to co-ordinate conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of migratory birds, your pictures can create awareness about bird migration and the threats that many species face while migrating. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of migratory birds.

Red-crested porchards breed in lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and central Asia, they winter in the Indian subcontinent and Asia. this species is part of the AEWA (Oana Badiu)Brown-breasted flycatcher in West Bengal, India (Anirban Mitra)Purple sandpipers feed on molluscs and arthropods, breeding on Arctic Islands (Kelly Hunt)This blue-cheeked bee-eater breeds in northern Africa and the Middle East, and winters in Tropical Africa (Aman Sharma)Close up of a beautiful spot-winged starling photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Ramesh Aithal)Sandhill cranes are found in North America and some populations migrate to breeding grounds in northeastern Siberia (Owen Deutsch)Wood sandpipers breed in subarctic wetlands and migrate to Africa and Southern Asia making use of freshwater habitats in winter and during migration (Indranil Bhattacharjee)Little stints undertake long distance migration from their breeding sites in arctic Europe, and Asia, to their wintering sites in Africa and southern Asia (Sandipan Ghosh)Black bazas are migratory in parts of their range, found in Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)Roseate spoonbill flying in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)Siberian stonechat perching on a branch, these birds breed in temperate Asia, and winter in southern Japan to Thailand and India, and also in northeast Africa (Ashok Appu)Reflection of pied avocet feeding in Punjab, India, this species is part of the AEWA (Gagan Bedi)Indian paradise flycatchers spend their winters in tropical Asia, some populations are resident in southern India and Sri Lanka (Bhupinder Randhawa)Eurasian wigeons breed in most of Europe and Asia,
and winter in southern Asia, and Africa (Jasvir Faridkot)Booted warblers breed from central Russia to western China, and winter on the Indian subcontinent (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)Caspian tern flying in Chennai, India (Pallavi Sarkar)Horned grebes are listed as vulnerable due to, among other things, forestry operations around their breeding lakes, they breed in Eurasia, and winter along Icelandic, Norwegian, and British Isle coasts (Sudhir Kadam)Pair of greylag geese in Gajoldoba wetland, India (Soumendu Das)The beautifully coloured painted storks, found on the Indian subcontinent, are near threatened due to habitat loss and water pollution, some individuals migrate to west Burma (Vishesh Kamboj)This small bird, the whinchat, breeds in Europe and western Asia, they make ground nests hidden in vegetation, and migrate to central Africa to overwinter (Edwin Godinho)Greater flamingos in Gujarat, India. In times of bad weather and cold the Asian populations will migrate to Iran or India, a mildly cold season may prevent migration (Vijay Singh Chandel)Brown-headed gulls breed in colonies in central Asia, and winter on the coasts and inland lakes of the Indian subcontinent (Amrik Singh)Spotted flycatchers are able to identify their own eggs and are thought to have once been hosts of the common cuckoo. These birds breed in many parts of Europe and western Asia, and winter in Africa and south west Asia (Vishwas Thakker)Common whitethroats breed in Europe and temperate Asia, and winter in tropical Africa, Arabia, and Pakistan (Gur Simrat Singh)European roller in Haryana, India, these birds are threatened by hunting during their migration around the mediterranean (Manoj Nair)

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 Feeding

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