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 bee-eaters, seabirds, hornbills, waders and, of course, the raptors. Thank you to everyone who contributed this week, your pictures bring the world of these birds to life for all of us

top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular Catches

A Black Kite emerges victorious from a hunt! This spectacular catch took place at Sukhna Lake in India and was captured by Gur Simrat Singhtop 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 1 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesThis Hamerkop is holding tight to its catch! In southern Africa frogs and tadpoles make up the main part of the Hamerkops’ diet (Judi Fenson)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 2 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA juvenile Shikra overpowers a rather large bird! (Bhargavi Upadhya)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 3 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesAn Oriental Pied Hornbill tosses back a lizard it has just caught (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 4 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesAfrican Pygmy Falcons are Africa’s smallest raptor. But don’t let their size deceive you, they are excellent hunters! Here a female feasts on a mouse in Samburu National Reserve in Kenya (Sammy Mugo)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 5 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesThe Anhinga hunts by submerging itself under water and using its sharp bill to spear fish and other prey. This ANHINGA IN Florida (USA) HAS GOT QUITE A BIG CATCH! (Vasu Karlapudi Photography)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 6 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesStudies show that Atlantic Puffins eat between 15 and 20 per cent of their body weight every day, this is mainly fish but also squids, crustaceans and polychaetes (Suranjan Mukherjee)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 7 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesTwo Blue-tailed Bee-eaters compare their dragonfly catches (Manoj K Bind)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 8 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesAdult mayflies emerge all at once, often in enormous numbers, but they are very short lived, most die within 24 hours. So birds like this Common Grackle need to take full advantage as soon as the mayflies emerge (Zachary Vanier)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 9 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA double catch by two Double-crested Cormorants (Leslie Reagan)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 10 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA stunning action shot of a Great Cormorant catching a fish (Hitesh Chawla)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 11 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesThis Great Hornbill has caught and killed a Jungle Owlet, this image shows how large these hornbills are. They stand at about 1 metre tall (Mainak Ray)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 12 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesGreen Sandpipers feed mainly on invertebrates but when an opportunity for something larger comes by, why pass it up? (Indranil Bhattacharjee)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 13 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesHorned Grebes dive under water to catch fish. they are amazing swimmers, able to reach speeds of 1 metre per second in some cases (Christopher Ciccone)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 14 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA spectacular shot of an Indian Roller with a mouse (Jasvir Faridkot)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 15 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA Large-billed Crow bites the head of a frog to incapacitate it (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 16 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA breath-taking action shot of an Osprey in Rutland, England (Edwin Godinho)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 17 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular Catcheshere we have a Red-vented Bulbul with a mantid. From the size of the mantid’s abdomen, this is likely a female full of eggs, an excellent source of protein for this bulbul (Sandeep Beas)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 18 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesIn many cases, the predator’s prey puts up a fight. Here a Red-tailed Hawk tries to gain control over a Kingsnake, tossing it in the air (Jack Zhi)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 19 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA Shikra enjoys its well earned meal, in this case an Oriental Magpie-robin (Subham Chowdhury)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 20 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesPurple Swamphens eat mainly plant matter but they will take meat when they get the opportunity. This Purple Swamphen seems very pleased with its fish! (Bhargavi Upadhya)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 21 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA White-eyed Buzzard enjoys its meal at Siruthavur Lake, India (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 22 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesWhite-throated Kingfishers are typical ‘sit and wait’ predators, they will sit on a perch looking for prey and when they spot something they swoop down to catch it, in this case a lizard (Gur Simrat Singh)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 23 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesSometimes when a raptor has caught prey, another bird will try steal it. Here a juvenile Black-winged Kite guards its prey from an adult (Brian Culver)top 25 wild birds with spectacular catches 24 - Top 25: Wild Birds with Spectacular CatchesA Great Cormorant tosses a fish that it has just caught in the Chennai backwaters, in India (Pallavi Sarkar)

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Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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Originally posted 2018-07-20 20:38:19.

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