Blue Tit by Markus Veresvuo.

Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category
Birds are a secretive and mysterious species, which makes them one of the hardest to photograph.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), however, is taking time to appreciate photographers around the world who have mastered the art of capturing the quiet, gentle beauty of birds, and they’ve just announced their winners for 2017.
The Bird Photographer of the Year competition was initiated in 2015, and reportedly received a flood of entries right away.
According to BTO Chief Executive Andy Clements, its aim is “to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid conservation by supporting the valuable work carried out by the BTO.”
Source: 10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly Amazing | Bored Panda

Redpolls in the Snow, Western Maine.

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) (file photo)
Professor emeritus at the University of Vermont Bernd Heinrich studied the unusual behavior of a flock of redpolls (Carduelis flammea) in Western Maine Mountains.
In his recently published findings, Heinrich said that the activity usually starts with one bird, but gradually others join in until the whole flock creates a maze of burrows and furrows.


“I have wondered a lot about what the trigger is, and I have not seen anything obvious,” Heinrich told NewScientist, adding that the activity may have a social aspect.
The professor went on to say that he found no evidence showing the birds were searching for food as there was no vegetation near the tunnels.
He added that it was unlikely that the birds were bathing as they were very clean.
“Play is defined as behavior with no immediate function, so in that sense, yes, it is ‘just’ play,” Heinrich says.
via PressTV – A type of bird builds snow tunnels for fun.

‘The ‘Feathered Heads’ of the Aussie Bush

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Powerful Owl – Photo credit: Powerful Owl
ANZANG Photographer of the Year finalist, Angela Robertson-Buchanan has completed showcasing her exhibition ‘Feathered Heads,’ as part of National Bird Week at X88 Gallery in Chippendale.
Baby Currawong. Photo by Angela Robertson-Buchanan.
Boobook – Photo credit: Boobook
Feathered Heads features close-up portraits of a range of different native Australian birds and 20 per cent of sales raised will be donated back to Birdlife Australia to help with conservation efforts.
See more via Feathered Heads portraits of native Australian birds – Australian Geographic.

Sulphur Crested Cocky & Tawny Frogmouth.

o1“This photo was taken in Lane Cove National Park where I go to take photos regularly.
The bird life there is very active. I caught this cheeky sulphur-crested cockatoo showing off in front of some friends,” says Martin Cook.
The Lane Cove NP is part of the traditional lands of the Guringai people. It protects a number of ancient Aborigine sites, but also a vast range of Australian wildlife.
Photo credit: Martin Cook
“This tawny frog mouth was sitting in a tree quite low to the ground, and I didn’t notice it there until I was too close!
Whilst tawny frog mouths are often mistaken for owls due to their nocturnal habits, they are more closely related in species to the nightjar.
Photo credit: Brodie James
via Australian wildlife: Best of the AG reader photos.

Goosander & Brood, Cheviot Hills.

Goosander and brood by Jonathan Gaunt, United Kingdom. Category: bird behaviour.
A female goosander ( Mergus merganser) on an upland stream with her newly hatched brood, on the edge of the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland
Image Credit: Photograph by Jonathan Gaunt/2017 Bird Photographer of the year
Source: Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian