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31 Awe Inspiring Bird Photos

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1.) Grey Heron Gone Fishing

Grey Heron

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I caught this image of a grey heron this past summer while on holiday in Paris. This guy was sitting in a pond right next to the Eiffel Tower presumably eye-balling some tasty fish swimming around beneath him. It was pretty amazing to see him move his head around as he was deciding which fish to go after.
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2.) Peahen – Peafowl

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The peahen is a female peafowl. The male peafowl is the more notably recognizable peacock with the amazing feathers. Peacocks use their stunning feathered displays as a way to impress the lady peahens.
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3.) The Infamous King Vulture

King Vulture

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King Vultures are native to Central America and South America. Since they feed off of dead animals they are calssifed as a scavenger hunter. These species are doing okay for now in terms of population size as they are rated Least Concern by the IUCN, however, further habitat loss and hunting could threaten the species.
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4.) Group of Great White Pelicans

Great White Pelicans

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This group of great white pelicans are just hanging out enjoying the beautiful summer sun. These birds know how to have a good time.

5.) The Majestic Black Crowned Crane

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This black crowned crane is one of my favorites. I particularly like the streaks of color on his body as well as his unique puffy hat atop his black crown. This bird is most certainly awe-inspiring to me – what do you think?

6.) The Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth macaw

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The hyacinth macaw is one of the longest birds in the parrot species. It is a bird with its native home belonging to South America. This particular parrot is classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN’s red list because of continued habitat loss in the rain forests and the pet trade. It is also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

7.) White Stork Perched On a Nest

White Crane on Nest

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Here is another amazing photo of a White Stork perched up on a nest – is he yawning or howling at something? Either way, the nest this guy has built is nothing other than exceptional.

8.) Snowy White Owl

white snowy owl

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The snowy owl is a beautiful bird of prey that inhabits the northern regions of the world. Their populations tend to fluctuate a bit but the IUCN classifies them as Least Concern (LC) since they tend to be nomadic and adaptable species. They like to make nests on the ground near good hunting areas.

9.) Crouching Parrot Hidden Macaw

blue and yellow macaws

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I could not help but laugh at the scene of these Blue and Yellow Macaws fighting over who gets to stay on the perch. It looks like the guy on the right is losing.

10.) A Slightly Pink Bird – The Flamingo

pink flamingo

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Flamingos are just one of those birds that make for a great photo. I do wish the pink colors would have showed through more, but this particular variety wasn’t overly pink. Either way, he is a beautiful bird and I was happy to capture this moment.

11.) A Very Red Bird – The Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

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The scarlet ibis family of birds is my absolute favorite. The colors from these birds are breathtaking and I was happy to have the camera capture their exuberance.


12.) Sleeping Pigeon

Sleeping Pigeon

Photo Credit: © Steve Allen / The Environmental Blog


This sleeping pigeon photo was taken by Steve was captured on a trip to Ireland this past summer. It was a lucky find for this little fellow to find a great resting spot away from the cold and rain typical of Irish weather.

13.) Pink Galah Cockatoo

pink galah cockatoo

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The pink galah cockatoo is also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, and is a very common and widespread cockatoo. It’s IUCN status is “Least Concern” (LC) and it’s home is found all over mainland Australia.

14.) Urban Black Bird – Jackdaw

Urban Black Bird

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I’m not sure if these Jackdaw birds are a relative of the crow or not. Either way, this litte black jackdaw bird seems to be fairly common in urban European cities. I found this guy perched up on a ledge in The Hague in the Netherlands. I particularly like the color of his eye.

15.) Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian-Eagle-Owl

Photo Credit: © Mark George / The Environmental Blog


Also known as the European Owl, this powerful bird of prey is sometimes called the largest owl species although technically it is not. These birds normally hang around cliffs, caves, and crevices in the northern forests of Europe and Asia where they like to make nests. They generally like to eat various small animals such as rats, rabbits, and voles but sometimes go for adult foxes and baby deer. They are classified by IUCN as Least Concern in terms of its population.

16.) Hawaiian Goose

Hawaiian Goose

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I called this guy a Hawaiian Goose, but please someone correct me if I am wrong. Sometimes you just snap a photo of a bird, and you are not sure of the species. I do know that the Hawaiian Goose is endangered and I snapped this photo while in a conservation reserve, so it is possible he is the Hawaiian Goose. Anyways, I love this birds expression.

17.) Military Macaw

Military macaw

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Military Macaws are just about as gentle and calm as all other types of macaws. It is known for its bright and predominantly green colors. The IUCN classifies this species as “Vulnerable” (V) but is a common bird in the pet industry. It’s natural habitat is in the forests of Bolivia, Mexico, Brasil, and other parts of South America.

18.) Black Headed Ibis

Black Headed Ibis

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This Black Headed Ibis is an interesting bird because of his very black head and skin texture. These birds are typical of your average ibis, they eat fish, frogs, and insects. These are also sometimes referred to as the Oriental White Ibis.

19.) Feeding The Birds

Feeding The Birds

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This is another one of those moments where you try to capture the scene of someone feeding the local small birds with bread crumbs and then a swarm of birds attack. It’s actually fun to just sit there and watch, but in my case I had to try to seize the moment and snap away.

20.) Mighty Barn Owl

barn owl

Photo Credit: © Mark George / The Environmental Blog


The Barn Owl is one of the most common of owl species and most distributed of bird species as well. It is also commonly referred as the Common Barn Owl. This bird is a nocturnal creature (usual for most owls) and loves to hang out in open grass-lands or farm-lands. Wild barn owls tend to live relatively short lives by falling prey to other predators which actually includes other owls such as the Great Horned Owl and the Eurasian Eagle Owl. Even though these birds fall victims to other predators, the IUCN classifies this species as Least Concern due to their high population numbers across various parts of the world.

21.) Hello Surprise – Secretary Bird

Hello Surprised Bird

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I don’t really know the gender of this secretary bird, but if I had to guess I would say female. The best part about this little gal is her expression. It’s almost like she’s saying “You’re taking a photo of me? How Dare You!” Notice her very curly eye lashes.

22.) Yellow Billed Stork – Take a Bow

Yellow Billed Stork

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This yellow billed stork, aka Mycteria Ibis, occurs in Africa south of the Sahara as well as in Madagascar and is protected under the AEWA. I certainly appreciate his performance as he bowed down to me as a snapped this photo, it was pretty astounding that he did that for me…or maybe I just got lucky.

23.) Albino Wild Turkey

albino wild turkey

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Wild turkeys are very good at flying, unlike domesticated turkeys. They usually love to be around open areas like grasslands, savannas, or sometimes woodlands. An interesting factoid about male turkeys is that they are polygamous – they try and mate with as many hens as possible. Wild turkeys have a varied diet which has helped them stay on the IUCN red list as “Least Concern”.

24.) Practicing Martial Arts – The White Stork Stance

White Cranes in a Row

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The image I get when I see this photo is not of wildlife, birds, or animals…it’s of a yoga studio where people are engaging in the Crane Position…haha. Kidding aside, this was a neat line-up of white storks in their natural resting or feeding position.

25.) Marabou Stork – Burn Victim Or Genetics?

Burn Victim Marabou Stork

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Marabou storks are known for their fuzzy hairs atop of their heads, but I just can’t help but feel like they have the appearance of burn victims. I checked out other people’s photos of marabou storks though, and they all have the same characteristics.

26.) Friendly Pair of Scarlet Macaws

Friendly Parrots

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These two colorful Scarlet Macaws or red parrots are teaming with the message of friendship. They are obviously holding each others arms out to each other in a sign of affection for each other. Even though as humans, we anthropomorphize what we think animals are feeling, it’s still human nature to want to have some connection to animals on an emotional level.

27.) Funny Bird Moment – Eurasian Oystercatcher

Funny Bird Moment

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This is a photo of a Eurasian Oystercatcher. I love this bird photo because of what’s about to happen. He is obviously about to step in a giant pile of poo and he has this look in his eye that looks like he is doing it on purpose just to make you laugh. I don’t know if he is REALLY doing it on purpose, but in this moment, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud a little.

28.) Blue and Yellow Macaw

Blue and Yellow Macaw

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Remember the battle of the macaws earlier? Well, this photo clearly is a follow up to the previous one, this time saying “I am the winner” as he proudly displays his bold blue and yellow colors.

29.) Great Grey Owl – Lapland Owl

Great Grey Owl - Lapland Owl

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The great grey owl is one of the largest owls that live in the northern regions of the planet. This owl is just one of those types of owls that seem friendly, wise, and adorable. Don’t forget that these are birds of prey and they will shred a friendly little rabbit to shreds to feast on. The IUCN classifies these birds as Least Concern (LC).

30.) Australian Laughing Jackass

australian laughing jackass

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A native to Australia, the Australian Laughing Jackass is one of those birds that can be heard from quite a distance away due their “laugh” but usually at sunrise and sunset.

31.) Cassowary

cassowary

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The cassowary is a large flightless bird that inhabits the lands of north-eastern Australia as well as in the lush tropical forests of New Guinea. It’s loves to eat fruit, grass, and bugs. The most common sub-species of the cassowary is the Southern Cassowary – which is considered a Vulnerable species according the IUCN Red List.


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My name is John Tarantino ... and no, I am not related to Quinton Tarantino the movie director. I love writing about the environment, traveling, and capturing the world with my Lens as an amateur photographer. You can connect with me via Google+ or via Twitter: Follow @EnvironmentBlog


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2 Comments on “31 Awe Inspiring Bird Photos

  1. Superb work , you have share really fantastic . Bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography. This should come as no surprise since birding is one of the world’s most popular pastimes!

  2. Growing up, my Uncle did bird calling as a very intense hobby. I was fascinated by the many sounds he was able to make and how each of these sounds attracted a specific kind of bird. After doing the call, he would photograph them, if they came, and his pictures were beautiful. I wish I still had some. Bird calling takes a lot of patience because more times than not, the bird doesn’t show. You must be knowledgeable about which birds are in the location you are in.

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