From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - the best of 2007's world photo galleries


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If you’re a regular visitor to birdguides.com, you’re probably quite familiar with the excellent collection of UK and Ireland bird photos uploaded by BirdGuides users.

Did you know, though, that the site also hosts an equally impressive collection of bird images taken in other parts of the World? This collection now contains 5041 images of an amazing 1789 species, including some of the World’s most exotic birds.

To celebrate this wonderful resource, we’ve decided to bring you a selection of some of the best images uploaded during 2007 (in no particular order).

You can browse through the full set by clicking on the ‘plus’ symbol to expand the Photos section of the left-hand navigation bar of our new-format website pages. If you prefer, you can narrow the selection by clicking on Western Palearctic, but why not treat yourself to the full set by clicking on World?

Without further ado, we’ll leave you to enjoy the variety and splendour of our planet’s birdlife, as captured by our very own members.

Dolphin Gull
Dolphin Gull, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Great White Egret
Great White Egret, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Photo: Rob Speirs)

Grey Crowned Crane
Grey Crowned Crane, Kenya (Photo: Kerry Bluett)

Azure Tit
Azure Tit, Finland (Photo: Graham Catley)

Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak, Finland (Photo: Stuart M Elsom)

Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl, Finland (Photo: Graham Catley)

Great Grey Owl
Great Grey Owl, Finland (Photo: Mark Breaks)

Grey Crowned Crane
Grey Crowned Crane, Kenya (Photo: Steve Walton)

Grey-headed Kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher, Kenya (Photo: Steve Walton)

Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing, Australia (Photo: Ray Jones)

Little Owl
Little Owl, Israel (Photo: Danny Laredo)

Black-necked Crane
Black-necked Crane, Tibet (Photo: Available Light Images)

Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork, Kenya (Photo: Danny Laredo)

Eastern Reef Heron
Eastern Reef Heron, Brunei (Photo: Derek Moore)

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill, Brunei (Photo: Derek Moore)

Australian Shelduck
Australian Shelduck, Australia (Photo: Derek Moore)

Emu, Australia (Photo: Derek Moore)

Oriental Darter
Oriental Darter, Australia (Photo: Derek Moore)

Pacific Gull
Pacific Gull, Australia (Photo: Derek Moore)

Scarlet Robin
Scarlet Robin, Australia (Photo: Derek Moore)

Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler, United States (Photo: Stuart Elsom)

Short-toed Eagle
Short-toed Eagle, Spain (Photo: Paul Sewell)

Crested Lark
Crested Lark, Cyprus (Photo: Garth Peacock)

Red-knobbed Coot
Red-knobbed Coot, Spain (Photo: Brian Irvine)

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite, India (Photo: Steve Round)

Shoebill, Zambia (Photo: Roger Hammond)

Night Heron
Night Heron, Turkey (Asian) (Photo: Mehmet Goren)

Black-headed Bunting
Black-headed Bunting, Turkey (Asian) (Photo: Mehmet Goren)

Blackish Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Flightless Steamer Duck
Flightless Steamer Duck, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguin, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Night Heron
Night Heron, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Ruddy-headed Goose
Ruddy-headed Goose, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow, United States (Photo: Mark Wilson)

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse, United States (Photo: Mark Wilson)

Southern Giant Petrel
Southern Giant Petrel, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Long-tailed Meadowlark
Long-tailed Meadowlark, Falkland Islands (Photo: Steve Copsey)

Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier, Netherlands (Photo: Jan Bosch)

African Harrier Hawk
African Harrier Hawk, Gambia (Photo: John Hamilton)

Jungle Myna
Jungle Myna, Singapore (Photo: Nigel Forrow)

Salvin's Albatross
Salvin's Albatross, New Zealand (Photo: Steve Arlow)

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull, Spain (Photo: Euan Ferguson)

European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater, Italy (Photo: Paolo Caretta)

European Roller
European Roller, Turkey (Asian) (Photo: Mehmet Goren)

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse, United States (Photo: Mark Wilson)

Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari, Belize (Photo: Richard Fray)

Himalayan Griffon Vulture
Himalayan Griffon Vulture, China (Photo: Available Light Images)

Gray-necked Wood-rail
Gray-necked Wood-rail, Belize (Photo: Richard Fray)

Green-breasted Mango
Green-breasted Mango, Belize (Photo: Richard Fray)

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt, Greece (Photo: Mike Pennington)

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara, Argentina (Photo: Www.Avesweb.Com.Ar)

Pacific Hornero
Pacific Hornero, Argentina (Photo: Www.Avesweb.Com.Ar)

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl, Argentina (Photo: Www.Avesweb.Com.Ar)

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher, Zambia (Photo: Mark Caunt)

Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher, Zambia (Photo: Mark Caunt)

Brown Booby
Brown Booby, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Photo: Rob Speirs)

Alpine Chough
Alpine Chough, Switzerland (Photo: Joel Brueziere)

Swallow-tailed Gull
Swallow-tailed Gull, Ecuador (Photo: Jurrien Jan Wieringa)

Takahe, New Zealand (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Salvin's Albatross
Salvin's Albatross, New Zealand (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican, Australia (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Lewins Honeyeater
Lewins Honeyeater, Australia (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird, Australia (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Nicobar Pigeon
Nicobar Pigeon, Thailand (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Rufous Treepie
Rufous Treepie, India (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Plum-headed Parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet, India (Photo: Adam Bowley)

Red-backed Hawk
Red-backed Hawk and Ruddy-headed Goose, Falkland Islands (Photo: Alan Henry)

Blue-fronted Parrot
Blue-fronted Parrot, Argentina (Photo: Claudio Laquidara)

Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary, Australia (Photo: Ian Hirst)

Kea, New Zealand (Photo: Ian Hirst)

Lava Gull
Lava Gull, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropicbird, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Waved Albatross
Waved Albatross, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Blue-footed Booby
Blue-footed Booby, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican, Ecuador (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Amethyst Sunbird
Amethyst Sunbird, Kenya (Photo: Shailesh Patel)

Houbara Bustard
Houbara Bustard, Canary Islands (Photo: John Anderson)

Green Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater, India (Photo: Steve Morgan)

The information in this article was believed correct at the time of writing. BirdGuides accepts no responsibility for errors, or for any consequences of acting on information in the article. The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily shared by BirdGuides Ltd.

hide section Reader comments (2)

Wow! I've got to get a digital camera to replace my old OM2 that I've not used for ages. What an inspiration these pics are, a good mix of species well-known and unusual. Thanks.
   Mr J Parkin, 22/01/08 17:24Report inappropriate post Report 
Wow some interesting photos. I like the bird on its own page of guidebook.Well Im off to Namibia in a month so will hopefully have a few additions when I come back.
   Craig Nash, 23/01/08 14:32Report inappropriate post Report 

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