Avian adventures

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Avian adventures


Photographers around the world have been documenting birds during this busy time of year migrating, building, defending and hatching. Our feathered friends are also in the news this month, with International Migratory Bird Day on May 14, and a movie based on a popular bird game, Angry Birds, opening next week.–By Leanne Burden Seidel
A squacco heron fishes near Pusztaszer, some 140 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, April 26. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
A flock of snow geese, which Middle Creek Land Manager Jim Binder estimated to be around 50,000 strong, takes off from the Middle Creek Reservoir near Kleinfeltersville, PA,, March 8. The snow geese stop at the reservoir to feed on marsh grass before continuing their migration north to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic. (Jim Scalzo/EPA)
A pelcian feeds its young at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, March 16. (Monika Skkolimowska/EPA)
An egret perches on the branch of a tree on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the Panbazar area of Guwahati on May 4. Each year at a similar time, thousands of egrets build their nests among trees in the populated area, a major business centre of the city. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)
A hoopoe leaps out of its nest near Budapest, Hungary, April 27. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
Two eaglets watch a bald eagle fly from their nest over the Raccoon River on April 18, at Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)
A Sandhill Crane walks across a green with chicks during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, in Orlando, Florida. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
A Cape Gannet arrives on an island that is accessible by land using a breakwater in Lamberts Bay, South Africa, May 1. The bird island nature reserve in Lamberts Bay houses thousands of breeding gannet birds visited by tourist yearly as forming part of their West Coast tours in South Africa. (Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)
A swan floats on lake Weissensee near Fuessen, southern Germany on April 5. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
A grey heron fishes near Pusztaszer, some 140 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, April 26. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
Two storks bring nesting material to their nest on April 8 in Biebesheim am Rhein, western Germany. (Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images)
A Tri-colored Heron hatchling opens his mouth at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida on April 21. Spring is nesting season in South Florida and over 140 species of birds have been spotted in the wetlands. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
Pelicans fly above agricultural fields near the southern Israeli city of Netivot, April 11. (Amir Cohen /Reuters)
A duckling huddles under its mother’s feathers in the Boston Public Garden on April 26. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
A grey egret preens near Pusztaszer, Hungary on April 27. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
Birds fly over a closed steel factory where chimneys of another working factory are seen in background, in Tangshan, China. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
With widely open beaks, young robins wait in their nest for their parents to feed them on May 9, in Wiesbaden, western Germany. (Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP/Getty Images)
A flock of black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus) flying past a wetland at the Guandu Nature Park in Taipei. The birds in the past nest mostly in southern Taiwan, but they are gradually expanding to the north and in greater numbers. According to Guandu Nature Park in northern Taiwan, the black-winged stilt population has increased to at least 5,000 nowadays. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the “Fly By Night” art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York ,May 5. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
An adult Wood Stork tends to a hatchling at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida on April 21. Spring is nesting season in South Florida and over 140 species of birds have been spotted in the wetlands. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
Two Great White Egrets (Egretta alba) in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, April 17. So far the appearance of 340 bird species has been registered in Hortobagy, of which 160 species nest in the National Park. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
Male prairie chickens square off for dominance in the lek near Wynot, Neb. A lek is an arena where some species of birds gather to pick a mate for breeding. According to local biologist, Rebekah Jessen, there are around a dozen leks in Dixon and Cedar counties. (Darin Epperly/The Norfolk Daily News via AP)
Canada Geese fight for territory on the Charles River in Cambridge on April 14. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
A flock of birds fly on the sky of Tbilisi on April 18. (Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images)
A ruby-throated hummingbird takes off from a backyard feeder on a rear deck in Pembroke, Mass. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
A bar-tailed Godwit arrives in Spencer Gulf in South Australia. They are the international travellers who come to Australia each year to rest and feast, but migratory birds face a perilous journey, officials said on April 8 as they launched a plan to help protect them. (Chris Purnell/AFP/Getty Images)
An egret protects its eggs on a tree on the banks of river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, May 6. During this time of the year, hundreds of egrets build their nests in thickly populated trees along the Brahmaputra. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)
A trio of week-old Cygnets swim in Bush Pond in Norfolk, Mass., May 13. Cygnets, or baby swans typically do not remain in the birth nest for more than a day and are cared for by both parents for about one year. (Matt Campbell/EPA)
Pigeons fly in front of the Eiffel Tower at sunrise in Paris on April 3. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
A goose tends to its chicks as they cross a sidewalk near a pond in Salina, Kan. April 20. (Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal via AP)
A grey heron catches at fish in Pusztaszer, some 140 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, April 27. (Attila Kovacs/EPA)
People take photos of a flock of snipes flying above the Yalu River, in Dandong, Liaoning province, China, April 23. (China Daily via Reuters)
A white stork brings branches to its nest situated on a cell phone tower near Don Benito, Spain, April 13. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)
A swan hunts for food in the lagoon at the Public Garden in Boston. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

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