Birds

A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai February 11, 2015.

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A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Wednesday

A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel.

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A flock of starlings fly in formation near the Arab town of Rahat, southern Israel

Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi...Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi 

Starlings in the Scottish Borders...Tens of thousands of starlings start their murmuration, with Criffel mountain in the background, as dusk falls near Gretna Green on the England and Scotland border. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 5, 2014. The reason for the beautiful spectacle is not definitively known, with theories ranging from a defence mechanism against predators to attracting more birds to join their roost. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Starlings. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Tens of thousands of starlings start their murmuration, with Criffel mountain in the background, as dusk falls near Gretna Green on the England and Scotland border. The reason for the beautiful spectacle is not definitively known, with theories ranging from a defense mechanism against predators to attracting more birds to join their roost. 

Pink footed geese take off to feed from Montrose Basin on November 5, 2014 in Montrose, Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust have recorded more than 78,000 geese arriving to spend the winter in the reserve, eclipsing a previous record, set in 2010, which saw 65,060 geese arrive at the nature reserve.

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Pink-footed geese take off to feed from Montrose Basin on Wednesday in Montrose, Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust have recorded more than 78,000 geese arriving to spend the winter in the reserve, eclipsing a previous record set in 2010

Doves  sit  on  cables at   a former lignite surface mining area in  Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany.

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Doves sit on cables at a former lignite surface mining area in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany.

A woman feeds birds on the banks of the Rhone river in Lyon, central-eastern France, on October 23, 2014.

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A woman feeds birds on the banks of the Rhone river in Lyon, central-eastern France, on Thursday.

A gallery assistant stands next to 'Language of The Birds' by Anselm Kiefer, which forms part of a major new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London.

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A gallery assistant stands next to ‘Language of The Birds’ by Anselm Kiefer, which forms part of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Policemen and volunteers release eagle owls after their recovery from injury, in Cangzhou, Hebei province...Policemen and volunteers release eagle owls after their recovery from injury, in Cangzhou, Hebei province, July 10, 2014. About 36 of these injured rare birds were sent back to the wild after receiving treatment for their injuries, according to local media. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Policemen and volunteers release eagle owls after their recovery from injury, in Cangzhou, Hebei province in China. About 36 of these injured rare birds were released back into the wild after receiving treatment for their injuries, according to local media

A rag picker sorts through garbage, picking out recycable materials to sell, as birds hover and a dog sleeps at the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 30, 2014. New Delhi, whose population will reach almost 21 million by 2015, generates 8,000 tons of garbage a day. Trash is not separated between organic and inorganic materials -- everything from leftover food to batteries and beverage cans goes into Indian bins -- hurting efficiency and raising toxic emissions.

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A rag picker sorts through garbage, picking out recyclable materials to sell at the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi, India, on Friday

Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom

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Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom 

A Nepalese resident feeds pigeons in Durbar Square in Kathmandu on January 9, 2014. Home to the palaces of Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city, Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

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A Nepalese resident feeds pigeons in Durbar Square in Kathmandu on Thursday. Home to the palaces of Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city, Durbar Square is a Unesco world heritage site

Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, n...Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, northern Germany, on September 20, 2013.      AFP PHOTO / DPA / CARSTEN REHDER / GERMANY OUTCARSTEN REHDER/AFP/Getty Images

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Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, northern Germany on Friday. 

Birds Are Recorded At One Of The Worlds Largest Ringing Stations...RYE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  A warbler is weighed at a ringing hut on a private reserve in East Sussex on August 21, 2013 in Rye, United Kingdom. The BTO are currently in the process of recording migrating hirundines and other birds at the reserve. Hirundines comprise of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows, all of which roost in high numbers on the reserve over summer before continuing their migratory route back to Africa. The reserve is close to the East Sussex coast, and forms an ideal habitat for many resident and migratory birds, comprising of low lying reedbeds and marshy peat bog. The site is one of the worlds largest ringing stations, and with the help of BTO staff, trained ringers and volunteers as many as 1000 hirundines can be ringed in one evening at this time of year. Many other birds are also ringed including Nightjar, Grasshopper Warbler and Sparrowhawk. Volunteers capture the birds using long mist nets which are erected and run through the reedbeds before the birds come in to roost every evening. The birds details are then recorded before being released the following morning to contiinue it's journey. The Information gathered including age, weight and sex allows the BTO to monitor long-term population and global migration patterns which is important for conservation.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A warbler is weighed at a ringing hut on a private reserve in East Sussex, Rye, UK. The British Trust for Ornithology is in the process of recording migrating hirundines and other birds at the reserve. Hirundines comprise of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows, all of which roost in high numbers on the reserve over summer before continuing their migratory route back to Africa. The information gathered, including age, weight and sex, allows the BTO to monitor long-term population and global migration patterns, which is important for conservation 

Crows stop at an urn filled with water in a Tokyo park.

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Crows stop at an urn filled with water in a park in Tokyo, Japan.

Pigeons fly outside Shah-Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Pigeons are startled outside Shah-Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday.