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40% of bird species migrate on a regular basis, in search of feeding and breeding grounds. This gallery celebrates migratory birds in all their diversity. Cranes, geese and waders undertake some of the most spectacular migrations, while the Arctic tern accomplishes the longest migration of any species with an annual round trip of 40,000 miles! Many of the songbirds of the northern hemisphere are long distant migrants, spending the winter in the tropics. Some species, such as the European swallow, travel as far as South Africa.
Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Wiltshire, UK, June.  Digital composite image.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Wiltshire, UK, June. Digital composite image.
Bar headed geese flying {Anser indicus} captive, photographed during filming of 'Supernatural' series  -  John Downer
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John Downer / Bar headed geese flying {Anser indicus} captive, photographed during filming of 'Supernatural' series
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight, Utsjoki, Finland, July  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight, Utsjoki, Finland, July
Arctic tern (Sterna Paradisaea) hovering in flight over an iceberg.Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. February.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Arctic tern (Sterna Paradisaea) hovering in flight over an iceberg.Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. February.
Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male on rock during migration, Oman, April.  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male on rock during migration, Oman, April.
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) in flight, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) in flight, UK
Swift (Apus apus) flock screaming  in flight against blue sky and clouds, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, July.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Swift (Apus apus) flock screaming in flight against blue sky and clouds, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, July.
Common cranes (Grus grus) small group in flight, Pruchten, Germany, October  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Common cranes (Grus grus) small group in flight, Pruchten, Germany, October
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in flight, Alentejo, Portugal, April.  -  Loic  Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in flight, Alentejo, Portugal, April.
RF- Flock of European white storks (Ciconia ciconia) on migration. Tanzania. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF- Flock of European white storks (Ciconia ciconia) on migration. Tanzania. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Thousands of Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) taking flight to begin their migration south from their summer nesting grounds in the Arctic, Alaska.  -  Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Thousands of Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) taking flight to begin their migration south from their summer nesting grounds in the Arctic, Alaska.
Slow motion clip of Amur falcons (Falco amurensis) congregating at roost site during their migration from Siberia to Africa, near Doyang reservoir, Nagaland, India, October.  -  Sandesh  Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Slow motion clip of Amur falcons (Falco amurensis) congregating at roost site during their migration from Siberia to Africa, near Doyang reservoir, Nagaland, India, October.
European Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) with large caterpillar in beak, resting briefly whilst on migration north, Castro Verde, Portugal, April  -  Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / European Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) with large caterpillar in beak, resting briefly whilst on migration north, Castro Verde, Portugal, April
Migrant Reed warbler on passenger on boat {Acrocephalus scirpaceus} Bay of Biscay  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Migrant Reed warbler on passenger on boat {Acrocephalus scirpaceus} Bay of Biscay
Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) in flight, Israel, May  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) in flight, Israel, May
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) silhouetted against late evening sunlit clouds. Porvoo, Finland, May. Magic Moments book plate, page 124.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) silhouetted against late evening sunlit clouds. Porvoo, Finland, May. Magic Moments book plate, page 124.
Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) dead in water due to fatigue from migration. Portugal  -  Luis Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) dead in water due to fatigue from migration. Portugal
Flock of Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) perched on power lines during migration,  France. September.  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Flock of Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) perched on power lines during migration, France. September.
Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) caught in mist net, ready to be ringed, measured and released. Pitou, France.  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) caught in mist net, ready to be ringed, measured and released. Pitou, France.
Sandhill cranes {Grus canadensis} at sunrise, Bosque del Apache, NM, USA 2006  -  DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Sandhill cranes {Grus canadensis} at sunrise, Bosque del Apache, NM, USA 2006
Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March  -  Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight over sea. Happy Island, China. May.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight over sea. Happy Island, China. May.
Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) silhouette of flock in flight, sunset, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, November  -  Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) silhouette of flock in flight, sunset, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, November
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) three in flight, Vardo, Norway, May.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) three in flight, Vardo, Norway, May.
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight over water, Hanko, Finland, September  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight over water, Hanko, Finland, September
Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) during migration, Yalu Jiang, China. April.  -  Gerrit  Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) during migration, Yalu Jiang, China. April.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) group landing, Avon Heathcote Estuary, Christchurch, New Zealand  -  Jonathan Harrod
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Jonathan Harrod / Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) group landing, Avon Heathcote Estuary, Christchurch, New Zealand
Adult male Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)in the snow, in breeding plumage. Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA, May.  -  Gerrit Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Adult male Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)in the snow, in breeding plumage. Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA, May.
Northern Wheater (Oenanthe oenanthe) female in flight, against blue sky, Finland, June  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Northern Wheater (Oenanthe oenanthe) female in flight, against blue sky, Finland, June
Wheatear  (Oenanthe oenanthe) in early morning light, Oland, Sweden, June.  -  Werner Bollmann
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Werner Bollmann / Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) in early morning light, Oland, Sweden, June.
Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male perched during migration, Oman, April.  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male perched during migration, Oman, April.
Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) female perched on bracken whilst on spring migration. London, England, UK, April.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) female perched on bracken whilst on spring migration. London, England, UK, April.
Female Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) bringing food to fledglings at nest entrance, Bulgaria, May 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Nill
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Nill / Female Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) bringing food to fledglings at nest entrance, Bulgaria, May 2008
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) trio flying, North America  -  Donald M. Jones
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Donald M. Jones / Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) trio flying, North America
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) flock flying past snow and ice covered face of Mt McKinley at sunrise, during the birds' fall migration south, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) flock flying past snow and ice covered face of Mt McKinley at sunrise, during the birds' fall migration south, Denali National Park, Alaska
Common / Eurasian crane (Grus grus) flock in flight with snow topped Pyrenees mountains in the background, during southward migration period, Haute Pyrenees, Gascony, France. December 2009  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common / Eurasian crane (Grus grus) flock in flight with snow topped Pyrenees mountains in the background, during southward migration period, Haute Pyrenees, Gascony, France. December 2009
Common crane (Grus grus) flock in flight, silhouetted at dawn, Lac du Der, France, November.  -  Fabrice  Cahez
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Fabrice Cahez / Common crane (Grus grus) flock in flight, silhouetted at dawn, Lac du Der, France, November.
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) perched on a reed stem and singing, England, UK, May.  -  Mick Jenner
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Mick Jenner / Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) perched on a reed stem and singing, England, UK, May.
Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) singing, Bavaria, Germany, May.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) singing, Bavaria, Germany, May.
Grasshopper warbler (Locustella naevia) singing, Norfolk, England, UK, April  -  David  Tipling / 2020VISION
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David Tipling / 2020VISION / Grasshopper warbler (Locustella naevia) singing, Norfolk, England, UK, April
Wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) perched on twig, singing, Wales, UK, June 2012.  -  Andy  Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) perched on twig, singing, Wales, UK, June 2012.
RF - Brent geese (Branta bernicla) flock in flight over the north sea at Titchwell RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / RF - Brent geese (Branta bernicla) flock in flight over the north sea at Titchwell RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Male Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) singing, Bavaria, Germany, April.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Male Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) singing, Bavaria, Germany, April.
Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia) male singing while perched on Crabapple  (Malus sp.) flowers in spring, New York, USA May.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia) male singing while perched on Crabapple (Malus sp.) flowers in spring, New York, USA May.
Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) singing in tree, South Yorkshire, England, UK, April.  -  Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) singing in tree, South Yorkshire, England, UK, April.
Demoiselle crane (Anthropoides virgo) flock flying over village during migration. Western Rajasthan, India. December.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Demoiselle crane (Anthropoides virgo) flock flying over village during migration. Western Rajasthan, India. December.
Great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) singing in reedbed, Lake Neusiedl, Austria, May.  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) singing in reedbed, Lake Neusiedl, Austria, May.
Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) singing, Bavaria, Germany, April.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) singing, Bavaria, Germany, April.
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