Taking photos of birds is one of the most difficult things to do in wildlife photography. Birds are skittish, they fly away once you get close to them, and most of them are small enough to make you wonder whether you should ask your spouse for a 800mm lens as your next birthday present. For some of us, these challenges increase the joy of photographing birds.
Over the course of 2014, ambitious volunteers from different parts of the world have been uploading bird photos to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s image repository. Their volunteer efforts help Wikipedia’s many authors in the field of biology to illustrate their articles. Here’s a selection of my favorite bird photos that have been promoted to “featured picture” status on Wikimedia Commons this year: