Bob Graham of Kingsville, Ontario, gained first place in our 2020 Colour of Birds contest with this photograph of a male Orange-breasted Bunting. The species is endemic to western Mexico. Bob and his spouse are retired and spend a lot of the yr in Mexico. They have been renting a home on Troncones Seashore in February 2020, when Bob photographed the bunting whereas it splashed in a pond.
The chicken actually lives as much as the identify of our contest. Males of the species have a pale inexperienced crown, turquoise blue nape and higher elements which can be typically tinged with inexperienced, and a turquoise tail. The lores, eye-ring and underparts are canary yellow, deepening to golden-orange on the breast.
“It was made doubly lovely by its reflection,” Bob says.
Ernie Mastroianni, one among our judges and a former photograph editor of Birder’s World journal, praised the photograph: “Nice gentle, properly composed, technical high quality excessive, plus a compelling, heat palette. The atmosphere of water and droplets is a plus.”
Bob used a Sony Alpha SLT-A58 digicam and a 300mm lens with 1.4x teleconverter.
The photograph was one of many 725-plus pictures submitted to our Colour of Birds contest, and final week we featured it in our gallery of 13 finalists. Examine the hyperlinks beneath for the second- and third-place pictures in addition to our finalists and honorable mentions.