Philip Witt of Somerset, New Jersey, took second place in our 2020 Shade of Birds contest with this beautiful picture of a Scarlet Macaw. The fowl was ingesting from a clay lick close to the Napo River in Ecuador. He made the photograph on February 24, 2020. The clay lick is inside Yasuní Nationwide Park, which protects almost 10,000 sq. kilometers of rainforest in jap Ecuador.
Witt says of his photograph: “We waited over two hours in a blind for the macaws to reach on the clay lick, and our endurance was lastly rewarded with implausible sightings of the birds ingesting, properly set off by the darkish entrance to a cave.”
Mia McPherson, a fowl photographer and one in all our judges, says, “the wealthy, pure colours of the Scarlet Macaw ingesting on the salt lick are enhanced by the low pose of the macaw, its habits, and the water droplets falling from its invoice. This charming picture not solely exhibits the great thing about the fowl however its atmosphere and habits.”
Philip used an Olympus M1X digicam and an Olympus 300mm f/4 lens, and his settings had been f/4, 1/800 sec., ISO 1000.
The photograph was one of many 725-plus photos submitted to our Shade of Birds contest, and final week we featured it in our gallery of 13 finalists. Test the hyperlinks under for the first- and third-place photos in addition to our finalists and honorable mentions.