In late 2020, BirdWatching obtained greater than 700 pictures entered into our Chook Portrait contest from tons of of photographers. Due to everybody who entered! The collection of photos was stellar, as all of our earlier contests have been. The judges had a difficult job! At present we’re proud to current the 12 finalist pictures, featured within the following slideshow.
We’ll announce the three profitable photos right here on our web site tomorrow, they usually’ll be featured in our Might/June concern.
Jim Shane of Meridian, Idaho, photographed this California Condor in December 2019. Here is his story in regards to the picture:
“As the first photographic volunteer for The Peregrine Fund, I get alternatives to work alongside the wildlife biologists working to rescue raptor species in decline or already Critically Endangered. In December 2019 I spent three days working with the sphere biologists in northern Arizona who monitor and look after California Condors which have been launched into the wild from the Vermillion Cliffs facility. This chicken (#16) had been trapped, examined, and subsequently quarantined for lead poisoning — the most typical reason behind demise for these birds. In quarantine, the birds obtain two chelation pictures per day to battle the lead poisoning and, upon restoration, are launched again into the wild on a cliff over the northeast finish of the Grand Canyon. I accompanied wildlife biologist Josh Younger when he launched #16 and one different chicken. After a brief interval of having fun with free flight, #16 settled on some rocks on the fringe of the cliff and posed for this picture. One of many chicken’s two monitoring screens is partially seen within the picture.”
Gear and settings: Nikon D850 and Nikkor 80-400mm zoom lens at 400mm, hand-held. Settings had been f8 at 1/640th with an ISO of 1600.
Many due to our panel of visitor judges: our Founding Editor and “Wonderful Birds” columnist Eldon Greij; writer, radio host, and Contributing Editor Laura Erickson; and Out of doors Photographer Editor Wes Pitts.