This previous spring, we performed our newest picture contest, the 2021 BirdWatching Images Awards, right here on our web site. We obtained greater than 770 entries — photos of owls, eagles, hummingbirds, cranes, and passerines, amongst others — from a whole bunch of photographers. Due to everybody who entered! The number of photos was stellar, as all of our earlier contests have been. The judges had a difficult activity! In the present day we’re proud to current the finalist pictures, featured within the following slideshow.
Every caption tells the story behind the picture, from the photographers themselves, and it lists the digicam gear they used.
We’ll announce the three successful photos right here on our web site on Tuesday, August 10, and so they’ll be featured in our September/October 2021 challenge. Take pleasure in!
It is a Barred Owl pair that nests in an enormous oak in my neighbor’s yard. They’re frequent hunters in our yard as a result of it’s a licensed Georgia Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and attracts a big inhabitants of chipmunks, voles, squirrels, and rats. I do know it sounds merciless, however they preserve the small mammal inhabitants in verify. An necessary position in finishing the ecosystem. It additionally makes for some attention-grabbing circle-of-life photographs.
They often come individually, and I’ve a number of photographs of them individually within the bushes (earlier than being found by the Blue Jays) as a part of my #BirdingFromHome challenge (in response to pandemic sheltering in place). On this case, they have been collectively on a limb proper above our again door. They have been courtship preening: a bonding ritual between a mated pair. I additionally wish to assume they have been on a dad or mum’s evening out date and having fun with some intimate time bonding earlier than “getting again to work feeding the children”. Fairly anthropomorphic I do know, however having shared parenting with the love of my life, I can relate and was thrilled to seize this second.
Gear: Olympus OM-D E-M1X with Olympus M.Zuiko 150-400mm f/4.5 TC 1.25x. Handheld.
Many due to our panel of visitor judges: our Founding Editor and “Wonderful Birds” columnist Eldon Greij; creator, radio host, and Contributing Editor Laura Erickson; Outside Photographer Editor Wes Pitts; and Imaging Useful resource Editor William Brawley.