This previous spring, we carried out our newest picture contest, the 2021 BirdWatching Images Awards, right here on our web site. We acquired greater than 770 entries — photographs of owls, eagles, hummingbirds, cranes, and passerines, amongst others — from tons of of photographers. Due to everybody who entered! The number of photographs was stellar, as all of our earlier contests have been. The judges had a difficult job! Immediately we’re proud to current the honorable point out images, 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 photographs right here on our web site on Tuesday, August 10, they usually’ll be featured in our September/October 2021 challenge. Get pleasure from!
I had been observing a mated pair of Better Roadrunners, on and off from a respectful distance, for a number of weeks throughout spring nesting season, photographing pair bonding, copulation, searching collectively within the desert, and finally nest constructing. The nest was six ft up within the tangled crotch of an Acacia. He was bringing nesting supplies for her to work into the woven stick body of the nest.
He would go away, pull up desert weeds and greenery by the roots, then carry beak a great deal of the delicate materials again to her to line the nest. This went on for an hour or so one morning and, simply as I used to be about to depart, I used to be blown away to see him come trotting again along with his beak full of those lovely yellow flowers, blossoms of Desert Bladderpod, a drought resistant “weed” that grows within the Sonoran Desert after wet winters.
It was unimaginable to not think about this reward to his mate anthropomorphically. On the way in which residence, I finished in a retailer and acquired some flowers to take to my spouse.
Gear: Canon 5D M4 with a Canon 100-400mm lens.
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; Out of doors Photographer Editor Wes Pitts; and Imaging Useful resource Editor William Brawley.