Bird Photo Competition 2 2017 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $764.00
  • Judges Comment
  • Ignoring the birds in this image for a moment, what we see is a dark and dingy mangrove swamp which, although evocative and nicely three-dimensional, is decidedly lacking in points of interest. This situation mirrors our experience of natural environments in the real world which, however beautiful, seem somehow lacking without the presence of birds or animals. Also reflecting our real-world experience, the more you look within this scene, the more birds you see (you should be able to see at least ten). Best among them, though, is obviously the beautifully posed and positioned flying bird on the frame's centre-line, the white plumes of which bring light to an otherwise murky setting. A great example of the increasingly-popular 'birdscape' genre.
  • Photographers Comment
  • I made this picture on a foggy January morning at Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge, La. There were many birds gathered:egrets, herons and cormorants. I wasn't standing exactly where I had hoped to be as other photographers had beat me to the spot. I was between trees and bushes, but yet, it still seemed to be the perfect spot to capture this moment, when the egret ascended into the air. I used a Canon 7D mark ii with the Tamron SP 150-600mm g2 lens. The ISO was 1000, with f/9 and 1/250 shutter. The focal length was 150mm.
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  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • Incredible timing as this Ferruginous Hawk strikes its doomed prey.
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • This image illustrates the plumage differences between this pair of Long-tailed Ducks. And it looks as though they're kissing. :)
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A sumptuous low-key capture of a Shag, made more interesting by the water droplets and out-of-focus second bird.
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A 'right place, right time' shot capturing the tussle between the Secretary Bird and the snake.
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A lovely family shot of these well-camouflaged owls that could easily have been missed.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank You! My name is Lisa Kee. I am a hobbyist photographer in Missouri. This Great Horned Owl nest was at a busy local park. It was a cold February day and the owlets were hunkered down with their mother right behind them keeping a watchful eye on her babies. Taken with a Canon 7D, Canon 500mm lens, ISO 500, f/5.6 @ 1/500th.
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  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • A setting sun provides beautiful back-lighting to this portrait.
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  • I'm Yu Deng from China. It's luck time that I can take the photo about the Little Curlew with sunset. It's very difficult to meet the Little Curlew in our area. They stay short time during their migration. Canon 1D mark IV, Tamron 150-600mm, F6.3, 1/320,ISO-50, 375mm Thanks
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  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • Proof that only the largest aquatic creatures are safe when there are herons around.
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • Many now regard 'bird-on-a-stick' shots as passé, but this female Red-winged Blackbird portrait shows why this genre of bird photography retains its appeal.
  • Mark Of Excellence
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  • This awkward crane chick can't help but tug on the heart strings.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you so much! I spent 3 days photographing this colt in Venice Florida. He/she had so much personality. In this moment the colt seemed to break out in "A happy dance!" He/she made me laugh out loud! I captured this shot using a Canon 80D and sigma 150mm-600mm lens.
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