Our 2020 Bird Portrait competition attracted hundreds of fantastic images. We are pleased to present this slideshow of 12 honorable mention photos, featuring the Bald Eagle, Great Snowy Egret, Great Reddish Egret and Northern Hawk Owl. Appreciate!
Double-crested Cormorant by Stan Bysshe
“The Green Cay Nature Center is a well-known wetland in Boynton Beach, Florida,” says Stan Bysshe. “Due to the large number of people using the sidewalks daily, the birds are quite accessible. This adult double-crested cormorant in full breeding color was not at all concerned about humans in its territory. Perched on a railing from the boardwalk, he showed off to the cormorants below in the marsh grass. Getting close for a head shot was no problem.
Equipment and settings: Nikon D5, Nikon 500mm f4 lens, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley gimbal head. 1/640, f4.0, ISO450.
Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: our founding editor and “Amazing Birds” columnist Eldon Greij; author, radio host and contributing editor Laura Erickson; And Outdoor photographer Editor Wes Pitts.
Discover the 12 finalists of our 2020 Bird Portrait competition
Discover the finalists of our 2019 Bird Portrait competition
UPDATE MARCH 12: We have announced the winners!
First place: cedar waxwing
Second Place: Elegant Trogon
Third place: Wood duck