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William Parker Teed won third place in the 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards with this beautiful shot of roseate spoonbills standing on the beach in Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. He photographed the idyllic scene in August 2016.
A few of the birds are preening while the others have their beaks tucked behind their backs with a raised paw.
“It was a very quiet morning,” Teed said. “The water was calm and very shallow. The pond is seasonal and formed by summer rains. Spoonbills woke up at sunrise. The location was perfect, as were the colors of the stage.
He took the picture with a Pentax K-1 camera and a 300mm lens. To see more of his images, visit William’s website.
The photo was one of over 770 that photographers entered into our competition. Last week, we featured him among the dozen finalists. Check out the links below for first and second place images as well as our finalists and honorable mentions.
First place: Short-eared Owl and Northern Harrier
Second place: fewer terns
See the contest finalists
See the honorable mentions of the competition
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