First place: Birds in flight competition 2022

Yellow-rumped Warbler, first place

First place in our 2022 Birds in Flight contest goes to Steve Large of Nanaimo, BC, for this crisp image of a Yellow-rumped Warbler with its wings outstretched and flared tail. Steve took the photo in May 2022 at Oliver Woods Swamp in Nanaimo. The bird had just caught an insect, and Steve snapped the image as the bird bowed before landing near him in a tree.

“This image was part of a sequence of several shots taken at 30 frames per second,” he says. “No matter the bird’s body position, it will always try to keep its head level and focused on where it wants to land.”

He used a Sony a1 with a 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens. Exposure data: 1/4000 @ f/6.3, ISO 2000.

Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: editors Laura Erickson, Pete Dunne and Brian E. Small; professional photographer Marie Read; Outdoor photographer editors Dan Havlik and Kristan Ashworth; And Imagery resource Editor William Brawley.

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