Congratulations to photographer Laurie Dirkx of Rochester, New York. Her picture of a dozen flying Snow Buntings is the winner of our Photo of the Week Contest for March and April. She shot the photo in February 2014 near the snowy Lake Ontario shore, and we featured it the week of April 7.
Christopher Ciccone, whose photo of a Northern Cardinal appears on the cover of our June issue, was our judge.
“Aside from the good job on exposing the light birds on a white background, and having a dozen active birds in the frame in various wing positions showing off all the field marks of the species,” he says, “I feel that the image effectively tells the story of what life is like for these hardy little songbirds of the extreme north — flocking around a single exposed plant in search of seed.”
We’ll publish the photo in our August 2014 issue.