In the last few months of 2019, BirdWatching received more than 1,000 submissions to our Bird Portrait Contest from hundreds of photographers. The contest drew an exceptional selection of photos, making the judges’ job quite difficult, and now we’re happy to present the 12 finalist images in this slideshow.
Photographer: Michael De Rosa
Location and date: Lake Mburro National Park, Uganda, August 2016
Description: I had told my guide Deo that the roller was one of my favorite East African birds, but we had not seen any on this trip. On a game drive at the park, he suddenly stopped and pointed at a thorn bush. A magnificent roller was perched in great light and with a lovely background. He was very co-operative even after I very quietly came out of our vehicle to take some more photos.
Gear and settings: Canon 70D; 150-600 mm Sigma lens. 1/6400 sec at f/6.3, ISO 4000.