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2019 Bird Portrait Contest honorable mentions

We received more than 1,000 submissions to our 2019 Bird Portrait Contest, and now, after combing through the entries, we’re excited to announce the results. 

The following slideshow displays our 15 honorable mention images, including photos of Brown Pelican, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Green Jay, plus three great shots of Anhinga. Enjoy! 



Photographer: Carole Devillers

Location and date: Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida, March 16, 2019

Description: "How do you like my new glasses?" That's what this handsome male Anhinga with disconcerting innocence seems to be asking . New glasses alright, because his iridescent greenish blue eye-makeup, together with his striking hind neck feathers, are two signs of his breeding condition -- a condition that occurs just a few weeks during nesting season.

This was taken at Circle B Bar Reserve, a great place to photograph avian wildlife. The bird was perched on a branch in the middle of the waterway running parallel to the trail I was on, and I started photographing his every slight move. As my excitement at his beauty grew, I decided to spend time with him and sat on a small folding stool I carry with me. When he turned his head and looked at me, I found his blue framed-eyes very amusing, giving me an unusual portrait of a species I've been photographing a lot under different situations. I spent half an hour with my subject, delighting in the connection we were having, that left an indelible stamp on my mind.

Gear and settings: Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary lens; ISO 2500; Shutter speed 1/1000s; F stop f 6.3; Focal lens 350 mm; K&F Concept Tripod

View the Bird Portrait Contest finalists

View the winners of our 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards


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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and You can reach him at [email protected].

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