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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! 

Black Vulture

Black Vulture
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Photographer: Gloria Markiewicz

Location and date: Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida, August 5, 2018

Description: Hundreds of Turkey and Black Vultures gather at the weir in Myakka River State Park, and birders would flock to see them if those impressive numbers were eagles or Sandhill Cranes. But vultures don't seem to command the respect of other species, perhaps because of their dietary habits. But I think of vultures as the earth's recyclers. A perched vulture stands with a certain dignity, knowing that he is perfectly adapted for his job, from his featherless head to his exceptionally strong beak. His vision and his sense of smell are both well developed.

I took the photo as the morning light accented the vulture's folds of skin and glossy, black feathers.

Gear and settings: NikonD610 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens, 600mm focus, f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 280 oev.


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 BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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