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! 

Green Jay

Green Jay
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Photographer: Gordon Norman

Location and date: San Isidro, Ecuador, February 6, 2019

Description: This portrait of a Green Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) was taken in San Isidro, Ecuador, about 130 km southeast of the capital, Quito, Ecuador on a cloudy, damp morning. There were several fruit feeders nearby to attract the many native bird species in this cloud forest region, and this jay landed on a nearby perch and gave me a long stare. The ambient light was low and subdued, so I used fill flash to illuminate the shadows while capturing several images of this colorful bird.

Gear and settings: Sony a9 mirrorless camera with Sony 400mm f/2.8 G OSS prime lens + 1.4x teleconverter with an off-camera Sony F60RM flash using a MagMod MagBeam flash extender. Settings were ISO 640, shutter speed 1/250, f/4.0, at 560mm focal length with fill flash at -2 stops of exposure compensation on a RRS 24L tripod with Wimberley v2 gimbal head


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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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