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! 

Least Bittern

Least Bittern
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Photographer: Alyssa Rella

Location and date; Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, September 5, 2019

Description: I am a staff member at the Raptor Trust, a wild bird rehabilitation center located in New Jersey. The Least Bittern was rescued and successfully rehabilitated by the Raptor Trust. I was asked to go on the release to take some photos. The bird was released a distance away from us and quickly ran into the grasses and assumed the typical bittern position. I loved that this photo shows how its eyes are uniquely positioned on its head.

Gear and settings: Nikon D3200 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 600mm, handheld. ISO 400 F/6.3 1/800 sec.


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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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