Our 2020 Bird Portrait contest attracted hundreds of fantastic images. We’re happy to present this slideshow of 12 honorable mention photos, featuring Bald Eagle, Snowy, Great, and Reddish Egrets, and Northern Hawk Owl. Enjoy!
"Green Cay Nature Center is a well known wetlands area in Boynton Beach, Florida," says Stan Bysshe. "Because of the many people that use the boardwalks everyday, birds are quite approachable. This adult Double-crested Cormorant in full breeding color was not at all concerned about the humans in its territory. Perched on a boardwalk railing, it was showing off to the cormorants below in the marsh grass. Getting close for a headshot was not a problem."
Equipment and settings: Nikon D5, Nikon 500mm f4 lens, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley gimbal head. 1/640, f4.0, ISO 450.
Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: our Founding Editor and “Amazing Birds” columnist Eldon Greij; author, radio host, and Contributing Editor Laura Erickson; and Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts.
UPDATE, MARCH 12: We have announced the winners!