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2020 Bird Portrait contest honorable mentions

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! 

Great Horned Owl by Scott Wilson

Great Horned Owl by Scott Wilson

"A Great Horned Owlet ventures -- or should I say struts -- out of its nest for the first time," says Scott Wilson of this image. "A totally confident youngster -– warmed by early morning light and blending beautifully into the background."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D5 + Nikon 600mm f/4 + 1.4x TC (850mm) + Gitzo Tripod. f/8, 1/800 sec., ISO 1250.

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. 

View the 12 finalists from our 2020 Bird Portrait contest

View the finalists from our 2019 Bird Portrait contest

UPDATE, MARCH 12: We have announced the winners!

First place: Cedar Waxwing

Second place: Elegant Trogon

Third place: Wood Duck

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