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!
Anthony Goldman of Tampa, Florida, was photographing birds at Fort DeSoto Beach when he spotted this Reddish Egret. "It was a particularly windy day, which created the 'bad hair day' look for the egret."
Equipment and settings: Canon 1DX Mk II, Canon 500mm lens with 1.4x extender, handheld, no flash. f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO 100
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!