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!
"While visiting a Lake Michigan beach in Manistee, Michigan, I saw a Sanderling approaching," says Roger Hagerman. "I lay down on the beach, getting as flat as possible, until I was at eye level with the Sanderling. I shaped some sand into a small mound and rested my wrists on top for use as a tripod while holding my camera, The sun was low in the sky an hour and a half before sunset, providing perfect nature light. The Sanderling continued feeding, slowly meandering near the water's edge toward me, while I photographed it."
Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L II USM lens. ISO 800, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/8000. Edit in Lightroom.
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!