Drumroll, please! After receiving more than 1,230 entries to our 2020 BirdWatching Photography Awards Contest, we are ready to announce the finalists (below) and the honorable mention images. Next week, we’ll reveal the three winners.
The following slideshow features the 14 finalists, including images of puffins, penguins, Burrowing Owl, hummingbirds, and more. Enjoy!
Photographer: Jim Burns
Location and date: Lake Hodges, Escondido, California, February 23, 2020.
Description: Part of Clark's Grebes' mating routine is a synchronized dance across the water called "rushing." Obtaining images of this dramatic spring ritual had long been near the top of my photographic "bucket list," and this year the water depth was perfect, and a high overcast enhanced the vivid colors of the birds' eyes and bills without overly contrasting their crisp black and white plumage. This was my best frame because the pair's wings and feet are in perfect balletic synchronicity.
Gear and Settings: Canon 5DM4, Canon 100-400 II zoom lens, handheld.