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: Sha Lu
Location and date: Shoreline Lake Park, Mountain View, California, March 23, 2019.
Description: We are fortunate that a pair of White-tailed Kites has nested at a popular local park for the last several years. It attracted many wildlife photographers to catch their actions. Sometimes we get lucky that the action happens very close to us overhead so that we get detailed action shots. During the breeding season, the male goes out to hunt, while the female takes care of the nest. When the male returns with food, the female often takes flight from the nest to take the prey from the male mid-air. This is an exciting action for wildlife photographers to capture.
Gear and settings: Sony A9, 400mm f/2.8 GM lens and 2X teleconverter, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO640.