2020 BirdWatching Photography Awards Contest honorable mentions

Earlier this year, we invited photographers to submit their best work for consideration in the 2020 BirdWatching Photography Awards Contest. More than 1,230 photos poured in, from hundreds of contestants. Over the last few weeks, the judges combed through the entries, and now, we are ready to announce the finalists and the honorable mention images. Next week, we’ll reveal the three winners.

The following slideshow features the 17 honorable mention photos, including images of Anna’s Hummingbird, Great Gray and Great Horned Owls, young Roseate Spoonbills, a Sunbittern in Brazil, and more. Please enjoy! 

Sandhill Crane and colt

Sandhill Crane and colt

Photographer: Lauri Griffin

Location and date: Viera Wetlands, Viera, Florida, June 11, 2012.

Description: Since the cranes tend to use the same nest each year if it has not been destroyed by weather, it's nice to start checking toward the end of April to see if the parents are sitting on the nest in a marshy area. The female lays two eggs, and she will turn them regularly. And she switches places with the male. Both parents, who mate for life, take care of the colts for as long as they all remain a family. I had been watching this nest for several weeks and was delighted when the eggs hatched. The other colt is under her feathers, out of sight.

Gear: Canon EOS 7D.

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