Pam Jenks, of Canmore, Alberta, won second place in the 2020 BirdWatching Photography Awards contest with this striking photo of a Northern Goshawk eating a male Wood Duck. She took the photo in her snow-covered yard on April 15, 2020.
“This photo grabbed my attention from the moment I saw it,” said BirdWatching editor Matt Mendenhall. “It shows in remarkable detail a top predator of the northern forests surrounded by the remains of one of the most beautiful birds in North America. It epitomizes Tennyson’s famous quote, ‘nature, red in tooth and claw.’ It’s both a tragic scene and one that evokes the goshawk’s power and prowess.”
Pam used a Canon EOS R camera with a 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens. The settings were 1/2500 sec, f/6.3, and ISO 800.
The photo was among more than 1,230 entries that we received during the contest period this spring. And it was one of the 14 finalists that we announced last week. Check the links below for the first- and third-place images as well as our finalists and honorable mentions.
Many thanks to our judges: Professional bird photographer Alan Murphy; author, podcaster, BirdWatching columnist, and photographer Laura Erickson; Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts, and BirdWatching Editor Matt Mendenhall.