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2020 Color of Birds contest honorable mentions

Our 2020 Color of Birds contest attracted loads of great images. We’re happy to present this slideshow of honorable mention photos, featuring hummingbirds, toucans, and many more birds. Enjoy!

Atlantic Puffin by Derrick Jackson

Atlantic Puffin by Derrick Jackson

"This image was taken on July 12, 2014 on Eastern Egg Rock, Maine," writes Derrick Jackson. "This was a magic moment for me. As the photographer for the 2015 book Project Puffin, I have been taking images of puffins for many years. But rarely on Egg Rock do they come right up to bird blinds and pose for a 'studio' portrait.

"I was looking out of my blind aiming for more distant puffins when Steve Kress, the conservation hero who restored puffins to several islands in Maine after a century's absence, waved at me from his bird blind and in a half shout, half whisper said, 'Look behind you!'

"There was this puffin, right behind my behind."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D300 with an 80-400mm f4.5/5.6 zoom, set at Focal Length 340. Exposure was 1/1600 at f7.1. ISO 250.

View the Color of Birds contest finalists

Third place: White-necked Jacobin

Second place: Scarlet Macaw

First place: Orange-breasted Bunting

Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: bird photographer Mia McPherson, photo editor and photographer Ernie Mastroianni, and Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts. 

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