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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!

Cattle Egret by Steven Van Meter

Cattle Egret by Steven Van Meter

”It was an early morning trip to a local rookery area near Orlando’s Gatorland to photograph nesting Cattle Egrets," Steven Van Meter explains. "They have very bright colors at mating time where their beaks have all the colors of the rainbow and the eyes become red. I had tried to get images of the birds up close, but they were not really cooperating. After an hour and half as I was heading out, this bird came out of a tree nest and sat on a branch about 30 feet from me for several minutes.”

Equipment and settings: Nikon D500 camera with a Sigma 150-600mm zoom lens at 600mm with an exposure of 1/2000th of a second @ ƒ11 with ISO 800 handheld.

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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