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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!

Reddish Egret by Craig Goettsch

Reddish Egret by Craig Goettsch

Craig Goettsch of Colorado Springs, Colorado, photographed this white-morph Reddish Egret on May 8, 2019 at Bunch Beach Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida.

"One of my favorite birds to photograph is the Reddish Egret as it dances in search of its next meal," he says. "It will run along in the shallow water, abruptly change directions, raise its wings, jump, fly a few feet and repeat again and again. When it spies a fish, it will plunge its head into the water with a splash. More often than not, the egret will raise its head triumphantly with a wriggling prize in its beak. These antics make for fast action and are a fun challenge to capture."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D500 camera; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens; 1/3200 second at f5.6; -1/3 EV; ISO 500; 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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